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Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

External public address systems enable drivers to direct students to cross safely in front of the bus, help guide maintenance workers and share information with teachers, aides, parents and first responders during emergency situations. Pictured: Robert Reese from the Capital School District inDover, Del.
PA systems help drivers communicate safely
July 9, 2013

Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.

CEO Blake Krapf says that one of the biggest changes in the business has been districts’ increased financial pressure.Photo by Time Inc., courtesy of IC Bus
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Chris Shigley, national sales manager for REI, says stop-arm violation awareness is vital in the school bus market today.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

Do I take the job?: 7 steps to making the right call
June 25, 2013

For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a great career path or a rocky road. Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.  

Photo by Scott Goble
How to fine-tune bell times for bus efficiency
June 19, 2013

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

The conference was developed in a partnership between the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) in the U.S. At center is NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin.
Dubai conference draws global insights on school transport
June 17, 2013

Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate’s first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and security, driver training and other areas. NAPT President Alex Robinson says that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”

School buses: slowly growing green
June 14, 2013

How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.

NAPT News & Views — We need a national school bus policy
June 11, 2013

We need a national school transportation policy that underscores the critical connection between classroom learning and efficient, reliable and safe student transportation. And, we need stable funding instead of the “let’s make a deal” maneuvers that occur in cash-strapped state legislatures.

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Making positive changes at a new operation
June 4, 2013

With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.

Donny Bynum, superintendent of Dale County Schools, says an event at the Alabama State Department of Education that honored bus driver Charles Poland and his passengers was “an incredible day in the healing process.”
Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery
May 28, 2013

In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.

Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district
May 21, 2013

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

Bus drivers at Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District #40 are provided with protective goggles and gloves when they need to fuel the district’s propane buses.
How to maximize staff safety around alt-fuel buses
May 14, 2013

From fueling training to regular tank inspection to a properly equipped maintenance facility, there are many factors to consider when operating school buses on propane autogas and compressed natural gas to ensure employees’ well-being. Industry officials discuss these and other components, along with the built-in safety features of some of today’s buses.

NAPT News & Views — Barry Sudduth picks a superpower, new name
May 7, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Barry Sudduth.

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Bus Master Pro 6.2 Geocode Inventorymaintenance software includes modulesfor work orders, inventory and vendors, among others.
Choosing the right maintenance software for your facility
May 2, 2013

Each system brings a diverse set of functions to the school bus market, including inventory tracking and work order generation, and many are customizable to meet operations’ individual needs.

Preparing for the threat of hijacking
April 30, 2013

Regardless of whether the driver obeys the commands or resists a hijacker, every single school bus driver must understand that their No. 1 priority is the protection of the children on board. Drivers must be prepared mentally for these situations and conduct drills to reinforce proper procedures.

Dan Peters has experience in the specialty vehicle industry, having served five years with fire truck maker Pierce Manufacturing.
New Collins exec shifts from red to yellow
April 23, 2013

With a background in the fire truck industry, Dan Peters comes to Collins Bus Corp. with a keen understanding of the importance of building a top-quality vehicle for the job of protecting people.

Phones: not the only distractions
April 17, 2013

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

Communication leads to cost savings for Florida district
April 16, 2013

The collaborative atmosphere at the School District of Manatee County’s transportation department ensures that everyone works together to do their jobs efficiently, minimizing unnecessary expenditures. A combination of factors, including providing ongoing driver instruction to help them operate new buses that have been purchased, has saved the district about $400,000.

Trained school bus drivers often respond to evacuation missions. Pictured here, Houston Independent School District sent 142 buses to New Orleans to help with evacuation and relief efforts in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

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