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Hobson leaves NSTA
March 2, 2012
After about a year on the job, David Hobson departs his position as executive director of the school bus contractor group. President Magda Dimmendaal credits him for his work in membership growth and cash flow management, among other areas.
Contractor offers incentive for safety, attendance
March 1, 2012
Under a new program at North America Central/Illinois Central School Bus, staff members who are free of preventable accidents and workers’ comp claims and have perfect attendance for a given month are entered in a drawing to win a flat-screen TV.
First Student honored for hiring military vets
February 24, 2012
The school bus contractor receives a Flag of Freedom Award as part of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s “Show-Me Heroes” initiative. Since the initiative began in 2010, officials say First Student has welcomed veterans returning from overseas into the ranks at locations in Columbia, Parkville, Kansas City and St. Joseph.
School bus fuel tax exemption preserved
February 23, 2012
Repeal of the exemption was under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee. The National School Transportation Association called on committee members to defend against the effort, which association officials said “would have been tantamount to imposing a tax increase on private school bus transportation providers.”
Burtwistle: District funding pressures not expected to ease
February 23, 2012
As president of the largest school bus contractor in the U.S. and Canada, First Student’s Linda Burtwistle has a keen perspective on the range of issues impacting the pupil transportation industry. She recently shared her insights with SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon.
Carey Paster joins National Express Corp.
February 22, 2012
The school bus contracting veteran has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he will be responsible for furthering National Express’ presence in the passenger transportation market. Paster previously held roles with FirstGroup America and First Student.
National Express names chief operating officer
February 16, 2012
The school bus contracting company appoints Charlie Bruce to the newly created role, where he will be responsible for overseeing all North American operations. Bruce most recently served as the chief operating officer for First Student Inc.
Bus driver praised for actions during shooting
February 14, 2012
Police say the driver told the students on his bus to get down out of the line of fire, he was able to leave the scene of the incident and he then called dispatchers to notify police. Although one bullet reportedly hit the bus, no one was injured.
Riteway Bus founder Roland Bast passes
February 13, 2012
The longtime school bus contractor — as well as farmer and auctioneer — was regarded for his dedication to his employees and customers. He launched Riteway Bus in 1957 with four school buses that cost about $5,000 each.
Landmark Student Transportation names president
February 2, 2012
Kirk Flach joins the school bus company in the role, where he will oversee all aspects of its operations in North America. Flach, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, was most recently senior vice president of operations for National Express Corp.
Cook-Illinois launches employee wellness initiatives
February 1, 2012
The school bus contractor has invested more than $22,000 in programs for its drivers, including a discounted membership program with Charter Fitness, and removed junk food and soda from its subsidiaries' vending machines, among other efforts. Employees are reportedly losing weight and interacting with one another more.
Huntington Coach receives $50K fleet equipment grant
January 30, 2012
The National School Transportation Association and Zonar Systems co-sponsor the grant, and it was presented to the school bus contractor during the association’s recent Mid-Winter Meeting. Company officials say the money will be used to finish installing GPS technology from Zonar on its fleets.
Contracting on the rise?
January 26, 2012

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 school privatization survey found that 12.2 percent of districts in Michigan use privatized bus service, which is nearly triple the 2006 rate of 4.4 percent.

Student Transportation honored for anti-bullying efforts
January 25, 2012
The school bus contractor is named 2011 Company of the Year by the nonprofit organization Unique Gifted Loveable You. Student Transportation Inc.'s bullying prevention training programs, which include having drivers maintain a positive bus environment, helped the company earn the accolade.
Durham employees volunteer for student reading program
January 18, 2012
Cheryl Tiemann and Eddy Minze of the contractor’s Brenham, Texas, terminal visit a local elementary school each week to serve as mentors in the HOSTS reading intervention program. Tiemann and Minze work with first-graders, reading to them and listening to them read.
Firm provides financing for Atlantic Express bus purchase
January 12, 2012
Fleet Financing Resources funds $875,000 for Atlantic Express of L.A. Inc. that will go toward five 2012 compressed natural gas-fueled Blue Bird A3RE school buses. The transaction was partially supported by a $225,000 clean transportation grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
First Student subsidiary buys Quebec bus company
January 9, 2012
With the $8.5 million deal, Autobus Transco begins operating Transport St. Leonard's 150 schools buses. As part of the transition, the experienced drivers will participate in 20 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
DATTCO employees help families in need
January 5, 2012
Seven employees at the bus company’s Burrillville, R.I., terminal spend more than 230 hours knitting scarves, mittens and hats, which are donated to a social service agency.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
January 5, 2012
The contractor has acquired Safe Start Transportation, which has provided home-to-school student transportation services to the North Central region of the state. Officials say the fleet comprises fewer than 200 vehicles.
Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award
January 3, 2012
The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.

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