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Weighing the costs and benefits of safety technologies
November 18, 2015

Pedestrian detection technology could be ideal for a school bus on an urban route. ESC is particularly beneficial for a bus traveling at higher speeds.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — What is MAP-21, and how does it affect our industry?
November 13, 2015

MAP-21 stands for “Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century.” It was the most recent multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, and is past due to be reauthorized.

Thousands of stop-arm violations like the one depicted here occur every day thoughout the U.S.Photo by Brevard (Fla.) Public Schools
Getting back to driver training basics
November 12, 2015

School bus drivers must learn how to judge other traffic and blend their stop arms into the traffic flow.

Never forget the danger of leaving a child behind
November 6, 2015

The death of autistic student Paul Lee, who was left on his school bus, is a tragic reminder of the importance of thoroughly checking every bus after every run.

Photo courtesy NHTSA
How to Optimize the Use of Transportation Tiers
November 4, 2015

With proper planning and design, tiered school bus service can yield significant efficiencies and cost savings. It can also create longer shifts for drivers.

5 Lessons in Recruiting Drivers
October 30, 2015

A new school bus driver recruiter shares lessons learned in her first year on the job. Safety is the real No. 1 priority, bus drivers have an extraordinary amount of influence on children, and the job is not for everyone, she finds.

It’s recommended that transportation directors check in with the dealer ahead of time on existing specs that already match their criteria. Dealers can also help word specs so they don’t conflict with federal or state requirements. Shown here is dealer Carolina Thomas Buses. 
Streamlining Spec’ing to Get the Best Bus Fit
October 28, 2015

Gathering a team of staff members and coming up with a list of must-have items, as well as staying familiar with FMVSS and state regulations, can help save time and effort when working with the dealer to build the optimal bus for your operation.

3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns
October 26, 2015

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency evacuations? Transportation directors with years of three-point belt use on their buses share their insights.

Big demand for school bus drivers in coming years
October 19, 2015

A federal report projects that over a 10-year period, the second-highest number of transportation job openings will be for school bus or special client bus drivers.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why the decision to equip large school buses with seat belts should be a local one
October 15, 2015

The cost of three-point belts would have to come from somewhere within a local budget. We are concerned that if mandated and unfunded, that additional cost could force some districts to make choices that may not be in the best interests of safety.

NAPT News & Views — Federal data: an 'A' grade for school bus safety
October 12, 2015

In June, NHTSA published its latest edition of “School-Transportation-Related Crashes,” a benchmark of how the school bus industry is performing on the safety front. If this were a report card, it would be an “A” grade for our industry.

Separating boys and girls on the school bus
October 7, 2015

In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given autonomy to decide how to seat their passengers.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Why CSA scores are flawed
October 5, 2015

The goal of the Safety Measurement Scores, within CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), is to allow the public to review a carrier’s safety record and relevant data by searching its Department of Transportation number. While this is a great idea in concept, the reality is very different.

A tragic reminder about texting and driving
October 5, 2015

A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.

How will anti-collision technology impact school buses?
October 5, 2015

I sat in the passenger seat of a large truck, eyes fixed on the stopped car ahead as we rumbled straight toward it. Next to me, the driver of the truck gave no indication that he was going to stop the vehicle.

NHTSA chief on school bus safety, seat belts
October 5, 2015

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in an exclusive interview with School Bus Fleet.

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10 Tips to Bolster Bus Checks for Sleepers
October 5, 2015

To make sure no child is left behind, school bus operations should have clear procedures for drivers to follow, enforce consequences, and provide frequent reminders and recognition.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has started teaching special-needs students transportation safety fundamentals, such as staying out of the danger zone, as shown here. The program, called “Bus in the Classroom,” will debut at the NASDPTS conference in November.
Special-needs transportation: We're good, but we could be better
October 1, 2015

We, as an educational system, have not been fulfilling our obligations to prepare all students for a successful post-secondary life — at least with regard to transportation skills.

School districts such as Adams County (Colo.) School District 14 have adopted software programs with routing and ridership tracking to streamline Medicaid reimbursement reporting. Shown here is one of the district’s special-needs students with her school bus. Photo by Billy Salaz, Adams County (Colo.) School District 14
Don't Leave Money on the Table: Using Software for Medicaid Reimbursement
September 30, 2015

Software programs automate reporting, making it easier, faster and less costly, suppliers say. Districts have been able to save days’ worth of staff time and have more, reliable data with which to recoup much-needed funds.

Photo by Joyce Wilcox
10 Keys to Success in School Transportation Budgeting
September 28, 2015

Understanding different budgeting concepts, assessing district growth and forecasting fuel use are some of the essential steps in developing and maintaining a sound budget.

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