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5 New Products to Boost Shop Efficiency
March 25, 2015

Offerings are designed to organize and expedite maintenance work and keep the shop floor clean.

How to Pinpoint and Prevent Common Brake Problems
March 20, 2015

Brake experts give guidance on conducting thorough inspections, servicing the brake systems and teaching school bus drivers what to watch out for.

Tags: brakes, parts
Spring ISD reorganized its two-story parts room last year and now groups fast-moving parts in one area for quicker access.
5 Tips to Streamline Parts Inventory Management
March 18, 2015

Managers say setting up a barcoding and scanning system, fleet standardization and daily tracking of pricing have been indispensable practices. Additionally, good housekeeping and strategic organizing expedite jobs.

BusBoss now features the customizable SmartRoute Dashboard™, which alerts directors to different factors while planning daily bus routes, such as students not assigned to stops or routes.
School Bus Software Offering More Accessibility, One-Stop Shop Options
February 27, 2015

Choices abound for routing and fleet maintenance software packages that are available on any web-connected device, eliminate the need to spend time importing and exporting data to one central location, and automatically track a variety of information in real time.

IC Bus Exec Trish Reed Talks Propane, School Bus Sales
February 25, 2015

Reed discusses the benefits of IC Bus’ new propane school bus, which the manufacturer sees tying in to projected growth in alternative fuels.

NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
February 20, 2015

In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.

Set in an urban area, the Raytown Quality Schools transportation department buses approximately 5,750 students. It recently adopted an approach to student behavior management that has drastically reduced poor conduct and bullying incidents.
Department Boosts Behavior Training, Improves Bus Environment
February 17, 2015

Raytown (Mo.) Quality Schools practices Positive Behavior Support, which drastically reduced write-ups for minor infractions and bullying. The approach refocuses the spotlight on students who follow the bus rules instead of those who cause trouble to get attention, and emphasizes teaching students how to meet behavior expectations.

Alt-fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show
January 22, 2015

Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

Jim Beekman Awarded for Efficiency Efforts, Keen Leadership
January 20, 2015

Beekman galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented numerous improvements, which led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.

Tags: Florida
China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety
November 20, 2014

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students. Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country’s vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

Max Christensen and his wife, Lisa, adopted two children from China: Olivia and Isaiah. They are pictured at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
14 Fascinating Personalities in Pupil Transportation
November 14, 2014

A WWII veteran who is still training school bus drivers in his 90s. A mechanic-turned-manager who test-drove a bus to Toad Suck, Arkansas. A state director who used to be a hair stylist. Get the scoop on these and other intriguing school bus people in the return of this popular series.

Family members and friends of school bus driver Jennifer Foughty are pictured here in front of her bus. Foughty died unexpectedly in 2013 at age 39.
6 Helpful Routes to Take When a School Bus Driver Dies
November 5, 2014

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies? Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver’s family deal with their loss.

There has been a noticeable uptick in LED bus light sales recently, according to suppliers. Pictured is an LED unit from TRP Bus Parts.
School Bus LED Benefits Increase as Costs Decrease
October 3, 2014

The price gap between LEDs and incandescent lights has gotten smaller in recent years. With their longer life, higher light output and lower maintenance, LEDs are delivering a great return on investment for school bus operations.

Tags: lighting
Moving from the driver’s seat to the rear exit is one job-related task that may be timed in an agility test. Drivers and a bus monitor are shown here performing a New York physical performance test.
Driver Agility Testing: Variations and Applications Nationwide
October 3, 2014

Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a mandated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations.

Richfield Springs (N.Y.) Central School ensures a safe and equitable prom experience for all students by providing a “yellow limo” for transportation.
Extracurricular Bus Service Provides Safe Access to Learning, Experiences
October 1, 2014

Keeping students safe, simplifying coordination, and equitability are just some of the benefits that running school bus service for extracurricular student activities offers. Strapped districts keep costs down through partnerships and being creative with
their fleets.

The Continental HSR2 features a protective curb rib to increase the durability of the sidewall against abrasions, protecting the casing. The tire also features Continental-engineered VAI technology in the shoulders to alert drivers and fleet managers to early signs of alignment wear.
Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety
September 15, 2014

Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and features that extend tire life and improve
drivability in difficult weather conditions, help school bus operators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and efficiently.

Tags: tires
How to Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space, Part 2: Zero with an Asterisk
September 11, 2014

Learn how a paratransit service absorbed 16% more passengers with no added cost. The example can be applied to pupil transportation: Optimizing the spatial and temporal relationships of one’s service area can yield big cost savings.
Second in a series of occasional articles

Pre-screening, taking a conversational tone, and picking the right interview team members help find the right fit. iStock image.
Beyond the Resume: 6 Tips for Conducting Effective Interviews
September 9, 2014

Since a resume may not provide vital information, such as whether an applicant is assertive, has a positive attitude and enjoys working with children, interviewing is a critical component of the hiring process. Pre-screening, taking a conversational tone, and picking the right interview team members help find the right fit.

For Gallagher, Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth
August 29, 2014

In 17 years, Student Transportation Inc. leader Denis Gallagher has built his company into the third-largest school bus contracting firm in North America. Along the way, he has embraced alternative fuels and new technologies, focused on recruiting good people, and maintained a 95% contract renewal rate.

Post-accident procedure committees and team members typically take pictures of the scene, review related reports and create a plan to prevent future similar incidents.
Post-accident Procedures Committees Key in Prevention
August 13, 2014

Whether using a committee or more informal arrangement, selecting the right members, having procedures in place in advance for determining preventable measures and driver retraining are crucial.  

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