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Parker Hannifin's new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser is an entirely integrated fuel dispenser. The supplier launched the dispenser at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo on May 7.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.
A Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Photo by Greg Friese
Bill targets training, immunity for bus drivers who use EpiPen
June 10, 2014
The Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Drivers would have to first complete a training program to be qualified to use the EpiPen.
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Starcraft Bus named a top account for Ford in 2013
June 10, 2014
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and the eighth year in a row. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses in the U.S. as well as its dealer network.
HISD's fleet was named a Leading Fleet by Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million. Shown here are all the Leading Fleet award winners. Photo courtesy Government Fleet magazine.
Texas district named ‘Leading Fleet’
June 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s school bus fleet receives the award from Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on its creation of a music video that addressed bus seating and bullying; how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million; and how the district successfully took on bus service for an adjoining school district.
Tags: Texas
Nearly 12,000 school buses were inspected in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 2014 inspection program (not pictured).
85% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 9, 2014
Nearly 12,000 school buses are inspected in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 2014 school bus inspection program. In all, 10,161 of the buses are approved upon initial inspection.
Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation marks 25 years
June 6, 2014
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.
Voyageur Transportation’s Dwayne Ferguson, senior vice president, and Tracy Wintermute, vice president of human resources, display the 2013 Canada’s Best Managed Companies award.
Voyageur Transportation named a ‘Best Managed Company’
June 5, 2014
The Ontario-based operator transports 6,000 students to and from school daily and provides other services, such as non-emergency medical transportation. An official with the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program says that Voyageur “invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company.”
Joseph Marek, a technician for Durham School Services in Spokane, Wash., has earned ASE certification. He is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
Durham technician earns ASE master certification
June 5, 2014
Joseph Marek, who works for the company’s Spokane, Wash., location, is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
With the 2015 gathering, the school bus industry will be celebrating 75 years of the National Congress on School Transportation.
Updates unveiled for 2015 National Congress on School Transportation
June 4, 2014
Preparations are ramping up for the event, which is held every five years in Warrensburg, Mo. Congress officials provide updates on the new location of the organization's website, when registration will open and a new committee called "Telling the School Bus Story."
Teacher retirements may provide school bus funding
June 4, 2014
An increase in the number of teachers retiring from Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools can make up the rest of the shortfall for the third year of a new bus contract if enough of those positions are not replaced. The district will use its savings to pay for bus service over the next two years.
Tags: Indiana
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Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
June 4, 2014
Ohio Reps. Tom Letson (D-Warren) and Roland Winburn (D-Dayton) introduced H.B. No. 578 following news that students were injured in a school bus crash last week in Montgomery County. The bill would require all school buses built or refurbished after Jan. 1, 2016, to be fitted with seat belts and for school districts to adopt a policy that addresses the failure of a student to wear one.
School bus drivers sue to stop paying union dues
June 3, 2014
The five drivers from an Arkansas school district have sought to refrain from union membership and dues. According to a foundation that is providing free legal assistance to the drivers, union officials denied the drivers' requests, saying that they can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.
Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds
June 3, 2014
The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.
Father of autistic student attacks son’s bully on bus
June 2, 2014
According to police, Burnis Hurd boards the bus with his son, who points out a boy who had been bullying him, and Hurd grabs the boy by the hair, raises him out of his seat, pushes him on the side of the bus, threatens to kill him and uses threatening language with other students. Hurd was placed in jail on $50,000 bond.
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, took her first top title in this year's Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O.
Ohio school bus driver wins state contest by 1 point
June 2, 2014
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, takes her first top title in the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. Nearly 50 drivers from around the state competed.
Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot to speak at NAPT
June 2, 2014
Captain (Ret.) Scott O’Grady will present a keynote speech, sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions, on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). He will share his experience in Bosnia and discuss how preparation, teamwork and leadership are keys to professional survival.
Tags: NAPT
The QRT-360 retractor is fully automatic and designed to meet the new WC18 standards, according to Q'Straint.
Q’Straint advises early planning to meet updated wheelchair passenger safety standards
May 30, 2014
The new WC18 standards will take effect December 2015. Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to comply with the standards, according to the supplier.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”

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