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McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
June 30, 2014

IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the “backbone of the industry” and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, has passed away
June 29, 2014
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which publishes Automotive Fleet, School Bus Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado
June 26, 2014
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Longtime school transportation director switches gears
June 26, 2014
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, takes on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical, a private ambulance and fire protection services provider. He will continue to offer his school bus expertise as a consultant.
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
Texas district honored for hiring military
June 19, 2014
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, a U.S. Department of Defense office, presents an award to Houston Independent School District for its efforts to recruit and retain military personnel.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign
June 19, 2014
The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Labors' International Union of North America, requesting that the union not negatively represent the yellow bus in its highway bill reauthorization campaign. But on Monday, the union launched a tour featuring a school bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.
District decals buses to honor fallen alumni soldiers
June 18, 2014
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony on May 30 for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of its buses that honor the students and presenting framed versions to their mothers.
ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive debut risk reduction solution for school buses
June 18, 2014
SecureFleet, developed exclusively for ProSight niche transportation customers, combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets.
District to fire driver who let son drive school bus
June 17, 2014
Theresa Robinson admitted to allowing her son to drive the school bus that was assigned to her. An investigation conducted by Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools found that Robinson's son took the bus to be washed and detailed and that no children were on board at the time.
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
District uses school bus for program that feeds low-income students
June 16, 2014
The Manatee County (Fla.) School District’s school bus, which no longer runs in its fleet, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches to more than 100 children each day. The food bus program runs through Aug. 8 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Georgia pupil transportation group gathers for 50th conference
June 12, 2014
A record number of school bus professionals are expected to attend the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation's June 16-19 event on Jekyll Island, Ga. The milestone conference will offer more than 100 hours of professional learning across five tracks of study.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Starcraft Bus named a top account for Ford in 2013
June 10, 2014
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and the eighth year in a row. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses in the U.S. as well as its dealer network.
Committed to lifelong learning
June 10, 2014

Peter Lawrence estimated that he put in about 1,000 hours in just the last year as he worked on his dissertation. That was in addition to continuing his full-time job as director of transportation.

Texas district named ‘Leading Fleet’
June 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s school bus fleet receives the award from Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on its creation of a music video that addressed bus seating and bullying; how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million; and how the district successfully took on bus service for an adjoining school district.
Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation marks 25 years
June 6, 2014
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.

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