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Thomas Built invests $11.8M to expand C2 production
October 23, 2014
The investment will increase capacity and add up to 236 new jobs to Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 operations.
Kansas governor proclaims School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day
October 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback’s proclamation designates this Wednesday as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day in Kansas. The event falls amid National School Bus Safety Week.
New 4-year contract for union workers at Thomas plant
October 20, 2014
Officials say that the contract ratified by the United Auto Workers rewards the contributions of Thomas Built Buses’ workforce while improving efficiency.
Micro Bird earns ISO certification
October 20, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s facility in Drummondville, Quebec, now has ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization.
School bus driver's smile went a long way
October 16, 2014

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind the bus, what she saw cut through her bad mood and left a lasting impression on her.

Allied Specialty Vehicles names new executive
October 16, 2014
Marcus Berto will be the chief commercial officer for all product lines worldwide for ASV, which is the parent company of Collins Bus Corp.
5 myths about student tracking, dispelled
October 13, 2014
School districts are finding that student GPS tracking has many benefits, but it has also become controversial. Here are five myths about student tracking and the reasons they are inaccurate.
Iowa governor proclaims School Bus Safety Week
October 9, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad signs a proclamation that designates Oct. 20-24 as “School Bus Safety Week in Iowa.” The event will coincide with National School Bus Safety Week.
Veteran New York transportation director moves to new district
October 8, 2014
Michael Dallessandro was recently named transportation director at Greece Central School District, which operates more than 200 route buses and transports 11,500 students daily. Dallessandro has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years.
GreenRoad driver feedback app offered on Zonar tablet
October 7, 2014
The fleet telematics providers complete an agreement to offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application on Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet. In other news, Zonar installs its 300,000th telematics unit.
Seon kicks off part 2 of anti-bullying Coloring Contest
October 6, 2014
The winning student design from part one comes from Jazmine of Wheatfield Elementary in Indiana. Jazmine's drawing is being used as part two of the 2014 Coloring Contest, in which all school-aged children are encouraged to submit their completed coloring sheets by Oct. 31 to win one of three prize packages.
Pupil transportation leader Don Carnahan backed collaboration, technology
October 6, 2014
Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The industry veteran had diverse experience, as a state director of pupil transportation, a director for school bus contractor Laidlaw, and most recently as a vice president for fleet management solutions supplier Zonar.
Driver Agility Testing: Variations and Applications Nationwide
October 3, 2014

Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a mandated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations.

Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
STI kicks off 4th annual bullying prevention awareness month campaign
October 1, 2014
“Operation: Bully Free Buses” will include events and activities raising awareness of bullying prevention and promoting kindness while continuing to educate Student Transportation Inc. bus drivers and other employees on how to prevent bullying on the school bus. The company is also promoting an anti-bullying photo contest.
Extracurricular Bus Service Provides Safe Access to Learning, Experiences
October 1, 2014

Keeping students safe, simplifying coordination, and equitability are just some of the benefits that running school bus service for extracurricular student activities offers. Strapped districts keep costs down through partnerships and being creative with
their fleets.

Salem-Keizer launches cyclist safety campaign, cuts idling by 60%
October 1, 2014
Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Public Schools staff members collaborated with a local cyclist, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Bike Racing Association on a bicycle-bus safety awareness poster to educate bus drivers. Meanwhile, the fleet, safety and facilities team was able to cut idling by nearly two-thirds last year, and the transportation team reduced accidents by 59%.
Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets
September 30, 2014

Greg Lammers, Owatonna Bus Co.’s fleet manager, attributes his success to a dependable software management system and efficient procedures, which keep his total cost of ownership at a minimum.

New director takes helm at Arizona’s biggest district fleet
September 29, 2014
Jeanne Vandemark has taken over the role of director of transportation at Mesa Public Schools from Ron Latko, who retired in May. Vandemark’s career in transportation at Mesa stretches back 23 years and covers numerous positions, starting as a special-education bus driver.
Truck and IC Bus dealership in Mississippi acquired
September 26, 2014
Summit Holdings completes the acquisition of Truck Center Inc., a commercial truck and IC Bus dealership with locations in Tupelo and Pontotoc, Mississippi. With the addition of Truck Center, Summit now operates 31 locations in eight states.
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