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David Pace Named Administrator of the Year
January 15, 2010

SBF presents the 36th award to the veteran transportation director from
Virginia, who has served as a mentor for many new people entering the field.

Versatrans Solutions to undergo leadership change
January 13, 2010
Doug Hamlin will step down as president of the student transportation software provider in February 2011. The move is part of a long-term strategy to transfer the ownership and leadership responsibilities of Versatrans, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2008.
Arizona district equips school bus with Internet access
January 8, 2010
School officials say the Wi-Fi service encourages students to study during the bus ride and contributes to a quieter, safer atmosphere on board.
Allied Bus Sales employee honored for service excellence
January 4, 2010
Ken Ruble, service manager of the school bus and parts distributor, was presented with Navistar’s President’s Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals that show growth in service, warranty sales and technical training hours.
School bus sales continue to drop
December 18, 2009
The number of units sold in North America fell 8.1 percent in 2009, marking the third year of decline in a row.
REI launches electronic catalog, YouTube channel
December 17, 2009
Web-based media tools allow users to view Radio Engineering Industries products and warranty information online with the electronic catalog, and to learn more about the company and its products via the YouTube channel.
Blue Bird honors top dealers
December 17, 2009
Bryson Sales and Service of Utah is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2009 Dealer of the Year. Regional and "Best in Bus" awards were also given out.
Federal Highway Administration strives to improve safety on roads
December 17, 2009
A 2009 edition of the agency’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices was released this week. The manual includes new and updated requirements for numerous traffic control devices, including requiring better pavement markings to increase bike lane safety and extending walk times for pedestrians at crosswalks.
School bus driver honored for teaching efforts
December 15, 2009
Johnny Campbell provides learning materials on board his bus and welcomes each student onto the bus each morning. He was honored this week by school district officials.
Industry preps for 2010 Love the Bus campaign
December 15, 2009
A press release template for media market use and a Love the Bus toolkit are available to help school bus operations honor their drivers and raise awareness among students, parents and the community about school bus safety in February.
ASBC asks for $5M in federal funds
December 11, 2009
The pupil transportation industry coalition goes to Washington to drum up support for a public education campaign to promote increased school bus ridership.
NAPT calls for proposals for 2010 conference
December 11, 2009
The presentation proposals should include practical information and advice and must meet the administrative or operational needs of industry officials. The submission deadline is April 15.
Innovative Driving Course Sharpens Skills
December 11, 2009

Before the start of the school year, Harford County Public Schools sets up an elaborate range of obstacles to test its bus drivers. Learning from past accidents and mastering difficult maneuvers are key steps to maximizing safety.

Collins Bus becomes NJCAA sponsor
December 8, 2009
In a three-year agreement, member schools of the National Junior College Athletic Association will receive "most favored customer" status and associated discounts from Collins Bus.
Tips for industry novices
December 3, 2009

For those just starting out in pupil transportation, remembering a few pieces of advice, such as maintaining the industry's safety standards, will put them on the road to success.

Thomas Built honors top dealers
November 30, 2009
Matthews Buses Inc. was named the bus manufacturer’s national and northeast region dealer of the year. Thomas dealerships in Nebraska, North Carolina and Alberta won the remaining regional awards.
Stuff the Bus event collects 47,000 lbs. of food
November 24, 2009
The School District of Manatee County (Fla.) partners with supermarket chain to park buses at 15 stores. The county food bank says that items donated to help area families will last through the holidays and all the way to May.
Michigan district wins new bus for a year
November 24, 2009
Hoekstra Transportation offered the use of a brand new Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as part of a giveaway contest during the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation's annual fall conference.
Collins names new regional sales manager
November 18, 2009
Matt Scheuler is promoted and will maintain his position as aftermarket parts manager for the Type A bus manufacturer. He will work primarily with distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada.
District weighs options to reduce fuel costs
November 17, 2009
A Florida district’s finance advisory committee has reportedly asked district officials and students to calculate the cost-savings of running buses with less fuel in their tanks. While the move could improve fuel efficiency, it could also reduce operational efficiency.

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