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Q&A With New President of Thomas Built Buses
March 22, 2010

School bus OEM appoints Kelley Platt as the successor of John O’Leary, who moved into a new role with Daimler Trucks North America. Platt played a pivotal role in Daimler’s acquisition of Thomas Built in ’98.

Thomas Built to deliver SCR-equipped buses to Durham
March 17, 2010
The school bus manufacturer in May will begin filling an order from the contractor for 288 Saf-T-Liner EF units. Along with a redesigned cockpit, the bus features a Cummins engine with selective catalytic reduction technology to meet EPA emissions requirements.
NAPT News & Views
March 12, 2010

While most of us are dealing personally or professionally with the roller coaster that is our current economy — and the school bus industry is certainly no exception — there are some who are dealing with much more.

Rough road ahead?
March 12, 2010

We found from speaking with executives at school bus contractor companies featured in the March issue's contractor roundtable that competition is "brutal" and prices being quoted are lower now than ever before.  

Thomas Built offers heated driver’s seat
March 11, 2010
The new feature is an option on the manufacturer’s Type C and D buses. A built-in thermostat lets drivers choose their ideal level of warmth, and two carbon fiber heating strips evenly distribute the heat.
New tool analyzes transportation data for school districts
March 10, 2010
The transportation model for Tyler Technologies’ District Pulse collects data from the company’s Versatrans applications, compiles it and publishes key metrics on a district’s intranet.
Operation 'stuffs' a bus for Haitian earthquake victims
March 5, 2010
With the help of the community, the transportation staff at a North Carolina school system gathered a school bus full of supplies last month to help those in need and shipped it overseas. The items will be distributed by a mission group and the bus will be used to transport teachers to and from schools.
You've got the wrong bus
March 5, 2010

I also have to wonder whether the story would have spread so fast and so far if it hadn’t initially been called a “school bus crash.”

SBF calls for Driver Management Survey participants
March 3, 2010
School bus drivers in U.S. and Canada are encouraged to respond; deadline is March 9.
Best School Bus Movie Scenes
March 3, 2010
What is YOUR favorite school bus movie scene? Share it with us here!
Tyler Technologies taps Fahey for Versatrans
March 2, 2010
John Fahey recently retired from the Buffalo (N.Y.) City School District, where he oversaw transportation as assistant superintendent for 18 years. At Tyler, he joins the team that consults with districts on the efficiency, organization and overall effectiveness of their transportation operations.
Enduring the Aftermath of a School Bus Tragedy
March 1, 2010

An accident involving a fatality will test the mettle of any school bus operation. Overcoming one takes careful planning, practice and systematic execution. (This article originally appeared in our August 2001 issue.)

Michigan district axes transportation
February 26, 2010
Faced with deteriorating school funding in the state, Royal Oak decides to eliminate transportation for general-education students beginning with the next school year. The district made substantial reductions in high school transportation last year.
Navistar Parts offers credit program for fleet owners
February 25, 2010
The “Fleet Charge ONE” card provides bus and truck owners with 30-day terms on parts and service purchases. It is available through IC Bus and International dealerships. Program benefits include access to online expense tracking tools and ease of participation in the company’s Customer Parts Recovery program.
Consulting firms form partnership
February 25, 2010
In addition to routing reviews, cost analyses and operations assessments, Management Partnership Services will now offer expertise in legal issues, compliance monitoring and human resource management through its agreement with Education Compliance Group.
School administrators praise stimulus, warn of further cuts
February 23, 2010
American Association of School Administrators says that while the stimulus funds provided some relief, school districts nationwide continue to face steep funding shortfalls. The organization's 2009 study found that in many cases, state budgets were cut only after it was known that the stimulus included money for education.
Transfinder to host client conference
February 22, 2010
Event in July will provide the company’s pupil transportation software users with an opportunity to attend classroom and computer lab sessions, receive routing software certification and network with colleagues from around the country.
Q&A: Blue Bird, Girardin Join Forces
February 19, 2010

Greg Bennett and Steve Girardin discuss the joint venture to merge the manufacturers’ Type A bus products.

‘Snowmaggeddon’ closes schools, sidelines buses
February 12, 2010
Recording-breaking snowfall in the mid-Atlantic region halted school bus operations this week, but there’s much work to be done for schools to resume next week.
NYAPT testifies before state fiscal committees
February 5, 2010
The pupil transportation group cautions lawmakers to avoid money-saving measures that could compromise student safety. NYAPT also expresses qualified support for a "shared services" proposal, calls for a review of special-needs transportation costs, and proposes streamlining paperwork requirements.

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