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California district renews First Student contract
July 22, 2015
San Francisco Unified School District continues its partnership with the contractor for the 2015-16 school year with the recent award of a new five-year contract.
Winners named in School Bus Driver Int'l Safety Competition
July 20, 2015
Two drivers from a West Virginia district take the top spots in the conventional and small bus categories, while a California contestant comes in first in the transit category.
NTSB issues recommendations from 2014 truck-motorcoach crash
July 16, 2015
After investigating the Orland, California, crash in which five students were among those killed, the agency calls for motorcoach survivability enhancements.
California district to receive first electric school bus in conversion project
July 14, 2015
Torrance Unified School District’s transportation director recently visited TransPower’s facilities to see the progress on the conversion of one of its diesel-powered buses to electric.
California district chooses Trillium to build CNG station
June 18, 2015
Los Angeles Unified School District’s new station will feature 102 time-fill posts and a single fast-fill dispenser. This will be the second CNG fueling station built and operated by the company for the district.
First Priority named Trans Tech dealer for California, Nevada
June 3, 2015
In those two states, First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses, including the all-electric eSeries.
California special-needs conference rescheduled
May 29, 2015
The state’s two-day Transporting Passengers with Special Needs conference that was scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 will now be held Dec. 8 and 9.
Students splashed by diesel fuel from disabled bus
April 23, 2015
Seven Los Angeles students aboard a school bus on a field trip were sprayed by diesel from a malfunctioning fuel pump after the fuel line sustained damage and ruptured. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Chowchilla school bus kidnapper OK’d for parole
April 2, 2015
James Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus in 1976 and then imprisoned the 26 children and their driver. Now, Schoenfeld has been given initial approval to re-enter society.
Driver called 'hero' for saving students from bus fire
March 30, 2015
The driver was dropping off students at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Intermediate School when she noticed the engine was on fire, and got all 35 students to exit safely. No students were injured.
California district gets funding for bus service pilot
March 17, 2015
The town of Tiburon and the city of Belvedere put up a one-year school bus subsidy for Reed Union School District to see if providing cheaper rides will increase ridership and decrease traffic.
TransTraks to develop membership program for California association
March 17, 2015
The new program for the California Association of School Transportation Officials will include an online application process and will be hosted on a cloud service.
SafeStop brings bus, student tracking app to California
February 12, 2015
SafeStop debuted its school bus and student tracking app, SafeStop, with parents of students at Campbell Hall, a school located in North Hollywood. The app is also available in New York, Florida and South Carolina.
5 California districts get $325K for cleaner school buses
February 11, 2015
The funds will be used to replace 13 older diesel buses with new models. The five California districts are among 76 recipients nationwide to be awarded rebates from the EPA.
More special-needs conferences to be held in California
January 30, 2015
The Office of School Transportation events, slated for April 14-15 and Nov. 17-18, will focus on when and how to transport children with special needs.
School bus driver charged in crash didn’t disclose medical info
January 15, 2015
Gerald Rupple was driving a bus last year for the Orange (Calif.) Unified School District when he passed out and crashed, injuring 11 students. He is accused of failing to disclose his medical problems when he was hired, and he faces several charges.
Project to test electric school bus profitability
December 18, 2014
Companies operating under a grant are retrofitting six school buses with electric batteries to double as mobile generators and test the profitability of selling back the electricity to power companies. The companies also hope to assess potential health benefits.
Batteries stolen from special-needs buses
November 3, 2014
Suspects stole 32 batteries from 16 Victor Elementary School District special-needs buses in Victorville, California. The theft cost the district approximately $3,500 and each battery is valued at about $110.
Campaign raises $100K for electric school bus conversion
September 30, 2014
With a “crowdfunding” drive, ADOMANI raises funds that will go toward converting a diesel bus to an all-electric bus for Stockton (Calif.) Unified School District. The vehicle will likely be a 50-passenger Type D school bus similar to two other buses that the company has converted to electric.
School bus driver recounts near-miss with tree in storm
September 22, 2014
Brad Clark, a bus driver for La Mesa (Calif.) Spring Valley School District, was driving his bus through a strong rainstorm in mid-September when an 80-foot eucalyptus tree fell in the street, and his bus slammed into it. Neither he nor the five special-needs students aboard the bus were harmed.
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