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Lynn Hower, transportation and security director for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in Indianapolis, tracks buses using streetSmart by Synovia Corp.
GPS Takes School Transportation by Storm
July 1, 2007

Initially designed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense, global positioning system (GPS) technology has been more widely used in the past few years. ...

After the engine shut down on a steep grade, a school bus rolled backward about 300 feet before it jolted  to a stop in the exit lane of a freeway.
How to Reduce the Chances of a Brake Failure Tragedy
July 1, 2007

A very unusual accident occurred in St. Paul, Minn., last fall that could easily have been the worst school bus accident in state history. Thankfully,...

Enforcing Assigned Routes and Stops
July 1, 2007

It is important for school districts or contractors who provide school busing to ensure that students use the assigned bus stop and bus run. When this...

The Road Gets Tougher for Contractors
July 1, 2007

Providing contracted transportation services for school districts has never been easy, but it seems to be getting tougher every day. At least, that’s ...

Miami-Dade (Fla.) school bus drivers learn stress management techniques during a session hosted by the district's Parent Academy.
Enhancing Driver Health & Wellness
July 1, 2007

Transportation directors point to high stress levels and weight control when asked about the top health concerns involved with being a bus driver. Man...

6 Ways to Lower the Volume of Complaint Calls
July 1, 2007

Did you get a telephone call this morning? Did a parent just have to take the time to call and tell you what great service your staff is providing? If...

Is it nature or nurture?
July 1, 2007

In his February editorial, SBF Editor Steve Hirano posed the following questions to readers: Are great special-needs bus drivers born, or can they ...

NAPT speaker gives humor guidance
July 1, 2007

Speaker and author Craig Zablocki will bring his high-spirited, unscripted comedy to the NAPT Conference and Trade Show in Grand Rapids, Mich., in Oct...

You call that a school bus, mate?
July 1, 2007

Dan and Julie Love are the owners of Love's School Bus Service in Cairns, a city in the north Australian state of Queensland.

The Loves have been...

Ricon acquired by Wabtec
July 1, 2007

WILMERDING, Pa. — Wabtec Corp. has acquired Ricon Corp. for $73.5 million in cash, including debt repayment.

Panorama City, Calif.-based Ri...

NAPT seeks board candidates
July 1, 2007

ALBANY, N.Y. — NAPT members will vote on four key board-of-directors positions this fall at the association's annual conference.

Elections ...

NHTSA's seat belt summit looms
July 1, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has scheduled a day-long public meeting to discuss passenger cras...

Texas passes school bus seat belt bill
July 1, 2007

BEAUMONT, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a bill that requires school buses to have three-point belts in all seats.

The legislation...

IC Corporation to raise bus prices
July 1, 2007

WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Beginning this month, IC Corporation will raise its bus prices an estimated 4 to 5 percent.

Company officials said the ...

Big changes ahead for S.C. bus fleet
July 1, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina General Assembly approved a bill that requires the replacement of the state's school buses every 15 years.<...

Yellow buses are green
July 1, 2007

I haven't seen Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but I generally agree with the notion that climate change caused by human beings co...

A maintenance technician from Lenawee Intermediate School District in Adrian, Mich., uses Dolphin Fleet Management software to organize the district’s bus fleet.
Software Keeps Fleets Running Smoothly
June 1, 2007

If you ask individuals in school bus maintenance staffs, many of them will say that fleet maintenance software has made their job much easier. These p...

Q&A: Gallagher Sees Wealth of New Contractor Opportunities
June 1, 2007
Denis Gallagher, chairman and CEO of Student Transportation of America (STA) of Wall, N.J., continues to grow his company through acquisitions and con...
Key transportation staff members at Kanawha County Schools include (from left, standing) Orville Fields (service tech crew leader), Linda Ball, Eddie Metten, Willie Schofield, Jackie Kay (drivers) and George Beckett (transportation director). Kneeling are Clayton Means and Mark Byrd (service technicians).
Student Safety Comes First
June 1, 2007

Located in the metropolitan area of Charleston, W.Va., Kanawha County Schools advocates providing students with a first-rate education that will prepa...

Propane Bus Offers Appealing Alternative
June 1, 2007

Blue Bird’s new propane-powered Vision Type C aims to decrease emissions while improving fuel economy and performance in alternative-fuel vehicles.

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