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50 great years
September 1, 2006

This 50th anniversary issue of SCHOOL BUS FLEET sparks fond memories.

A Look Back at SBF Award Winners
September 1, 2006

The pupil transportation industry has been graced by individuals who have contributed to its betterment at the local, state and national levels. The following people were recognized by <I>SCHOOL BUS FLEET</I> for their efforts.

Will School Buses Still Be Around in 2056?
September 1, 2006

The future of school transportation will be influenced by fuel availability and price, educational funding, social changes and advances in technology.

Bus dealer hosts SBF Forum members
September 1, 2006

More than a dozen school bus aficionadoes who met through the forums at SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Website got a chance to meet in person at an Aug. 12 event hosted at the headquarters of Midwest Transit Equipment Inc., a school bus dealer for IC Corp., Collins Bus and Mid Bus.

Eavesdroppers foiled by scrambler
September 1, 2006

Citizens using scanners to eavesdrop on two-way radio communications between bus drivers and the transportation office at Dryden (N.Y.) Central School District are now hearing a cacophony that sounds “like a bunch of ducks,” says Transportation Director David Fuller.

Blue Bird acquired by investment firm
September 1, 2006

On Aug. 25, Blue Bird Corp. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Toll collectors rescue children
August 1, 2006

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Four toll collectors were recognized for their heroism after they rescued 24 children from a school bus fire on July 14.

IC Corp. pegs engine hike at $6,000
August 1, 2006

IC Corp. has announced that school bus prices will increase $6,000 per unit as a result of the EPA requirements on engine emissions that bus and commercial truck OEMs must adhere to with 2007 engines.

Collins Industries explores possible sale of company
August 1, 2006

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Collins Industries, the largest manufacturer of Type A school buses in the U.S., is exploring a possible sale of the company.

NAPT News & Views
August 1, 2006

Security is the focus of this latest edition of the NAPT News & Views. Discussed below are some of the exciting things that are happening in our industry, and we want you to know how the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is leading every day.

Left behind
August 1, 2006

Although I was never left alone on a school bus, I imagine that to be the approximate degree of anxiety for those unfortunate boys and girls who find themselves in that scary situation.

Bus crash raises driver age issue
August 1, 2006

ABERDEEN, Md. — A July 5 school bus crash on a Maryland expressway that resulted in injuries to dozens of children, four seriously, has raised questions about the minimum age of bus drivers.

Off-peak delivery benefits all of us
August 1, 2006

Many people head to lunch at noon every day, out of habit mostly. Is there an advantage to eating at noon? Not really.

Bus Empty?: Solving the Stranded-Pupil Problem
August 1, 2006

Why are children continually abandoned on school buses? The reasons abound, but so do the possible solutions. Applying multiple strategies to train, remind and check up on drivers will help ensure the safety of precious cargo.

High-Tech Options for Tracking Students
August 1, 2006

School bus operators who want to track the time and place of student boardings and deboardings have three options: bar codes, radio frequency identification (RFID) and biometric systems. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Bus Briefs
August 1, 2006

Arkansas judge dismisses seat belt lawsuit
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A lawsuit alleging that a school bus involved in a fatal crash was defectiv...

Help us help you
June 1, 2006

I was in Washington, D.C., recently for an industry lobbying effort that brought together key players from the school bus community.

The risk inside the bus
June 1, 2006

We in the pupil transportation industry are justifiably proud of our safety record. We have fewer crashes, fewer injuries, and fewer fatalities than a...

Useful Techniques to Optimize Mirror Training
June 1, 2006

Mirror grid systems are designed to assist in the instruction of proper mirror usage. Choosing the right system can enhance the learning experience and increase a driver's visual capacity, especially around the danger zone.

Q&A: Rising Fuel, Bus Prices are Key Challenges
June 1, 2006

International's Michael Cancelliere says school bus operators need to examine idling practices and routing efficiency to minimize the impact of high fuel prices. Meanwhile, he predicts a 5 to 8 percent increase in volume of bus sales this year.

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