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Online vehicle lift safety course available in 2014
November 7, 2013
The Automotive Lift Institute is partnering with dealer services provider KPA to produce and deliver the program. “Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition” covers the wide variety of lift types used in professional vehicle service and repair shops, the lifting and lowering process, and the importance of planned lift maintenance performed by a qualified professional.
Adams Outdoor Advertising donated digital billboards displaying a bus safety message to support efforts by Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools’ transportation department to educate the public of the state’s laws for driving around buses.  
District combats bus passing with law enforcement, education efforts
November 7, 2013
Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools’ transportation department has partnered with local police, who cite motorists captured on camera running the buses’ stop arms, and the transportation staff is also working to inform the public of the state’s laws for driving around school buses through billboards and other media outlets. Transportation Supervisor John Legus discusses these and other initiatives with SBF.
4 more earn NAPT's special-needs endorsement
November 6, 2013
Kenny Mulder, Katherine Oetker, Kala Henkensiefken and Diane Stewart are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Photo courtesy of West County Transportation Agency
SBF Special-Needs Survey: We want your input
November 6, 2013
This year’s survey includes questions on such topics as evacuation drills for special-needs students, use of non-school bus vehicles and disabilities or conditions that present the most challenges. The deadline to submit responses is Nov. 22.
During Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40's in-service training, bus drivers participate in teams against one another in a pre-trip inspection competition, and the winning team receives a trophy.
District holds safety competitions during in-service
November 6, 2013
During its week-long training, Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40’s transportation department not only has outside speakers come to the facility and offers sessions on a wide range of topics, the drivers and bus monitors also participate in competitions to test their skills. Here, the manager of transportation provides the details.
Atlantic Express has operations in New York, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania, with a total of more than 5,000 school buses.
Atlantic Express files for bankruptcy
November 5, 2013
The school bus contractor cites a union battle, bidding issues and challenging earnings as key factors. The company will continue normal operations during the Chapter 11 process.
Mississippi lawmakers debate seat belts on school buses
November 5, 2013
Legislators may consider the issue next year, and some are already expressing opinions on both sides. One representative acknowledges that state money for seat belts is limited, but he asks his colleagues, “What is the value of a child’s life?” Others point to potential difficulties bus drivers could have in making sure all students are buckled up.
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
November 5, 2013
More than 30 Bonner Springs, Kan., firefighters and paramedics participated in the school bus contractor’s training program on bus evacuation to better enable them to assist in an emergency on a school bus. The first responders tested their training hands-on as they explored two styles of buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches.
Bus driver dies before starting routes
November 5, 2013
Special-education bus driver Tammy Grant, 45, called for assistance to get off the bus and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Grant was an employee of Durham School Services and had been driving buses for a South Carolina school district for more than 20 years.
MITO extends contract with Blue Bird
November 4, 2013
Electronics distributor MITO will continue to supply the school bus manufacturer with its factory-installed radio system. The contract extension is for three years.
Pete Meslin (far right), director of transportation at California's Newport-Mesa Unified School District, moderated a session at the NAPT Summit in which panelists (from left) Michael and Judith Ann Benedict and their son, Michael Jr., discussed how relationship-building is critical to good customer service when transporting special-needs students.
Customer service and travel training in special-needs busing
November 4, 2013
Sessions during the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in October delved into these topics, with insight from one family’s personal experiences and strategies for attendees to take back to their operations.
Bus swept off road, falls into rushing water
November 1, 2013
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the events surrounding the accident, but a sheriff says that roads in the area were still covered with water from a recent rain, and the bus had driven into a submerged stretch of road. After falling into two and a half feet of water, the 10 students on board use the escape hatch and windows to climb to safety on top of the bus until first responders arrive.
Tags: Kansas
Bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge
October 31, 2013
Darnell Barton, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus operator, was taking 20 students home from school when he spotted the woman perched outside the guardrail over an expressway and coaxed her away from danger. After Barton gave a statement to the police, he continued driving his route.
Tags: New York
Film on 2nd life of school bus now on DVD
October 31, 2013
"La Camioneta" follows a decommissioned school bus from an auction in Pennsylvania to its new life in Guatemala, where it is repainted and repurposed to provide public transportation between the highlands and Guatemala City. The film is available on DVD to purchase, rent or preview.
Matthews Buses sponsors anti-bullying program
October 31, 2013
The school and commercial bus dealership supports speaker Marc Mero and his team’s “Stop Bullying — Never Give Up Tour 2014,” which brings the Champion of Choices presentation to schools. The organization and its program empower students to make healthy and positive choices that lead to lifelong success.
Tags: bullying
Wyoming's Sheridan County School District #1 has assigned iPads to 20 school buses. Drivers have access to a variety of information, including road and weather conditions, and details about the students on their buses.
Wyoming district gets iPads for school buses
October 31, 2013
At Sheridan County School District #1, 20 iPads have been assigned to 20 vehicles, which allows the transportation staff to ensure that any bus driver has access to the technology that is available through the device, including road and travel reports, weather conditions, health information about students and students’ addresses. Transportation Director Lori Thornburg discusses with SBF how the iPads are helping to increase safety and efficiency.
EPA alleges excessive idling, fines bus company $33K
October 30, 2013
School bus operator North Reading Transportation will pay the penalty to settle EPA allegations that it violated federally enforceable motor vehicle idling limits in Massachusetts. EPA officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of idle-reduction measures.
Online option offered for Oklahoma recertification requirement
October 30, 2013
School Training Solutions has released an online curriculum to help Oklahoma school bus drivers meet a new recertification requirement that the State Department of Education instituted. Drivers whose certification has expired for more than a year can purchase and take these online courses through the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation.
Jaeho Lee of Portland, Ore., was the overall winner of this year's National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Lee also placed first in Division I.
Oregon student is top winner of national poster contest
October 29, 2013
The National Association for Pupil Transportation names Jaeho Lee of Portland the overall winner of this year’s National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, and Lee also places first in Division I. The theme for this year’s contest was “At my Stop — You Stop!”
Tags: NAPT
Tyler Technologies unveils cloud-based management tool
October 29, 2013
Traversa is a suite of transportation applications in one system. Providing a touch-screen interface, it gives users a total view of their operations and allows them to make real-time adjustments to bus routing, trip and activity management, work orders and fleet maintenance.

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