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Contractors on school busing now, and what lies ahead
March 14, 2013

In this roundtable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues — at the national and state levels — will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.

Another transit agency ordered to halt school bus routes
March 12, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directs a Michigan agency to halt several routes that were introduced in 2010 to transport about 300 students. The ruling comes a month after the FTA issued a similar order to a South Dakota transit agency.
Scrap company owner charged after stolen buses are shredded
March 11, 2013
Chicago police arrest Sergio Quintero on Friday, and he is charged with felony possession of a title or registration that has not been assigned. The charge stems from his alleged involvement in the theft of eight school buses, which were brought to his scrap yard, and three of them were destroyed.
First Student driver honored for customer service excellence
March 11, 2013
Richard Fumi receives the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes those who go above and beyond the call of duty to best serve their customers. In other news, First Student was recently named the 2013 Business of the Year by the Park Hill District Hall of Fame Committee in Kansas City, Mo.
Blue Bird expedites 100 buses for Sandy-damaged fleet
March 7, 2013
Hundreds of school buses in Atlantic Express' New York City fleet were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the storm. The team at Blue Bird worked relentlessly to fill an initial order of 100 Blue Bird Visions within record time for delivery in December, company officials said.
President of W.L. Roenigk Inc. passes away
March 6, 2013
William L. Roenigk Jr., who was also owner of the Pennsylvania-based company, succumbed to his battle with leukemia on Saturday at the age of 57. Roenigk’s father founded the company, and he began working for it after graduating from high school in 1973.
FMCSA names Gary Catapano to advisory committee
March 4, 2013
Catapano, the senior vice president of safety for First Student, is also involved in National School Transportation Association (NSTA) committees. Now, as a member of FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, Catapano says he will "help the agency with the regulations that affect NSTA’s members."
Stock Transportation secures Alberta contracts
March 4, 2013
The Canadian subsidiary of National Express Corp. recently began serving Edmonton Catholic School District 7 and Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional School Division 41. The company operates 40 bus routes for the first district and one bus for the latter district.
Longtime Durham general manager retires
February 25, 2013
Marilee Mayes retired from the position at the school bus contractor’s Hutchinson, Kan., terminal on Friday after 27 years on the job. Mayes oversaw the student transportation for Hutchinson Unified School District 308, and she now serves the school system as a substitute school bus driver.
South Dakota transit agency ordered to stop school bus routes
February 21, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues the order to Yankton Transit of Lake Andes earlier this month in response to a complaint that the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) filed in 2011, finding that the agency’s school bus routes are not open to or meant to serve the general public. NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal says “we are glad to see violations such as this recognized and enforced by FTA.”
FirstGroup America donates $112K to nonprofit
February 6, 2013
Officials for the parent company of pupil transportation provider First Student Inc. say that employees raised the money for Children's Miracle Network through direct-deposit donations, company contributions and employee fundraisers. In other news, First Student Charter Bus Rental provided shuttle service for the Super Bowl held in New Orleans last Sunday.
Labor board finds NYC bus driver strike legal
February 1, 2013
The now two-week-old strike by unionized school bus drivers in New York is found to not violate the National Labor Relations Act. The strike began on Jan. 16, with the union calling for the continuation of job protections that Mayor Michael Bloomberg contends "the city is not legally allowed to provide."
Krapf Bus donates phones to 911 Cell Phone Bank
January 29, 2013
The school bus contractor recently updated its cellular network and searched for an organization that would put the old phones to good use. Krapf decided on the 911 Cell Phone Bank, which provides law enforcement with free emergency cell phones for seniors and victims of abuse.
Zonar awards $50K grants to school bus companies
January 24, 2013
Don Carnahan, vice president of business development for Zonar, presents the grants to five contractors at the National School Transportation Association’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting. The money can be used to outfit school buses with the hardware parts needed to utilize Zonar technology.
N.J. school bus associations merge, form new group
January 17, 2013
The New Jersey School Bus Owners Association and the Garden State School Bus Contractors Association merge to create the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association, which comprises members from more than 30 school bus companies. Officials say the merger took place “to better coordinate efforts as they relate to pupil transportation matters within New Jersey.”
11 batteries stolen from contractor's buses
January 17, 2013
First Student serves Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in New Jersey, and officials say the thefts earlier this week caused some buses to run late in the morning. The news follows an incident last week in which batteries were stolen from 16 school buses in Florida.
FirstGroup America names human resources exec
January 9, 2013
Tim Young joins the company as senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, where he will oversee the human resources, labor relations and benefits function of First Student and First Transit. Young will also supervise the payroll division for all of FirstGroup America.
Founder of Lamers Bus Lines passes
January 4, 2013
Lyle Lamers passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 97. He started the school and charter bus company in 1944 with his wife, Ellen, and reportedly drove buses for the company until he was 72 years old.
Partnership to provide accident recorders to school bus contractors
January 3, 2013
Mobile surveillance systems supplier Zen-tinel teams up with Safety, Claims and Litigation Services, an affiliate of National Interstate Insurance Co. The insurance provider will offer Zen-tinel’s accident event recorder technology to contractors through its customer loyalty program.
Durham School Services wins first Ga. contract
December 28, 2012
Officials say the school bus contractor’s five and a half year agreement with Peach County Schools in Fort Valley is its first in the state, and that Durham now operates in 32 states. Durham operates 38 routes for Peach County Schools, transporting 3,500 students daily.

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