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$4K awarded in school bus safety challenge
April 5, 2012
National Express Corp. holds the challenge for its customer service centers, aiming to reduce preventable accidents and work-related injuries. Blue Bird sponsors the awards, with $1,000 going to each of four regions.
Insurance firm offers contractors bus safety training
April 2, 2012
School bus companies insured by Safety, Claims and Litigation Services LLC will receive the Driver Training Course by School Bus Safety Co. as part of a loss control services package. Officials from the firm say they feel that using the course will make children safer while reducing the cost of risk to customers.
New app provides safety info on bus companies
March 28, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's free SaferBus application, for iPhones and iPads, lets users review companies' safety records before booking bus trips. Those without one of the Apple devices can still access the safety database online.
2012 Contractor Showcase
March 27, 2012

In this year’s showcase, regional managers and executives for some of North America’s largest school bus contractors discuss the biggest changes they have seen in their area in recent years.

Student Transportation wins 4 new contracts
March 26, 2012
Two of the contracts are for operations in Connecticut, and the others are for operations in New Hampshire. Officials say the Connecticut contracts will add over $4.6 million in annualized revenues, while the New Hampshire agreements will add approximately $4.3 million in annualized revenues.
Durham raises $10K for Special Olympics chapter
March 26, 2012
Employees for the school bus contractor participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff, Ill., and raise $10,780 for Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Durham also donates bus service to transport the plungers to and from the event location.
Student Transportation awarded 2 new contracts
March 20, 2012
Officials for the company and its subsidiary Student Transportation of Canada Inc. say the contracts, which are each for five years, will add approximately 200 vehicles, $9 million Canadian in revenue on an annualized basis and include fuel price mitigation clauses.
Bus company has 70 routes for school choice program
March 16, 2012
Illinois Central School Bus subsidiary Missouri Central School Bus is serving the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. in St. Louis under a three-year contract. The Missouri State Patrol recently inspects the fleet and officials say it exceeds the state’s excellence standard, with no buses out of service.
First Student adds 41 buses to Mass. fleet
March 15, 2012
Twenty-eight of the new buses designated for the Springfield School District are Thomas Built Saf-T-Liners. First Student also integrates 13 new small buses into the fleet.
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.

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