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<p>Kickert&rsquo;s first &ldquo;school bus&rdquo; was a horse-drawn wagon fitted with board seats, as seen here in a parade in May.</p>

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Kickert School Bus Hits 100-Year Milestone

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.

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<p>Two years ago, Suffolk Transportation completed the FTA&rsquo;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.</p> Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
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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.
For Gallagher, Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth
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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.
Tackling school bus driver shortage
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Eighty-four percent and 85%. These are the percentages of respondents to SBF’s 2013 School District Survey and SBF’s 2014 Contractor Survey, respectively, who reported having some degree of school bus driver shortage at their operation.
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Fleetio Import Feature
Fleetio’s new import feature allows customers to upload unlimited vehicle details, fuel records, service history, employee profiles and more to their accounts with just a few clicks, company officials said.

DriveLogik Monitors Driver Performance
DriveLogik, a hardware package and software reporting service, provides driver performance reports and customized instant alerts via mobile devices to identify major driving events.

Azuga G2 GPS Fleet Tracking System
Azuga G2 reads the vehicle’s engine data every second and delivers emissions idling reports 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems, officials for Azuga said.

RoadRecorder video surveillance line
The RoadRecorder series offers high-definition recording and utilizes both hard disk drive and solid-state recording to create redundant data storage, according to Safety Vision.

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<p>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a clown bus. John Devine, owner of North Suburban Transportation in Woburn, Massachusetts, is seen here driving the company&rsquo;s whimsical vehicle in the local Halloween parade. As noted on the side of the bus, the seating capacity is &ldquo;1 Clown,&rdquo; who is pictured in the rear window.</p> PHOTOS: School bus oddities

From a clown bus to a stop-arm-equipped motorcycle, take a look through this collection of... Visit photo gallery

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VIDEO: New York school bus safety event aims to educate

At an event held earlier this year, the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the Suffolk Region PTA walked parents and district officials through bus safety features, hiring and safety training requirements for school bus drivers.

VIDEO: Highlights from School Bus eXchange 2015

At the inaugural School Bus eXchange, school bus operators and suppliers met to discuss solutions to common challenges. Hear what participants had to say about the event, which took place in April in the Dallas area.

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