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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.

Connecticut imposes tougher school bus driver standards
February 1, 2007

WATERBURY, Conn. — Prospective school bus drivers in Connecticut must now pass more stringent background checks.

Retired School Buses Still Serve
January 1, 2007

Did you ever wonder what eventually happens to abandoned, out-of-service school buses?

Q&A: Customer Service Is Top Priority for U.S. Bus Corp.
January 1, 2007

President John Manzi says the key to success lies in understanding and meeting the end-users’ needs. Meanwhile, tough competition and rising costs provide challenges.

Derek Graham Named SBF’s Administrator of the Year
January 1, 2007

North Carolina pupil transportation director is recognized for his numerous contributions to his state and the larger pupil transportation industry.

Great Fleets Across America 2007
January 1, 2007

To further recognize the invaluable service provided by the nation’s pupil transportation programs, we present the seventh installment of our “Great Fleets” series. Find out how this year’s 10 outstanding operations have raised the bar in safety, efficiency, maintenance and other areas.

Clinging to the past?
January 1, 2007

For the two decades that I’ve been associated with pupil transportation through this magazine, our industry has fought against those who would have us equip large school buses with active passenger restraint systems, whether they’re lap belts, lap-shoulder belts or other devices.

Last FS-65 bus delivered
January 1, 2007

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses reached a milestone as it handed over the keys to its last customer-ready FS-65 conventional school bus.

ASBC responds to injury study
January 1, 2007

Pupil transportation officials called a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics “a valuable contribution to the investigative literature concerning school bus-related injuries.”

Emergency Preparedness Takes Center Stage
January 1, 2007

The NAPT’s 32nd Annual Conference and Trade Show features a bus-rail crash demonstration and seminars on emergency response, as well as a new leadership initiative.

Immerse yourself
January 1, 2007

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the NAPT board of directors, it’s composed of nine members — president, president-elect, five regional directors and two at-large directors.

Employee Discipline: Using Counseling Memos Correctly
November 1, 2006

Failure to document employee conduct and disciplinary issues can leave a manager in more trouble than the employee. Here are steps to circumvent such a scenario through properly written and executed counseling memos.

How Dispatchers Fill a Pivotal Role
November 1, 2006

The dispatch position can be one of the most demanding in pupil transportation, but it is at the hub of an operation’s success. Here’s a look at the skills dispatchers need to handle the job and its inherent stress.

Q&A: Investing in Specialty
November 1, 2006

On the heels of a new partnership with a private equity firm, Specialty Manufacturing President Gray Ellison discusses the company’s direction.

Giant Challenges for Giant Fleets
November 1, 2006

Managing a large school bus fleet presents special challenges. What are those challenges and how are they handled? Transportation directors at giant fleets provide their insights.

Bus Radio cues up controversy
November 1, 2006

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Music soothes the savage breast, or so the adage says. This premise underlies the reliance upon music as a safety tool on school buses.

Out with the old. . .
November 1, 2006

Every now and then, you should splurge and buy a new car or remodel your kitchen or add a new suit to your wardrobe.

NAPT News & Views
November 1, 2006

Before I became NAPT president, I attempted to get a feel for what being in the position would be like by discussing issues and ideas with former leaders of the association.

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