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Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
Voyageur Transportation named a ‘Best Managed Company’
June 5, 2014
The Ontario-based operator transports 6,000 students to and from school daily and provides other services, such as non-emergency medical transportation. An official with the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program says that Voyageur “invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company.”
New York association announces safety competition winners
May 28, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
STA secures $10 million California contract
May 12, 2014
The school bus contractor will serve San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools beginning in January under the five and a half year agreement, and it will provide 133 new, ultra-low-emission vehicles and 31 propane autogas vehicles. STA also reports that all major contracts that were part of the acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California assets have been extended.
Bob Pape named president of New York contractors association
May 9, 2014
Pape, partner and officer secretary with Dell Transportation in Port Washington, N.Y., has served on the New York School Bus Contractors Association board of directors since 2007, and he brings more than 40 years of experience in pupil transportation to his new role as president of the association. “Our goal as an association has been, and will continue to be, to deliver the best pupil transportation services in the country,” Pape says.
REMINDER: We want your input for our Contractor Survey
May 7, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
First Student celebrates its employees
May 6, 2014
The school bus contractor will hold employee appreciation days Tuesday through Thursday this week in recognition of its nearly 60,000 drivers, attendants, technicians, managers and additional staff. Officials say every First Student location will hold an event to honor employees for their hard work and commitment.
REMINDER: Nominate an outstanding school bus contractor
May 6, 2014
Do you know an exemplary school bus contractor who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? If so, SCHOOL BUS FLEET wants to hear from you. We’re preparing to select a recipient for our annual Contractor of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations. The deadline is Friday, May 9.
New Jersey contracting veteran George Dapper passes
April 28, 2014
Dapper passed away on Friday at the age of 68. He began working full time for his father’s business, George Dapper Inc., in 1969, and under Dapper’s leadership, the company’s fleet grew to 475 school vehicles, including school buses. Eric Raphael of Irvin Raphael Inc. spoke fondly of his colleague, saying, “George was a mentor and role model to me my entire life.”
Contractor Survey: We want your input
April 23, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
National Express donates bus to community empowerment center
April 23, 2014
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
STI celebrates Employee Appreciation Week
April 22, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI) will hold celebratory breakfasts, catered lunches and barbecues, as well as award ceremonies this week in honor of its third annual event, with the focus aimed at giving employees the chance to express their appreciation for their colleagues. The nomination process for the company's second induction class of the STI Wall of Fame will also launch this week.
STA wins 2 Pennsylvania contracts
April 16, 2014
The five-year agreements with both school districts — Hempfield School District and East Penn School District — will generate $10 million in new annualized revenue for the company starting next school year, officials say. STA will provide more than 200 new, clean-burning propane autogas vehicles under the contracts.
STI subsidiary unveils new transportation service
April 15, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will provide its new direct-to-parent transportation service to charter and private schools in Charleston, S.C. Families with students enrolled at schools serviced by the subsidiary will now be able to sign up for the type of bus service they would like, choose a route, make payments and manage their account on the provider's website.
Contractors see safety as an investment
April 10, 2014

Executives for some of North America's largest school bus companies discuss how allocating resources toward such efforts as driver training and preventive maintenance can benefit the operation by improving safety and employee morale, which, in turn, enhances profitability.

NSTA launches redesigned website
April 9, 2014
New features of the contractor association’s website include detailed information for school administrators to use when considering contracting, and a centralized place to find school transportation services when looking for contractors interested in providing school transportation in a specific state or Canadian province.
Suffolk Transportation launches child-check bus safety solution
April 3, 2014
The New York school bus contractor partners with Child Check-Mate System and Zonar for the system, which institutes multiple safety checks for sleeping or unseen children. When a child wakes up and moves around the vehicle, Child Check-Mate System’s Double Check feature will turn on the vehicle’s interior lights, speak to the child and activate Zonar’s system, which will send a message to bus company employees so they can respond.

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