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Q'Straint displays QRT-360 retractor at TSD conference
February 28, 2014
The company is showcasing its new wheelchair retractor tie-down system during the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in Nashville, Tenn. Q'Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.
Boston district may expand transit bus pass program
February 28, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ interim superintendent submits a balanced budget recommendation for the 2015 school year, with a proposal to reduce transportation costs by expanding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students. This measure is among several transportation-related proposals designed to save $11 million.
Special-needs bus drivers rewarded for perfect attendance
February 28, 2014
The drivers for Henry (Ga.) County Schools with exemplary attendance are entered into a drawing, and they are awarded new school buses that will be delivered before the end of the school year. The buses were purchased through the state of Georgia’s “Bonds for Buses” program.
Conference to provide insight on travel instruction
February 28, 2014
The Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction will host “Working Together: Building Bridges Towards Independence” April 4 and 5 in Pittsburgh. Sessions will focus on such topics as how to provide travel-related skills within a student’s curriculum to prepare him or her for life after high school, as well as answers to basic questions when considering establishing a travel instruction program.
Wyoming bill would require stop-arm cameras
February 27, 2014
Under the legislation, as of the 2016-17 school year, all school buses in the state would have to be equipped with external cameras to capture evidence of illegal school bus passing. Internal school bus surveillance cameras would remain optional.
Heavy snow forces closure of bus garage
February 27, 2014
Forest Lake Area Schools officials cite structural concerns since the garage, a pole barn that was built in 1961, has broken beams. It was being used to house 25 of the district’s vehicles and is expected to be torn down.
Average diesel price back up over $4 per gallon
February 26, 2014
The average on-highway price for diesel in the U.S. rises to $4.017, according to new federal data. It is the first time since March 2013 that the national average has been above $4 per gallon.
District changes procedures after 2 preschoolers left on buses
February 26, 2014
The Delaware district is investigating the separate incidents to determine why the district’s child-check procedures were not followed. New procedures have also been implemented to prevent future occurrences, including taking a roster of bus passengers that can be passed on to teachers for them to compare it against students who are in class.
Boy honored for efforts to improve safety at bus stop
February 26, 2014
Ten-year-old Sterling Vieau conducts a survey to tally how many vehicles did and did not stop at the intersection where his school bus stop is located, and he finds that 67% of the vehicles did not stop, despite posted signs. The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department presents him with a certificate, and deputies also issue citations to motorists at the intersection.
Seon raises over $600 for anti-bullying cause
February 26, 2014
The company supports Pink Shirt Day in Canada by purchasing official T-shirts for Seon employees, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver. The company also holds a corporate event on Wednesday to highlight the significance of the cause.
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School district to bring back busing as pilot program
February 24, 2014
After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke to elementary schoolchildren about being respectful to their bus drivers at Friday's main Love the Bus event at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C.
Anthony Foxx: School bus safety data are ‘remarkable’
February 24, 2014
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation attends Friday’s main Love the Bus event in High Point, N.C., and says school bus drivers are “unsung heroes.” In a follow-up blog post on Monday, he says that the data on school transportation indicate that the safest way for students to get to school is on a school bus with a “well-trained driver.” He adds that the data are “even more remarkable when you think about just how many students are riding the bus every day.”
STA awarded 3 New York contracts
February 24, 2014
Batavia City Schools, Attica Central School District and Williamsville Central Schools will switch from their current service provider beginning next school year. The contracts will generate more than $7 million in new annualized revenue for Student Transportation of America Inc.
Missouri district ‘goes green’ with CNG buses
February 24, 2014
Parkway School District in Chesterfield is taking delivery of 30 Saf-T-Liner HDX compressed natural gas Thomas Built buses, with nine in service since the beginning of February. The district is also building a CNG fueling station on-site.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move
February 21, 2014
The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”
Texas district to equip buses with stop-arm cameras
February 21, 2014
The Georgetown Independent School District and the Georgetown Police Department partner with road safety camera provider American Traffic Solutions to crack down on illegal passing of school buses. A statewide survey in Texas last year found 9,825 instances of stop-arm running in one day.
Dog bites girl in face at school bus stop
February 20, 2014
The girl was with her mother as they waited for a school bus to arrive at their stop in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. The dog, an intact husky mix that is about 2 years old, bit the girl in the face at least once, possibly twice.
New wheel lift simplifies heavy-duty wheel removal
February 20, 2014
Rotary Lift’s MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 pounds, company officials say. The lift’s arms are spaced wide enough to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires, and it is capable of dually holding wheels, according to the company.
Redflex: Stop-arm running caused 15 crashes in 2013
February 20, 2014
According to the stop-arm enforcement technology provider, 15 crashes last year that directly resulted from illegal school bus passing had a toll of 18 injuries and deaths.

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