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Propane video series includes school bus edition
January 28, 2014
The "Straight Talk" videos from the Propane Education & Research Council feature stories from five managers who use propane autogas in significant portions of their fleets. First up is Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools.
Georgia district combats illegal bus passing
January 28, 2014
Clarke County School District partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
Transfinder named a ‘Best Place to Work’
January 28, 2014
The transportation management software supplier is one of 30 companies designated the Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for 2013 by the Albany Business Review. Companies participate by submitting anonymous employee surveys, and Transfinder’s employees recognized the company's frequent celebrations of employee birthdays and accomplishments and competitive salaries.
The first CE Series school buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine were released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant on Monday.
IC Bus now delivering CE units with Cummins engine
January 27, 2014
The first CE Series school buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine are released from IC Bus’ Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant. The OEM says that, to date, it has received more than 2,000 orders for CE buses with the Cummins engine.
Officials for Utah’s Granite School District are calling upon students to create bus advertisements that highlight specific courses or programs available through the district, or they can also be “help wanted” ads for bus drivers.
District calls for student-designed school bus ads
January 27, 2014
The ads for Granite School District buses must highlight either a program offered by the district, online courses or a “help wanted” ad for bus drivers. Steven Powell, publications specialist for the Salt Lake City-based district, says officials felt that ads on buses created by students would be a good opportunity to showcase some of the programs available.
School bus thefts reported in 3 states
January 27, 2014
Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
District's stop-arm camera pilot finds few violations
January 24, 2014
Last fall, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Schools launched a stop-arm camera pilot program that district officials say returned "some very surprising results." The findings: With 3,100 school bus stops, there were only two potential violations.
Former mechanic creates bus safety lighting system
January 23, 2014
Steve Gardner invented the Gardian Angel, a system for use on school buses that creates a path of light for students to walk in after the bus driver stops and opens the door. His invention was prompted by news of an accident in which a girl was crossing the street to board her bus and was struck and killed.
Consultant Lance Osler joins School Bus Logistics
January 23, 2014
Osler will provide route operations support and software consulting services to current customers and prospects. He comes to the company with a combined 17 years of Edulog and Versatrans experience, which officials say increases opportunities for School Bus Logistics to provide professional routing services and consulting in terms of startup, mid-level and advanced routing operations support.
Tags: routing
A Tennessee bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and D school buses by years of service or miles driven — as long as they are inspected at least once a year and are deemed safe.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
Georgia districts to share buses for field trips
January 23, 2014
Under the agreement, students from Cobb County School District could be transported to and from events with Marietta City Schools students and vice versa, with each district paying the other up front for the use of their buses. The transportation director for Marietta says that when the districts have shared services in the past, it has saved $100 to $500 depending on the trip.
An episode of "How It's Made," shot at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., explains key steps in the building of a school bus.
TV program shows school bus manufacturing process
January 22, 2014
An episode of "How It's Made" explains key steps in the building of a school bus. The show was shot over a two-day period at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla.
Nebraska woman fined for threatening bus driver
January 22, 2014
On Dec. 11, Victoria Gerold boarded the school bus and yelled at and threatened the driver, whom she said curses at the students who ride his bus, including her two sons. She pleads guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct and is charged $515 in fines, court costs and surcharges for the two misdemeanors.
Tags: Nebraska
Troopers: Man purposely rams bus, attempts to board
January 22, 2014
Jonathan Modesitt is arrested following last week’s incident, in which Oregon State Police troopers say he dropped his pants after hitting the bus and tried to get on board with a gun. He faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K hardware grants
January 21, 2014
At the National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Zonar’s Don Carnahan presents hardware grants to school bus contractors Cook-Illinois Corp.; Sunrise Transportation Inc.; and Acme Bus Corp., Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.
Arsenault adds audit option to fleet management software
January 21, 2014
The new feature in Dossier enables management to see not just what was done to a vehicle, but who did it, and when, company officials say. It is also designed to track any additions, changes and deletions that apply to vehicles, parts and personnel, as well as work requested, done or canceled.
Transfinder reports 10% revenue increase in 2013
January 21, 2014
The company’s revenue grew from $7,850,000 in 2012 to $8,605,000 in 2013. Transfinder had other milestones last year as well, including expansion of its products and services into the Caribbean and an increase in its staff.
Tags: routing
UltraLED acquires LED lighting company
January 21, 2014
Texas-based UltraLED Lighting Inc. announces the asset purchase of an undisclosed, privately held LED lighting company. Officials say that the acquisition increases UltraLED Lighting’s product offerings across all fleet vehicle categories and the aftermarket 12-volt industry with more than 75 new product SKUs.
Tags: lighting

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