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Getting to know my driver
September 6, 2011

Here we were, nearly a decade and a half after I last descended the steps of her bus, both in jobs that led us to this same pupil transportation conference.

SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo (left) presents the Contractor of  the Year award to Kevin Clifford of Huntington Coach Corp. At right is  new NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal.
Kevin Clifford Named Contractor of the Year
September 1, 2011

The president of Huntington Coach Corp. in New York has a passion for saving money for school districts and for increasing the role of contractors in pupil transportation.

Hit the Road: Choosing the Right Tires
August 29, 2011

When selecting tires for a school bus, it is essential to consider how those tires will cope with harsh weather and road conditions, as well as frequent starts and stops.

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Chicago Public Schools' Bureau of Student Transportation Services  transports approximately 21,600 students to and from school. The  operation's new routing system will be designed to serve them more  effectively and efficiently. Photo ©City of Chicago/GRC.
District Targets Efficiency With New Routing System
August 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials say that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.

Taking Routing Data Beyond Routing
August 18, 2011

From key performance indicators to school redistricting to stop-arm violation tracking, there are many ways to benefit from the information in a computerized routing program.

Miller Transportation's branch in Indianapolis provides transportation services during the local parks and recreation's summer camps. This type of work has helped to raise more than $2 million for the bus company.
Finding multiple ways to generate revenue
August 16, 2011

Bus companies and school district transportation departments are making $50,000 to more than $2 million through such efforts as inter-district service, school bus ridership fees and bus advertising. Here, officials discuss the specifics of these programs and other work that brings in extra money.

LEDs Offer an Array of Advantages
August 11, 2011

Suppliers of light-emitting diode (LED) systems say they provide greater longevity, visibility and efficiency. Here, we provide details on some of the latest LED units for school buses.

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After becoming director of transportation for Litchfield Elementary School District #79, Jeff Walker restructured the department to createefficiencies and increase employee morale.
Case study: Revamping a transportation department
August 9, 2011

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.

The debate on traffic monitoring systems
August 9, 2011

Any drivers who are worried about being photographed and fined, whether at a traffic light or next to a school bus, should shift their focus to following the laws.

NAPT News & Views — Bullying: committing to positive interventions
August 9, 2011

The association discusses steps that it has taken and continues to take to reduce the incidence of bullying on board school buses. These efforts include partnering with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to make available free professional training for the school bus industry to encourage positive interventions.

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Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety
August 5, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?
August 4, 2011

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

NAPT News & Views
July 29, 2011

NAPT's Summit this fall in Cincinnati will offer a variety of perspectives that challenge traditional thinking and will help refine creative efforts in matters critical to your organization and the industry at large.

Not just transportation
July 29, 2011

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education process in other ways?

Katie, who has spinal muscular atrophy, received her first motorized wheelchair at the age of 2.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: SMA
July 29, 2011

Part 3 of this series focuses on spinal muscular atrophy, which is a group of inherited diseases that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Knowing how to carry passengers with this condition on an evacuation device and including a nurse in training drills will help to ensure their safety.

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Cutting Costs With Routing Software
July 28, 2011

School bus routing software can drastically reduce costs through routing optimization, and it can protect student riders by helping users identify hazardous landmarks and arrange for curbside pickup.

David Duke joined National Express Corp. as CEO in June. He has 25 years of experience in the student transportation industry.
Q&A: New CEO of National Express Corp.
July 26, 2011

David Duke brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role as CEO of National Express Corp. Here, he discusses his objectives in the position, along with such timely topics as fuel prices and school district budget constraints.

Healthcare Reform’s Material Impact on the Industry
July 21, 2011

Officials at brokerage firm William Gallagher Associates outline components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the penalties employers such as school bus contractors will have to pay for noncompliance.

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Bidding on quality
July 19, 2011

A veteran of the school bus contracting industry gives his perspective on what makes for a successful company. The key is in knowing what it costs to provide exceptional service.

As boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy get older, their muscle  strength decreases. Many get a service animal to allow for some  independence.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: DMD
July 14, 2011

Part 2 of this series focuses on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes deterioration of muscle tissue in boys. Knowing how to lift these passengers properly is critical for a safe emergency exit from the bus.

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