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Technology on the horizon: polyurethane tires
October 1, 2008

In our changing world, technological advances seem to come at us every day. Some are introduced gradually into our lives, such as the various typ...

Tim Bentz searches local junkyards and highways for abandoned buses that may bear new pieces for his collection.
Transportation Director's Collection Tops 150 Items
October 1, 2008

Tim Bentz, transportation director at Cascade School District in Leavenworth, Wash., has taken school bus enthusiasm to new heights in the decoratio...

John O'Leary, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, says that plant improvements have enabled the company to build higher quality buses in a safer and more productive environment.
Q&A: Industry Outlook Not All Gloomy
October 1, 2008

From a financial perspective, the current state of the pupil transportation industry can seem a bit bleak.

Soaring diesel prices and other econ...

AIRTEKĀ®, one of two front suspension systems for school buses manufactured by Hendrickson, features the STEERTEK axle, which improves vehicle stability, handling and maneuverability.
School Bus Suspension Systems Enhance Ride Quality
October 1, 2008

Equipping school buses with an effective suspension system is an integral part of ensuring the safety and comfort of everyone on board.

Fortunatel...

At Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, new drivers go through a series of training modules one-on-one with a trainer. Both must sign off on each module as it is completed.
Creative Training Sharpens Driver Skills
October 1, 2008

Driving a school bus is a highly specialized job, requiring extensive training, both pre-hire and continuing throughout a driver’s career. School ...

School bus workers speak out for livable wages
October 1, 2008

HARTFORD, Conn. — Unionized school bus drivers and monitors here testified in late August at a public hearing to ensure that the city’s living wage o...

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Alabama governor endorses biodiesel grant program
October 1, 2008

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In August, Gov. Bob Riley urged school districts to apply for a new grant that will assist in covering the cost of switching to ...

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Riteway launches sleep apnea program for employees
October 1, 2008

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Riteway Bus Service Inc., a family-owned transportation company, partnered with Sleep Apnea Solutions Inc. (SAS) to create a Sleep ...

National Safety Council survey to include school buses
October 1, 2008

ITASCA, Ill. — The National Safety Council (NSC) is seeking participants from the school transportation industry for its new Fleet Benchmarking Sur...

SafeGuard offers seat belt advocacy kit
October 1, 2008

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Seat belt system provider SafeGuard has released its “SafeGuard 4 Kids” advocate kit in support of parents and other individuals w...

Bus roadeo puts school officials behind the wheel
October 1, 2008

LARGO, Fla. — One of the goals of the annual National School Bus Safety Week is to show appreciation to school bus drivers for the vital service t...

Parent poll shows strong support for school busing
October 1, 2008

Nearly nine out of 10 (87 percent) of parents in the U.S. believe that the school bus is the only reliable form of transportation for many students...

Colorado community college hosts school bus driver in-service
October 1, 2008

STERLING, Colo. — In order to provide training for school bus drivers at rural districts who might not otherwise receive it, the Colorado Department...

Florida driver named Bus Operator of the Year
October 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing Children’s Clearinghouse recently named school bus driver Billie Jo Kaser the...

Illinois bus drivers aim to end community violence
October 1, 2008

CRESTWOOD, Ill. — On Sept. 6, drivers for Alpha School Bus Company Inc., a subsidiary of Cook-Illinois Corp., walked for three miles through Crest...

Connecticut crossing arm exemption rejected
October 1, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. — Older school buses in the state are still required to have crossing arms, despite legislation passed earlier this year that ...

Canadian council sets standard for activity buses
October 1, 2008

TORONTO — The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) announced the publication of a standard to provide voluntary requirements for activity buses.

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Fatal crash spurs activity trip safety campaign
October 1, 2008

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick — In the wake of a fatal accident on a high school basketball trip in January, officials in late August unveiled recomm...

Getting out of the margins
October 1, 2008

When I told a family friend, a former elementary school district superintendent, that I was on the staff of a magazine serving the school bus ind...

The quest for optimum protection
September 1, 2008

It’s been nearly a year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on enhancin...

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