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Students who ride Adams 12 Five Star Schools buses in Thornton, Colo., swipe a ZPass card when they board and disembark. This monitors the ridership, and the system is also used for the district’s bus fee program.
Zonar brings cost savings, efficiency boost to districts
July 5, 2012

Operations in Colorado and Ohio are using the company’s student tracking, school bus inspection and GPS solutions, and officials report these benefits in such areas as routing and bus maintenance. Two are also using the student tracking system for bus fee programs, and they are generating $300,000 and $1.2 million as a result.

Ronshay Dugans was killed when her school bus was crushed by a cement truck. The truck driver was reportedly drowsy when he got behind the wheel.
The dangers of drowsy driving
July 3, 2012

On Sept. 5, 2008, 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans was killed after a cement truck swerved into the bus she was riding. The truck driver was drowsy when he got behind the wheel.

Take a stand against school bus funding cuts
June 27, 2012

The school bus industry is repeatedly asked by policymakers to do more with less. It's time to take a stand.

Tags: NAPT
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland (at podium) speaks at a “Click It or Ticket” event last year. At right is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender
June 21, 2012

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

From left: Dennis Huffmon, Dan Cutter, Greg Hutchison and Kathy Seegebrecht.
New execs bring ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus
June 19, 2012

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing improvements to sales and marketing strategies.

Tags: IC Bus
How a fair can assist and energize your staff
June 12, 2012

In a time when many pupil transportation employees have to do more with less, a resource and appreciation fair may be the medicine they need. Here’s a step-by-step guide to launching this valuable event — which can cost you virtually nothing.

2 different takes on bus fees
June 8, 2012

No one is going to be excited about paying school transportation fees, but in some cases, they could be the best bet for saving yellow bus service.

Tags: bus fees
Sharing a bright idea
June 5, 2012

A critical part of our mission here at SCHOOL BUS FLEET is to help our readers do their jobs better. In many cases, we write about innovative safety practices that school bus operations have implemented and found success with. The expectation here is that other operations might be interested in trying out these bright ideas for themselves.

When they don't go yellow
May 29, 2012

As a school transportation director, you may not be able to mandate that school buses be used for activity trips, but you can help ensure that safe motorcoach carriers are selected.

NAPT News & Views — Distracted driving: high on the national policy agenda
May 22, 2012

Distracted driving means different things to different people. But it seems clear that this subject will continue to be at the top of the national agenda as policymakers in Washington seek the proper balance between innovation, convenience and safety.

Ross and White Co.’s popular combination brush and touchless system includes a wraparound brush design.
Bus washing made easy
May 17, 2012

Today’s systems include features that enable users to maintain a spotless fleet quickly, all while reducing water and energy consumption.

Michael Dallessandro is transportation director at Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Progressive discipline: out of sync with busing
May 10, 2012

Progressive discipline in pupil transportation environments for anything other than general personnel issues — such as tardiness, absenteeism or drivers room behavior — can be bad for kids.

Phil Downs, manager of fleet services for Columbus City Schools, is pictured plugging in one of the district’s IC Bus hybrid school buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Sleep for safety
May 1, 2012

Good sleep is important for everyone’s well-being, but it’s even more crucial for those who work in transportation.

NAPT News & Views — Belts in buses: Will NTSB tip the scale?
April 26, 2012

The question of whether to install seat belts on large school buses has been an emotional, contentious issue for a very long time. School bus professionals with a particular interest in this issue should not miss NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart’s presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., this October. When he talks, everyone should be listening carefully.

Rebel with a cause
April 25, 2012

I never met Joe Mirabella, but I got the sense that he was committed to doing what he felt was right — even if that meant going against the grain.

247Security’s Touchdown wireless management system incorporates GPS with video in one easy-to-use interface.
GPS: fleet tracking and more
April 19, 2012

Today’s systems for the pupil transportation market allow end users to monitor the location of their operation’s buses, and they can help in performing many other functions, such as route analysis and monitoring driver speed and idling.

Tags: GPS
Dan Maybury, a First Student service manager, works on buses running in Hempfield Area School District.
Forging a successful partnership
April 12, 2012

The strain of managing an in-house transportation department was running Hempfield Area School District ragged. Contracting out to First Student brought equipment and safety improvements, all while cutting costs.

Photo by Lt. Theo Webber of the Traverse City Fire Department
Emergency preparedness: How’s your department’s ‘C3’?
April 10, 2012

Developing an emergency preparedness plan based on command, control and communication can help to reduce injuries and potentially save lives. Building relationships with first responders can ensure your operation’s viability in the emergency response cycle by bringing awareness of what it has to offer during crises.

Bus crashes: Tough lessons learned
April 3, 2012

Why do we cover tragic accidents? Mainly because we want to share with our readers any information that could help in improving school bus safety.

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