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Alabama district reverses decision to end bus service
December 12, 2013
The service for regular-education students at Hoover City Schools was set to end with the 2014-15 school year, but Superintendent Andy Craig and school officials are now exploring ways to continue offering the service with the district’s own bus fleet and drivers and to charge students a fee to ride the bus. Craig says that the ability for the district to both receive state allocation for transportation and collect fees from bus riders was the primary factor in this latest decision.
6 factors to consider in leasing equipment
December 12, 2013
Web Exclusive: When you need additional equipment, there are numerous financing options out there. Here are tips for making the right leasing decisions for your operation.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for photo contest winners
December 11, 2013
Five schools across the U.S. were each awarded $2,000 for their programs in science, technology, engineering and math in recognition of the winning entries of the inaugural Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
State directors to develop training guidelines for seat belts
December 11, 2013
In response to NTSB recommendations, NASDPTS says it will develop guidelines to assist schools in training bus drivers, students and parents on “the importance and proper use” of various types of school bus seat belts. The state directors association says it will also develop educational materials on “lap and shoulder belts providing the highest level of protection for school bus passengers” — another NTSB recommendation.
School Bus Logistics, TransTraks partner for training
December 11, 2013
School Bus Logistics will assist with software training, technical support and sales for TransTraks customers. TransTraks, a transportation management software company, will provide School Bus Logistics with new software and training options for the latter company’s customers.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
School bus sales up 13% in 2013
December 10, 2013
U.S. and Canadian school bus sales this year increased for the second year in a row. There were 36,073 school buses sold in 2013, compared to 32,034 units sold in 2012.
Florida’s Don Ross named general manager of LBS South
December 9, 2013
Ross joined the school bus dealership in April as service director after working for more than 13 years at the School District of Manatee County in several roles, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance. In his new role, Ross will be responsible for the management, oversight and strategic direction of LBS South.
Blue Bird donates bus to philanthropic group
December 6, 2013
The school bus manufacturer presents the keys to a freshly painted 24-foot bus to Bob Votruba, founder of One Million Acts of Kindness. The bus is an upgrade from the 23-year-old bus the organization purchased in 2009 for Votruba to travel around the country, speaking to public schools, colleges, homeless shelters, hospitals and businesses, striving to inspire daily kindness, empathy and peace.
Joe Piscopo to kick off 2014 Zonar conference
December 5, 2013
The veteran entertainer will kick off the two-day fleet management conference — called THE ZONE — during the opening night dinner on April 22. Officials say THE ZONE will include more than 50 educational sessions and numerous training opportunities.
Newfoundland bus driver charged with impaired driving
December 4, 2013
On Wednesday morning, officers respond to a report of a possibly impaired school bus driver. As a result of the investigation, a 71-year-old man is charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.08%).
Roberts Hawaii, Ground Transport to bus students in Oahu
December 4, 2013
The contracts will start with the 2014-15 school year — Roberts Hawaii receives 181 routes, and Ground Transport receives 124 routes. This is the latest step in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s “Get on Board” initiative, which aims to reform the state’s student transportation system.
Bus driver admits to DUI with students on board
December 3, 2013
A New Jersey woman recently pleaded guilty to operating a school bus with 25 students on board while she was impaired by alcohol in November 2011. During the trip home on that day, several students called their parents and expressed fear at the way she was driving.
HSM acquires Summit Seating Inc.
December 3, 2013
Summit Seating is a manufacturer of seating products for transit buses, recreational vehicles, vans and other specialty vehicles for original equipment or aftermarket use. Officials say the acquisition is expected to expand HSM’s footprint and leadership role in the transportation seating market and will immediately grow both the near- and long-term growth opportunities for the HSM Transportation Solutions business unit.
Leadership, from Lincoln to school bus drivers
December 3, 2013

Like this Civil War-era luminary and others, bus drivers provide guidance to their passengers, and they are dedicated and care for those they work with and serve — all characteristics of a great leader.

NAPT News & Views — Dave McDonald shares his hopes, fears
December 3, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Dave McDonald, NAPT affiliate member director and director of business development and technical sales for Rosco Vision Systems.

Dispatcher digs dinosaur fossils
December 3, 2013

Every summer, Terry Thomason, a dispatcher for Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, travels to Minneapolis, where she and her mother and siblings volunteer for the Marmarth Research Foundation.

Emirates Transport provides bus service for private schools
December 2, 2013
The United Arab Emirates transportation company officially launches its service for private schools with an operational fleet of 100 buses. Emirates Transport officials say they expect to add 230 buses to the service.
NHTSA stats show traffic deaths rose in 2012
November 21, 2013
There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still, agency officials say that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.
Report of car following bus takes humorous turn
November 21, 2013
For school bus drivers, vigilance is essential, but sometimes it has unexpected results. That was the case in a recent incident in Miami in which a school bus driver reported a suspicious-looking vehicle following the bus.

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