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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 Xchange 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.

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.

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