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NAPT and NASDPTS will hold their annual gatherings in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo by Rachel Kramer
Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
Fire suppression system receives UL certification
September 26, 2013
FMNA — formerly Fogmaker North America — receives the Underwriters Laboratories certification for its water mist Automatic Fire Suppression System. The certification, which included both system and component-level testing, focused on life cycle operation, environmental tests, product performance and overall durability.
Tags: bus fires
Free webinar to target total cost of ownership
September 26, 2013
Officials from Thomas Built Buses will explain what total cost of ownership (TCO) is, identify the three pillars of TCO, and discuss other aspects of the topic. The web seminar will take place on Oct. 15.
Pennsylvania bill would allow for stop-arm cameras on buses
September 26, 2013
School districts and bus companies would be permitted to equip their buses with the technology to capture illegal bus passers under House Bill 1580. Rep. Seth Grove, who introduced the legislation, says utilizing the cameras “can provide increased accountability of drivers and remove the burden from school bus drivers to bear witness to all facets of the violations when their primary goal is to ensure the safe transportation of the children in their charge.”
Review of accidents finds school buses safe
September 25, 2013
The Democrat and Chronicle reviews three years’ worth of data from the New York Department of Education on school bus crashes and injury accidents, finding that the greatest danger to students comes from other motorists. For example, in 51 of the local crashes, or 30%, buses were rear-ended, most often by a motorist who failed to notice the school bus stopped in the roadway for students to disembark, or at the railroad crossing in front of them.
Georgia’s Clayton County Schools deploys stop-arm cameras
September 25, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions, equipping buses in its fleet with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution. The system mounts cameras and sensors on the side of a school bus, and when the stop arm is deployed, the sensors automatically detect a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction.
California driver training specialist Leann Kenley to retire
September 24, 2013
Kenley is set to step down from her position at the California Department of Education's Office of School Transportation on Sept. 30. State pupil transportation director Anna Borges tells SBF that Kenley has made significant contributions to the California pupil transportation community, particularly in the area of special needs.
Crosspoint Kinetics launches new hybrid system
September 24, 2013
Company officials say the S3000 hybrid system is available for small to mid-size school buses. The system interfaces to a vehicle and generates 100% of its own electricity during deceleration or braking.
New Stertil-Koni lift offers more flexibility
September 24, 2013
The ST 1085 features a lifting capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column and is equipped with extra-long adjustable pick-up forks of 14 inches, making it well suited to safely raise all types of vehicles, including those with super single tires, according to the company. The lift also features a system that makes it possible to operate columns individually, in pairs or as a complete set with the touch of a single button.
All-Star Transportation driver helps family during fire
September 20, 2013
Heidi Ouellette spots the house fire while on her morning route, secures her bus and approaches the house, where she coaches a woman who had climbed through a window on the second floor of the house and onto the roof to come down. She also helps an elderly woman safely exit the house.
Seon Design ranked as No. 1 video surveillance provider
September 20, 2013
The company achieves the designation in the 2013 edition of IHS Electronics & Media’s bi-annual report on the mobile surveillance market. A company’s ranking is based on annual sales revenue.
FMCSA withdraws training proposal for commercial vehicle drivers
September 19, 2013
The 2007 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would have required additional training for entry-level operators of commercial vehicles — including school buses — who cross state lines. Officials say on Thursday that the proposal was withdrawn “because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the agency’s 2013 public listening sessions, raised substantive issues which have led the agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.”
New financing options available for tire pressure monitoring tech
September 19, 2013
Advantage PressurePro, a supplier of commercial tire pressure monitoring systems and technologies, partners with Marlin Equipment Finance to bring Marlin’s line of financing options directly to PressurePro customers.
Tags: tires
Seon campaign aims to stop bullying on the bus
September 18, 2013
In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Seon is launching an ongoing campaign called "No Bullies on My Bus." Planned activities include holding a coloring contest for kids and distributing buttons at the NAPT trade show.
Transportation director recovering from brain tumor
September 18, 2013
Audrae Barnes, who oversees yellow bus service for Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public School District, experienced complications from surgery to remove the tumor and was on medical leave for several months, during which time a tornado greatly impacted his operation. Barnes is now back at work and is focused on getting his department fully staffed.
Webinar to target school transportation crisis management
September 18, 2013
The free, Zonar-sponsored webinar next week will discuss school transportation participation in crisis management and ways to prepare for the unthinkable. Former Superintendent John Barry will explain how Aurora Public Schools’ transportation department assisted in recovery efforts after the 2012 Aurora shooting.
James Bryant has driven school buses since 1959, which he says he’s very proud of. "I look at it as a great opportunity — I’m driving someone’s child to school so that they can get an education."
54-year Virginia bus driver still going strong
September 18, 2013
Bedford County Public Schools driver James Bryant started his career in 1959 and has no plans to retire. He tells SBF he looks forward to greeting his passengers every day, and he has had few discipline problems, which he attributes to treating students with respect.
Tags: Virginia
The School Bus Safety Co. and the Child Safety Network created six PSAs, some of which show dramatizations of fatal stop-arm running incidents.
New PSAs depict the dangers of stop-arm running
September 17, 2013
The School Bus Safety Co. and the Child Safety Network created the five free videos, some of which show dramatizations of fatal stop-arm running incidents. A link to the PSAs is being distributed to more than 5,000 school districts with a request to share them with local media.
Florida bus driver remembers 9/11 in letter to editor
September 17, 2013
Bus driver Peter Schuhl recounts how, when picking up 22 high school students after school that afternoon, the students sat quietly for a few minutes, then began singing “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful” and the national anthem, inspired by the two foreign exchange students who joined in.
Tags: Florida
Report examines school district mergers
September 17, 2013
Smaller, financially strapped school districts that can offer greater educational opportunities together are the best candidates for mergers, according to new research by the New York State School Boards Association. But mergers can also present drawbacks, the report says, such as longer bus rides.

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