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Driver saves family from potential house fire
March 18, 2014
Georgia bus driver Brandi Holcomb notices a spark coming from a house and begins yelling and honking her horn to alert the people inside. Randy Roberts wakes up when he hears Holcomb, goes outside, and is able to disconnect the wire that is causing the spark.
Kids learn safety lesson from Buster the School Bus
March 17, 2014
Second-graders at a Houston elementary school get an important lesson on school bus safety, thanks to Houston Independent School District transportation team members and Buster the School Bus. The presentation shows students how to behave before and after getting on the bus.
New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation
March 17, 2014
Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.
Former director pleads guilty to records tampering
March 14, 2014
Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In the fall, he resigned as transportation director from Iowa's Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors found that buses in the fleet that had issues had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise.
Transfinder VP wins 40 Under Forty award
March 12, 2014
Joseph Rossi, vice president of global sales at Transfinder, is one of this year’s recipients of the award from an Albany, N.Y., business journal. Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella says of Rossi, “He continues to deliver. It's exciting to work alongside him every day."
AngelTrax expands operations to the Midwest
March 11, 2014
The mobile surveillance system supplier opens a new operations center in Jeffersonville, Ind. The expansion will enable AngelTrax to introduce new solutions in a larger, more central market, officials say.
Michigan district returns parked buses to service
March 10, 2014
Grand Rapids’ Forest Hills Public Schools had placed nine buses out of service in November following a fire in a bus of the same year and model. Following a lengthy investigation and replacement of the distribution module in the buses, they return to the road on Monday.
IC Bus dealer Midwest Transit acquires Allied Bus Sales
March 7, 2014
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
District may switch to 3 tiers, shorten walking distances
March 5, 2014
In an effort to prevent late buses and enhance transportation service, Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools is proposing to change from a four-tier bell time schedule to three tiers. Another change under consideration would be to reduce walking distances from 1.5 miles to 1 mile for middle school students and from 2 to 1.5 miles for high school students.
3 speakers join U.K. transport conference lineup
March 4, 2014
The new speakers that the Interchangeability 2014 conference added are a broadcast journalist who has worked on crisis communications projects around the world; the founder of TO BE WORLDWIDE, an organization that builds educational facilities in Ghana; and the director of student engagement and mobility management at Easter Seals Transportation Group.
School bus driver strike averted in Seattle
March 4, 2014
Teamsters Local 174, which represents more than 450 school bus drivers in Seattle, had said it was prepared to strike since mid-February. On Saturday, the union ratifies a new contract with First Student.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Web exclusive: More on gaining support from school boards
March 4, 2014

In our March 2014 issue, officials at school districts and bus companies offer tips that can help in getting school board members to become advocates for the yellow bus. Here are a few more tips, as well as insight on efforts at operations that have been successful in establishing positive relations with school board members on specific issues.

Thomas Built aids in school’s performance progress
March 3, 2014
In 2010, the school bus manufacturer became the primary sponsor for Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., as part of an effort to improve the school’s performance. Thomas Built’s funding and volunteer support have helped Oak Hill Elementary become the highest performing Title 1 school in the state, officials say.
Boston district may expand transit bus pass program
February 28, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ interim superintendent submits a balanced budget recommendation for the 2015 school year, with a proposal to reduce transportation costs by expanding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students. This measure is among several transportation-related proposals designed to save $11 million.
How to cut costs by mastering time and space, part 1
February 28, 2014

Manipulating time and space to optimize system design sets a foundation for efficiency in special-education transportation. Here is an introduction to the concept — and three examples in which its application could have saved countless dollars.

Seon raises over $600 for anti-bullying cause
February 26, 2014
The company supports Pink Shirt Day in Canada by purchasing official T-shirts for Seon employees, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver. The company also holds a corporate event on Wednesday to highlight the significance of the cause.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move
February 21, 2014
The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”
Kids know good drivers
February 20, 2014

Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that not everyone is cut out for.

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