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Last Chowchilla school bus kidnapper denied parole
November 20, 2015
A state panel denied Frederick Woods parole for the 14th time due to disciplinary infractions that demonstrate continued criminal thinking, authorities say. He will be able to seek parole again in three years.
Last Chowchilla school bus kidnapper seeks parole
November 17, 2015
Frederick Woods, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, has a parole hearing scheduled for Thursday. A congresswoman and a retired state appellate judge say that he has served enough time.
Pam McDonald named SBF's Administrator of the Year
November 8, 2015
Whether it's saving money on fuel or keeping an important event afloat, Pam McDonald knows how to make it happen: partnerships. The longtime pupil transportation leader has helped strengthen the industry by building vital connections with colleagues and suppliers.
EPA awards $5.4M for diesel emission reductions in West
October 27, 2015
Several school bus-related projects are among those awarded grants to retrofit and replace old diesel vehicles and equipment.
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns
October 26, 2015

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency evacuations? Transportation directors with years of three-point belt use on their buses share their insights.

Partnership to repower school buses with electric drivetrains
October 14, 2015
Adomani Inc. and A-Z Bus Sales form an agreement to convert and maintain hybrid and all-electric school bus fleets.
3 school bus driver promotions at California district
September 21, 2015
After a transportation supervisor retires from Mojave Unified School District and a department restructuring, the drivers moved into administrative positions.
Bus agency to make safety upgrades after autistic student’s death
September 17, 2015
Pupil Transportation Cooperative in California will push for electronic notification devices in its buses and have two adults monitor every bus to make sure no student is left on board following the death of a student on one of its buses last week.
Student with autism found dead in school bus
September 14, 2015
A 19-year-old student was found dead in an empty school bus in California, and his family believes he was left in the bus all day. He was severely autistic and nonverbal, and may have stayed on the bus because he was waiting for a cue, family members say.
California school bus driver saves students as bus catches fire
September 10, 2015
Forty-one high school students and an assistant coach escaped the bus uninjured. As the bus lost horsepower, overheated and began to smoke, the driver made sure all the students got off the bus safely.
Chowchilla school bus kidnapper paroled after 40 years
August 4, 2015
James Schoenfeld, one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver, was granted parole and will be released this week.
Special-needs student left on school bus for 4 hours
August 3, 2015
A California bus driver brings the other three children aboard the bus to school, drives to the bus yard and parks and leaves with the four-year-old still strapped in his seat.
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.
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