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Texas district wins grant for propane buses
September 1, 2008

SAN ANTONIO — Northside Independent School District received a $66,341.46 grant from Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael L. Williams, covering ...

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NSTA unveils action plans at annual conference
September 1, 2008

CALGARY, Alberta — Key topics addressed at this year’s National School Transportation Association (NSTA) annual meeting and convention included safety...

NHTSA targets release of school bus final rule
September 1, 2008

ATLANTA — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to issue a final rule on school bus safety early next year.

The rule wi...

Larry Pierce (left) has been at the helm of Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years. His son Troy serves as operations director.
Larry Pierce Named Contractor of the Year
August 1, 2008

Other school bus contractors call him “The Senior Authority,” and for good reason: Larry Pierce has been in the business for more than 60 years.<p...

What's in a Website?
August 1, 2008

For any type of business, maintaining an informative Website is an effective and efficient way to connect with customers.

School bus operation...

Product Highlights
August 1, 2008

Solution helps reduce radiator, transmission temperature
Super Radiator Cooler increases the wetting ability of water, resulting in an i...

Mirror Lite's Super Nickel rearview mirrors allow for increased forward visibility for drivers because of the gap between the two mirror heads.
School Bus Mirror Technologies Enhance Driver Vision
August 1, 2008

School bus mirrors have evolved to include embedded cameras, LED lighting systems, tempered glass, improved shapes and glare-reducing filters — th...

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Photo courtesy of University of Michigan
The Dos and Don'ts of Wheelchair Transport Safety
August 1, 2008

After the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1976 became law, it was common practice to transport children in wheelchairs facing sidewa...

Drilling Down on Fleet Maintenance: Part 2 of 3
August 1, 2008

In the July issue of SBF, I discussed what is involved with maintaining a fleet of vehicles and introduced you to 10 sources that a...

Becoming a driver trainer can open doors to higher positions in transportation at Amphitheater Public Schools in Tucson, Ariz. Here, trainer Ed Fearing works with bus driver Cynthia Barrett.
Career Advancement Opportunities Thrive
August 1, 2008

When employees enjoy the industry in which they work, an opportunity to advance their career will be welcomed with open arms. Nowhere is this more...

One Month to a Safer, More Efficient Bus Garage
August 1, 2008

Safety and efficiency are a priority for any school bus operation, but maintaining the highest possible standards in the garage every day can be a...

NAPT News & Views: Let 'em walk?
August 1, 2008

The presidential candidates are not talking about it. Major media outlets are still mostly ignoring it. But it’s occurring in every community coast...

Britain sees drop in serious injuries to students on buses
August 1, 2008

DERBY, England — Fewer pupils were seriously injured on buses in Great Britain in 2007 than in 2006.

There were 10 serious injuries on buses — wh...

NSTA: Update on Ohio transit agency's illegal school service
August 1, 2008

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National School Transportation Association’s (NSTA) intervention in a deal between the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Autho...

New system offers comprehensive approach to student safety
August 1, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. — An integrated safety solution from AlertStar Corp. will soon be operating on school buses around the state.

The system has three...

STC to acquire Elgie Bus Lines Ltd.
August 1, 2008

TORONTO — Student Transportation of Canada (STC) has entered into an agreement to acquire London, Ontario-based Elgie Bus Lines Ltd.

Elgie will a...

Massachusetts governor launches school bus retrofit program
August 1, 2008

LYNN, Mass. — Gov. Deval Patrick in June launched “MassCleanDiesel: Clean Air for Kids,” an initiative to install pollution-control equipment on d...

Legislator calls for fuel tax exemption for bus contractors
August 1, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. — Assemblyman Peter Rivera reintroduced legislation in June that would temporarily remove the diesel fuel tax paid by school bus contrac...

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House resolution includes school transportation among security measures
August 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 18, the House of Representatives passed a resolution (1150) urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ...

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All's fair in love and fuel
July 1, 2008

Around this time last year in my column, I noted my surprise that the price of gasoline had risen above $3 a gallon. Well, that seems like a bargain t...

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