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Blue Bird to unveil new Type A bus, new technology
November 10, 2014
Along with the new Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird will debut an electronic stability control system and a new Propane Vision warranty.
Keynote speaker encourages audience to ‘enjoy the ride’
November 10, 2014
Motivational speaker Steve Gilliland amuses the NAPT crowd with anecdotes that illustrate the importance of enjoying life’s journey and feeling passion for your work.
Jim Beekman named SBF’s Administrator of the Year
November 10, 2014
The industry veteran galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented improvements that led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.
Blue Bird announces 2014 Supplier Awards
November 7, 2014
The company presented its 2014 Supplier of the Year award to Bendix Commercial Systems for teaming with Blue Bird to launch a premier air disc brake. Blue Bird also recognized 10 other suppliers for quality, innovation and service.
Texas district honored for safety, efficiency initiatives
November 7, 2014
Houston Independent School District is recognized by District Administration magazine for its bus tracking, safety and fleet greening programs.
Leadership changes, dealer inventory funding at Navistar
November 7, 2014
A $250 million deal will support IC Bus and International Truck dealer inventory funding. Also, Navistar is restructuring its senior leadership team.
American Cooling Technology appoints 2 to sales team
November 6, 2014
The bus air-conditioning supplier names Rick Coffman regional sales engineer for the Southwestern U.S. and Bill Schroyer the Southeast regional sales manager.
SBF to head up tech talk at NAPT
November 5, 2014
Editors from the magazine will head up a roundtable discussion about automated and connected vehicle technology with industry experts at the NAPT Summit on Saturday.
Mother arrested for yelling profanities at kids' bus driver
November 5, 2014
Tamara Moore allegedly swore at the Clayton County, Georgia-based driver, threatened her and commented on her weight because the driver missed her kids' stop. Police charged Moore with disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of a public school.
6 Helpful Routes to Take When a School Bus Driver Dies
November 5, 2014

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies? Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver’s family deal with their loss.

Virginia school bus drivers stage 'sick out'
November 4, 2014
Nearly 40 Portsmouth Public Schools drivers called in sick on Monday morning to protest for higher pay. School officials say they have been meeting with drivers every month and agreed to give them more money for taking on extra routes.
Boy on way to bus stop escapes abduction attempt
November 3, 2014
The 8-year-old tells police that a man got out of his car and pointed a gun at him, while a woman told him to get in the car.
Student helps save bus driver during emergency
November 3, 2014
Terence Reid Jr., an 8-year-old student in North Carolina, notices the driver isn’t able to move, calls on the radio for help and directs EMTs to their location. He is being recognized with an Outstanding Citizen award.
Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?
October 31, 2014

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

HSM names national market manager for school bus
October 30, 2014
Dave Anderson is responsible for all sales activities in HSM’s school bus market, which includes school bus seats and seat pads.
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Prop arms help train drivers to check mirrors thoroughly
October 27, 2014
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
NSTA announces safety competition scholarship winners
October 27, 2014
The 2014 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition was held in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20. The association awarded five winners funds for continuing educational opportunities.
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.

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