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China to compete in school bus market?
June 1, 2007

Now that they have penetrated the U.S. tour and charter market with motorcoaches, will it be much longer before Chinese vehicle manufacturers compete for a slice of the U.S. school bus market?

You'll hear from me
June 1, 2007

You'll be hearing a lot from me over the next several weeks, both literally and figuratively.

Random thoughts about ...
April 1, 2007

One of the things I often do is make notes on scraps of paper. I use them to create “To Do” lists, or to remind myself of things I want to talk with someone about. Here are some of the things I have made notes about recently.

SBF Photo Contest returns
April 1, 2007

TORRANCE, Calif. — Calling all shutterbugs: It’s time for SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Third Annual Photo Contest!

Thomas Built names 'Driver of the Year'
April 1, 2007

Thanks to one of her more grateful passengers, Elaine Brogan of the Branchburg (N.J.) School District was named the “Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year” for 2006.

How to Develop a Mission Statement That Is More Than Words
March 1, 2007

Have you ever been asked to develop a mission statement for your organization or department? When you finished, did you feel like it was meaningful? ...

Q&A: Change — and Opportunity — at Collins Industries’ Bus Division
March 1, 2007

In mid-January, Kent Tyler narrowed his focus at Collins Industries while, at the same time, broadening his responsibilities.

On Jan. 19, Tyler w...

Hardening the target
March 1, 2007

When I look at our industry these days, I see how useless it is to fight against change. Rather, we must learn to adapt and embrace new challenges.

Buses plow through snow
March 1, 2007

As with every other system in the country, we are constantly on the alert to save costs, and, as with most other systems in the snow belt, a major seasonal cost is that of plowing the white stuff off the depot lots so yellow buses can pick up the children on time.

Love the Bus tour has heart
March 1, 2007

Fittingly, the American School Bus Council (ASBC) wrapped up its Love the Bus tour on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, in the nation’s capital. The weeklong tour featured events in seven cities beginning in Dallas on Feb. 7.

When the mercury falls
March 1, 2007

How do you, as transportation professionals, prepare your staff for situations that are not explained in your policies and procedures manual?

12 Strategies to Combat False Passenger Injury Claims
February 1, 2007

School bus operations need to be prepared to fight false injury claims. Crash investigation skills and sound record-keeping are the first line of defense.

How to Publish an Effective Department Newsletter
February 1, 2007

Department newsletters can help to disseminate information, spotlight positive achievements and build morale. Keys to a successful newsletter include proper planning, content development and consistency.

It's not just a job
February 1, 2007

We take great pride in our safety record, as we should. Children are 13 times safer riding in a school bus than traveling to and from school in any other mode, whether that’s walking, bicycling or riding in an automobile.

I'm here because of you
February 1, 2007

Dear Phyllis, I am not sure you will remember me, but my name is Kathy Gorecki. You were my children’s school bus driver for many years. My reason for writing to you is to tell you how you have changed and influenced my life, how you have come to be my hero and my inspiration.

Tennessee pupil wins poster contest
February 1, 2007

Students from across the U.S. and as far away as Seoul, South Korea, competed in the 2006 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Major ‘losses’ create big-time winners
February 1, 2007

North Clackamas School District bus drivers, mechanics and other school associates participate in "The Biggest Loser" competition.

Thomas Built plant renovations underway
February 1, 2007

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses began renovations to its 1408 Courtesy Road plant late last year and expects the $10.3 million improvement plan to be completed by January 2008.

FTA orders transit agency to stop school routes
February 1, 2007

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Jan. 18, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) ruled that the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) has illegally engaged in school bus operations.

Collins Industries names new president of bus division
February 1, 2007

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Collins Industries, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles, has named Kent Tyler as president of its bus division, effective immediately.

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