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Yellow buses: a worldwide beacon
February 2, 2012

That Chinese officials are looking to the American school bus system for guidance is a vital step, particularly in light of a recent tragedy in China’s rural Gansu province.

ARI-HETRA's HBP HDML (heavy-duty mobile lift) 8-4 is a hybrid lift that is battery powered.
Vehicle lifts: It's all about mobility
January 31, 2012

Officials at vehicle lift manufacturing companies say that the portability of mobile column units makes it easy to service buses, and each company’s lifts include numerous safety features, such as weight gauges and overload protection.

Contracting on the rise?
January 26, 2012

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 school privatization survey found that 12.2 percent of districts in Michigan use privatized bus service, which is nearly triple the 2006 rate of 4.4 percent.

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Establishing positive behavior on the bus
January 24, 2012

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program provides students with incentives to meet and exceed behavioral expectations. Officials who work for a Maryland middle school say they have seen a change among students since implementing the program, and that it is a useful tool for the bus environment.

Early in his pupil transportation management career, Mike Connors went through school bus driver training and got a CDL. He still drives a bus from time to time.
Mike Connors: driven to lead
January 19, 2012

SBF's 2011 Administrator of the Year reinforces the vital role his school bus drivers play in students’ development. The veteran director oversees a large operation and dedicates himself to industry causes.

In his first year as a school bus driver, Evans Okoduwa talked an armed student into handing over his gun.
Heroes in school transportation 2012
January 17, 2012

In the second edition of this series, we highlight school bus drivers who saved lives with their quick thinking and vital skills. When danger arose, their training — and their instincts — came through.

2011 NAPT technology showcase
January 10, 2012

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Cincinnati. New offerings included bonded polyurethane bus seat foam, a stop-arm violation camera system and a low-profile condenser.

Insight on timely topics
January 10, 2012

Speakers during the NAPT Summit discuss such issues as bullying, wheelchair use, training and alternative fuels. Attendees also see several new school buses.

During the NASDPTS conference in Cincinnati, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touted the safety and environmental benefits of yellow school buses.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

Compelling stories behind the numbers
December 28, 2011

At the front of the Pupil Transportation Statistics section in our 2012 Fact Book, there is this slogan: "It's what's behind the numbers that counts." What a great reminder of the importance of school bus transportation.

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Yellow bus industry: a tried and true system
November 29, 2011

Executive Editor Thomas McMahon shares his thoughts on what may cause some parents to avoid having their children ride school buses, but points to the industry's success and the need to inform those parents of the industry's unrivaled safety record.

Many options for alternative fuels
November 22, 2011

Alternative fuels are already being derived from an eclectic range of sources; the future will surely hold many more.

Recent months have seen significant action from federal agencies that affect the school bus industry. 
2011 school bus regulatory highlights
November 15, 2011

August and September were busy months for federal agencies influencing school buses. Here's a wrap-up of major actions announced or in the works.

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Ricon suggests that its lifts be loaded with the wheelchair facing out of the bus, so the battery of the chair is at the back of the lift.
Focused on occupant safety
November 10, 2011

Ricon Corp.’s K and S Series wheelchair lifts feature an interlocked restraint belt, as well as barriers to prevent excessive rolling on the platform. The company offers training for operators and technicians.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can affect cognitive, communicative, behavioral, social-emotional and physical ability. Pictured is Mike, a student who sustained a TBI.
Specific special-needs evacuations: TBI and near drowning
November 7, 2011

Students who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or near drowning will require close physical safeguards and assistance in a bus evacuation. The commotion could set off a seizure.

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4 tips for defusing difficult people
November 3, 2011

Pupil transportation leaders often have to meet with angry people. Staying calm, being respectful, and listening carefully and actively can go a long way toward resolving conflicts.

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School boards on busing challenges, successes
October 28, 2011

In this roundtable, board members from four school districts share insight on the struggle to maintain school bus services in the face of funding shortfalls.

NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says the most surprising finding of a national survey was the number of illegal passes on the right side of the bus.
Q&A: NASDPTS' Mike Simmons strives for team efforts
October 27, 2011

Kicking off his second year as NASDPTS president, Mike Simmons focuses on promoting pupil transportation with other associations and the feds. He also aims to get more states involved in a national stop-arm running survey.

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Justin Wilczynski became fascinated by school buses when he first rode one at age 4. He is pictured here (standing) with staff from his transportation department.
Young guns in the yellow bus industry
October 25, 2011

In this new feature, we turn the spotlight on the younger side of school transportation. Find out how these movers and shakers got involved in the industry, how they contribute to its success and what they see in its future.

Alexandra Robinson (right) has headed many presentations at NAPT conferences. Also pictured is Launi Schmutz, director of transportation at Washington County School District in St. George, Utah.
Photo by Jaime Gallego.
Q&A: NAPT's Alexandra Robinson casts an eye on the future
October 20, 2011

At this year’s conference in Cincinnati, Alexandra Robinson will become president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Her goals include analyzing the link between student achievement and access to school bus service, and maintaining and growing the industry’s pool of strong leaders.

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