Subscribe Today

Articles - Features

Displaying 1  -  20  of  782
Photo courtesy NHTSA
How to Optimize the Use of Transportation Tiers
November 4, 2015

With proper planning and design, tiered school bus service can yield significant efficiencies and cost savings. It can also create longer shifts for drivers.

5 Lessons in Recruiting Drivers
October 30, 2015

A new school bus driver recruiter shares lessons learned in her first year on the job. Safety is the real No. 1 priority, bus drivers have an extraordinary amount of influence on children, and the job is not for everyone, she finds.

It’s recommended that transportation directors check in with the dealer ahead of time on existing specs that already match their criteria. Dealers can also help word specs so they don’t conflict with federal or state requirements. Shown here is dealer Carolina Thomas Buses. 
Streamlining Spec’ing to Get the Best Bus Fit
October 28, 2015

Gathering a team of staff members and coming up with a list of must-have items, as well as staying familiar with FMVSS and state regulations, can help save time and effort when working with the dealer to build the optimal bus for your operation.

istock image mbbirdy
10 Tips to Bolster Bus Checks for Sleepers
October 5, 2015

To make sure no child is left behind, school bus operations should have clear procedures for drivers to follow, enforce consequences, and provide frequent reminders and recognition.

School districts such as Adams County (Colo.) School District 14 have adopted software programs with routing and ridership tracking to streamline Medicaid reimbursement reporting. Shown here is one of the district’s special-needs students with her school bus. Photo by Billy Salaz, Adams County (Colo.) School District 14
Don't Leave Money on the Table: Using Software for Medicaid Reimbursement
September 30, 2015

Software programs automate reporting, making it easier, faster and less costly, suppliers say. Districts have been able to save days’ worth of staff time and have more, reliable data with which to recoup much-needed funds.

Photo courtesy Firetrace
Fire Suppression Systems Increase Automation, Early Detection
September 2, 2015

Advances in fire suppression technology can help identify and stop an impending bus fire before flames even come into play. The systems can also provide more time for passenger evacuation during a thermal event.

Riley Williams was honored posthumously as SBF’s 2015 Contractor of the Year. Carol Williams (middle left), Riley’s wife, and Chloe Williams, their daughter, accepted the award on his behalf. At left is outgoing NSTA President Tim Flood. At right is SBF General Manager James Blue. Photo courtesy NSTA
In the Office or at the Wheel, Contractor of the Year Led by Example
August 31, 2015

New Jersey’s Riley Williams demonstrated a passion for safely transporting students and for giving back to the community. He connected with his drivers by driving alongside them.

Beyond the Bus: Supporting Safe Ways to School for All Students
July 24, 2015

Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.

The School District of Escambia County (Fla.) has seen a decline in the number of minor school bus driver at-fault accidents due to training drivers to use a more proactive driving approach. Shown here is Robert Doss, director of transportation for the district.
6 Ways to Instill Safety Culture Among Drivers
July 22, 2015

Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.

Bitimec’s 626-EZ saves more water by applying soap through misting circuits, which also use less soap. The system is shown here washing a school bus at Brunswick County Schools in Bolivia, North Carolina.
6 Tips for Saving Water With Bus Wash Systems
June 24, 2015

Measures to cut water use while maintaining a clean fleet include brush systems, nozzle upkeep, and using foams and soap alternatives such as vehicle wash agents, suppliers say.

Kickert’s first “school bus” was a horse-drawn wagon fitted with board seats, as seen here in a parade in May.
Kickert School Bus Hits 100-Year Milestone
June 12, 2015

Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.

Tags: Illinois
FerrellAutogas worked with a Wisconsin school district on a propane fueling station thatincludes a 30,000-gallon tank with three single-hose dispensers.
Alt-fueling Equipment Offers Myriad Options for Fleet Needs
May 27, 2015

For operations that run propane or CNG school buses, suppliers can provide customized solutions for efficient and reliable fueling.

Bob Young (right), director of transportation at Boulder (Colo.) Valley School District, talks with other SBX attendees during a roundtable on operational efficiency.
School Bus eXchange Drills Down on Keys for Success
May 21, 2015

At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful operation.

Photo courtesy NHTSA
The Case for Audio Monitoring on School Buses
April 24, 2015

Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.

New Thomas Built CEO Discusses New CNG Bus, Plant Expansion
April 22, 2015

Caley Edgerly takes the helm as the school bus OEM launches another alternative-fuel option and works to increase plant production by 25%.

Photo by Christopher Smith
6 Key Things I Hope I've Taught You
April 17, 2015

As her career draws to a close, legal expert Peggy Burns reflects on the essential guidance she has given to pupil transporters over the past 20 years.

Secured Mobility's SMART tag enables drivers to quickly view on a tablet student information, including a photo, assigned seat and stop, and medical needs.
Growing GPS, Student Tracking Capabilities Offer More Security Tools
April 15, 2015

Suppliers are providing more immediate and detailed information for parents and transportation managers through apps and video; customizable alerts and
vehicle parameters; planning versus actual views; and tablets on board buses.   

Two years ago, Suffolk Transportation completed the FTA’s Homeland Security Assessment and made several upgrades, the biggest of which was bringing its entire fleet into its yards each night, ending vehicle park outs.
Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
April 13, 2015

Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.

Photo by John Horton
8 Ways to Optimize the Use of School Bus Video Surveillance
April 7, 2015

To make sure you’re getting the best use of the surveillance systems on your buses, consider these eight practices that can help improve student behavior, identify training needs and support your drivers.

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.

« Previous12345678910...3940Next »

Premium Member

Get bus sales numbers, transportation statistics, bus specifications, industry survey results, bus loading and unloading fatality statistics and more in the School Bus Fleet Research Center. Become a premium member today!
Log in Button Register Button


Get breaking news, industry updates, product announcements and more.