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This teen’s ‘dream car’ is a retired school bus
March 1, 2000

When people discover my love for Crown school buses, they figure I spent my childhood on the West Coast riding them to school and back.

Always in a hurry, got somewhere to go
March 1, 2000

Too many children have died because motorists have decided that the flashing red lights and extended stop arm of a school bus are merely a suggestion.

Harvard researchers compare diesel fuel and natural gas
March 1, 2000

In a head-to-head comparison of diesel fuel vs. natural gas in heavy trucks, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis found, as you might expect, advantages and disadvantages for each fuel, depending on the criteria.

Searching for solutions to severe behavior problems
February 1, 2000

As a new bus driver, I quickly learn that students with behavior problems can be very interesting to work with, indeed. A couple of decades later, I am a supervisor, but still heavily involved in serving students with special needs.

Help get the word out on transport wheelchairs
February 1, 2000

Students who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs represent only a small fraction of the approximately 23.5 million children who ride school buses to and from school each day. As such, they could be easily overlooked when it comes to occupant safety.

Should transportation directors have experience as bus drivers?
February 1, 2000

Transportation directors and other pupil transportation experts weigh in.

A short reminder for busy people
February 1, 2000

The world seems to be moving so quickly — with information being spat at us faster than we can assimilate it — that we rarely have time to think about death.

Don’t Let Bullies Rule Your School Bus
February 1, 2000

Bullying can have severe consequences - driver distraction, accidents and even death. Bus drivers need to understand how rules and respect can help them minimize this behavior.

The ‘Next Generation’ of Protection for Wheelchair Passengers
February 1, 2000

With crash-tested securement points, the transport wheelchair will significantly improve passenger safety. Meanwhile, retractable securement systems already are having a positive impact.

Best Practices for Loading and Unloading Wheelchair Students
February 1, 2000

Although there are exceptions, industry experts say specific lift procedures need to be closely followed. Driver and attendant training is critical, they add.

Ingenuity Required to Overcome Alaska’s Natural Barriers
February 1, 2000

Paved highways are rare in the country's northernmost state, requiring schools to find creative ways of meeting the transportation needs of students.

Newsletters Can Help to Inspire and Retain Drivers
February 1, 2000

A newsletter that mixes personal glimpses with just-for-fun items and newsworthy events can help to build morale.

Should School Buses Have Rear Underride Guards?
February 1, 2000

Transportation managers should inventory their fleets and assess their risks. And drivers should be trained how to respond to an underride crash.

Joe Mirabella Named SBF’s 1999 Administrator of the Year
December 1, 1999

Transportation director in Englewood, Colo., has made strong contributions to the industry — while championing an unpopular cause.

How to Keep Your Fleet Healthy in Cold Weather
December 1, 1999

To proof your buses against frigid temperatures, pay attention to tires, fuel, belts and hoses. And don't ignore driver training.

Media Campaign Is Key to Lifting Industry’s Image
December 1, 1999

Expansion of school bus transportation in the 21st century hinges on the industry's efforts to promote its achievements and to erase widespread misconceptions.

25 Events That Shaped School Transportation
December 1, 1999

How did we get where we are today? Change has been driven by advances in technology, mounting safety concerns and tragedy. Let's look back.

Tags: history
School loading zones should be wheelchair friendly
December 1, 1999

Extra care needs to be given to school loading-zone safety when buses for children with special-needs are involved, especially when the children are transported in wheelchairs.

It’s been a great ride and will only get better
December 1, 1999

In many ways, SCHOOL BUS FLEET and the pupil transportation industry have grown in tandem.

Tags: history
It’s time for the industry to confront 8 key issues
December 1, 1999

The following commentary was drawn from a speech given by Lee Larson at the 1999 National Association for Pupil Transportation conference in Denver. He attended the conference to introduce the Leland E.G. "Lee" Larson Quality Student Transportation Award.

Tags: NAPT

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