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Muncie Community Schools has redesigned and rebid its school bus routes to cut costs.  Photo by Kolin Toney. Edited by SBF.
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes
July 18, 2014
After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.
The propane version of Thomas Built’s C2 uses CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system.
CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus
July 17, 2014
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system is employed by the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production.
Distracted bus driver cited in crash that injured 29 students
July 17, 2014
John Logan, a Lewis County (Mo.) C-1 School District bus driver, is charged with improper lane usage resulting in an accident on April 1. While Logan slides a trash can to a child who says she is sick, the front right tire drops off the road and he reportedly over-steers to correct the bus, causing it to slide down an embankment and roll on its top. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report concludes that Logan was at fault because the driver is responsible for staying focused on driving.
From left: Paul Gibson, National Safety Council; Gary Catapano, First Student’s senior VP of safety; Dennis Maple, president of First Student; and Michael Pollock, National Safety Council.
First Student wins award from National Safety Council
July 17, 2014
The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.
Judge rules district owes $770K for bus collision
July 17, 2014
Norris School District is ordered to pay 70% of the damages awarded to Jeff Hall, a pickup truck driver injured in a 2009 collision with a district school bus. The Nebraska Supreme Court overrules a 2010 ruling by the trial court that apportioned 20% of the liability to the county, instructing the trial court to reapportion it between the truck driver and the district. The trial court judge orders the district to cover all 20% plus the initial 50% he had previously ordered it to pay.
6 Tips for School Bus Seat Cover Care and Replacement
July 17, 2014
Regular cleaning and inspections of school bus seat covers can increase their life expectancy while easing tight budgets and helping to ensure children’s safety. Here’s guidance on how to maintain the seat covers — and when they should be replaced.
Among changes to Iowa's school transportation equipment specs is a requirement for remote-controlled mirrors. Photo by John Horton
Iowa updates school bus spec rules
July 16, 2014
Among changes to the state's school transportation equipment specs are requirements for remote-controlled mirrors, fluorescent seat belts for drivers, and fire block upholstery in all seating positions. Lap belts are no longer allowed on new school buses in Iowa, except for use with child seats.
Under a new contract with St. Paul Public Schools, Student Transportation of America will provide new propane-powered vehicles. Pictured is one of the company's propane buses in Nebraska.
New contract brings 65 propane buses to Minnesota district
July 16, 2014
Under the five-year, $4 million contract with St. Paul Public Schools, Student Transportation of America will provide new propane-powered vehicles and a refurbished facility. The contract award also marks the expansion of the company's operations in Minnesota.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will check buses statewide from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles comply with safety regulations.
Kansas Highway Patrol conducting school bus inspections
July 16, 2014
Troopers will check buses statewide from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles comply with safety regulations. Some of the items troopers will check are the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.
A web seminar will address how student transportation departments can collaborate with Safe Routes to School to help children get to school safely. Photo from Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Free webinar on working with Safe Routes to School
July 15, 2014
The web seminar on Thursday will address how student transportation departments can collaborate with Safe Routes to School to help children get to school safely. The program will also showcase a transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus and carpool.
Woman accused of kidnapping girl from bus to plead insanity
July 15, 2014
Marian Moussa allegedly claimed she was the mother of the girl, a special-needs student, so she could remove her from a school bus on Jan. 14, 2013. Moussa turned down a prosecution offer to plead guilty to unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest, which carries a maximum 15-year prison term, while a kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, officials say.
Nominations open for 2014 Sustainability All Stars
July 15, 2014
The awards program recognizes fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability, such as deploying alternative-fuel vehicles or implementing idle-reduction policies. Last year’s Sustainability All Stars included several recipients from the school transportation industry.
Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle
July 15, 2014
The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.
First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
Indian River (Del.) School District's tiered bus system will have new daily starting and ending times for several schools. The system is designed to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the implementation of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system.
District to implement tiered bus scheduling system
July 14, 2014
Indian River (Del.) School District will implement new daily starting and ending times for several district schools. The district is trying to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the rollout of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system in recent years.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. wins women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The school bus contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
A-Z Bus Sales names new CEO
July 11, 2014
As CEO Jim Reynolds retires after 13 years of service, John Landherr, the current president, takes the helm. Landherr, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, U.S. Marines veteran, and Texas A&M MBA graduate in finance, joined A-Z Bus Sales in July of 2013 after being recruited by Reynolds.
Service was stopped for several days at Murphy Bus Lines’ terminals this winter due to the low temperatures in the company’s area of service. Pictured is a bus in the company’s Mitchell, Ontario, yard.
Murphy Bus Lines keeps students safe during harsh winter
July 11, 2014
Murphy Bus Lines was one of the many pupil transportation operations impacted by this year’s harsh winter, but in the face of the challenges it presented, the company’s employees worked together and remained focused on safely transporting students.
Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit delivers a eulogy celebrating Ed, his father and company founder.  Photo by Kelly Bracken
Ed Bobit remembered as 'force of nature'
July 10, 2014
Family, friends and colleagues pay their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service on Wednesday, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.
Espar is now manufacturing the legacy Carrier AC 310 (pictured) and AC 350 roof-mounted bus air-conditioning systems in North America.
Espar now building 2 legacy Carrier bus a/c units
July 10, 2014
Espar Climate Control Systems is now manufacturing the legacy Carrier AC 310 and AC 350 roof-mounted air-conditioning systems in North America. Company officials say that the systems are very popular in the school bus and shuttle coach markets.

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