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Cellcontrol technology designed to prevent distracted driving
October 10, 2013
The technology uses a unique Bluetooth trigger unit coupled with a mobile application on a cell phone to stop the temptation to call, e-mail, text or surf the Internet while a vehicle is in motion. After the software is downloaded on a computer and the trigger unit is installed in a vehicle, Cellcontrol will automatically enforce the operation’s policy for use of mobile devices while driving.
SMI, ROM Corp. combine businesses under acquisition
October 10, 2013
The companies, which provide safety and productivity products to the school bus and emergency vehicle markets, among others, have been acquired by equity firm The Sterling Group. Joe Uebbing, former CEO of SMI and CEO of the new business, says the transaction will enable the team to continue to develop their diversified specialty vehicle components platform.
Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Oregon district adds riders but decreases route buses
October 10, 2013
Last school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added two schools and changed bell times. The district's routing team was able to increase efficiency and reduce the number of large buses by 1% and small buses by 2% compared to the previous year.
2 contractor managers complete special-needs program
October 9, 2013
Glenn Brooks of Student Transportation of America and Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez of Transporte Sonnell are the latest to earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Great City Schools event to convene transportation directors
October 8, 2013
The Council of the Great City Schools will bring together directors of transportation from large school districts in conjunction with its 2014 conference of chief operating officers in April. The meeting's theme is "Managing for Results."
300 Boston school bus drivers stage strike
October 8, 2013
The drivers, who serve Boston Public Schools, are members of United Steelworkers of America Local 8751, and officials for the district say the strike appears to be connected to the union’s opposition to changes underway from the district’s contractor, Veolia Transportation. The strike impacts nearly half of the 33,000 students who receive yellow bus service.
The first available CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine were produced at the IC Bus Tulsa, Okla., plant last week.
IC Bus builds 1st CE school buses with Cummins ISB
October 8, 2013
The manufacturer is now taking orders for its CE Series school bus with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. The CE Series now offers a selection of three mid-range diesel engines: the MaxxForce 7, MaxxForce DT and Cummins ISB6.7.
Espar unveils heater kits for school buses
October 8, 2013
The E-Guardian PLUS Series heater kits include new features that improve heater efficiency and performance. The series package also includes Espar’s Multi-Max controller with a set of PC-programmable features, allowing management to select holiday and vacation days as much as one year in advance, and ambient temperature sensing to prevent heaters from running in warmer mornings.
During Dysart Unified School District’s Safety Town, kindergarten students learn about everything from first responder equipment to CPR and water safety, and they undergo a mock school bus evacuation drill. Pictured is a lesson during a previous year’s event.
District’s ‘Safety Town’ teaches students bus, life safety
October 8, 2013
Arizona-based Dysart Unified School District’s third annual event will be held this week, with transportation department employees and high school students providing information to approximately 900 kindergartners in such areas as bus evacuation drills, distracted driving and CPR.
Tags: Arizona
Transfinder celebrates new headquarters
October 7, 2013
The transportation management company unveils a sidewalk plaque placed at the entrance of its headquarters at 440 State St. in Schenectady, N.Y., that displays the latitude and longitude coordinates for the address. Also, on Thursday, the company will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Cummins showed its new ISV5.0 running in a Type C school bus and other test vehicles. Officials noted that the presence of certain OEMs' vehicles did not indicate engine availability.
Cummins offers new 5-liter V8 diesel
October 7, 2013
The engine manufacturer holds a press event to share details on the new ISV5.0 and to show it running in a Type C school bus and several other test vehicles. Cummins officials discuss the engine's benefits, including low total cost of ownership and quieter operation.
Special-needs students help assemble restraints
October 7, 2013
About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.
Teen drives school bus after fight, causing crash
October 4, 2013
While a bus driver and an aide were breaking up a fight between two special-needs students and checking on one of the students, the other student involved in the fight ran to the front of the bus and began driving it. Another bus driver noticed and drove in front of the bus to cut it off, causing both vehicles to collide.
Driver, attendant comfort students when babysitter is hurt
October 4, 2013
When Mary Bennett, a bus driver for Volusia County Schools, and her attendant, Jackie Murphy, stop to pick up two special-needs students on their route, Bennett hears the students’ babysitter in their home calling for help and sees her on the floor. After Murphy calls 911, she and Bennett help the students onto the bus, and Murphy keeps them calm until emergency response arrives.
Prince William County Public Schools began buying buses with disc brakes, which Director of Transportation Services Ed Bishop says improved braking and saved money on maintenance.Photo courtesy Thomas Built Buses.
District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
Districts, bus companies among Sustainability All-Star Award recipients
October 2, 2013
Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, All-Star Transportation, Student Transportation of America, Blue Bird Corp., Brighton (Colo.) School District 27J and ROUSH CleanTech are among the 40 winners of the award, which recognizes propane autogas fleets for their leadership in running vehicles on the fuel. The winners are recognized during the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix.
Seon to donate proceeds to anti-bullying efforts
October 2, 2013
A portion of the proceeds of every bus camera system the supplier sells between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 will go to anti-bullying education and awareness campaigns such as “The Bully Project.” The total donation is expected to amount to upward of $25,000.
Trans Tech Bus hires Mike Hall as vice president
October 2, 2013
Hall comes to the Type A school bus manufacturer with more than 19 years of production and manufacturing experience in the military equipment industry. He will be responsible for all operations of Trans Tech Bus.
Driver keeps students safe during bus breakdown
October 2, 2013
Robin Smith, a bus driver for Florida’s Volusia County Schools, safely evacuates the students from her bus and keeps them calm after she notices smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. A parent who was at the scene praises Smith for her actions.
Tags: Florida

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