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Student Transportation buys Calif. bus company, debuts on NASDAQ
September 6, 2011
The contractor acquires A and B Bus Co., which has provided student transportation services to the same Southern California region for nearly 40 years. And on Tuesday, Student Transportation Inc. CEO and Chairman Denis Gallagher rings the bell in NASDAQ's opening ceremony as the company enters the U.S. stock market.
Calif. frees up funds for bus emission retrofits
August 18, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signs into law legislation that will allow air quality management districts to put $2 from motor vehicle registration fees toward emission-control devices for existing school buses. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF that based on his understanding of the bill, it will be effective, and that the next step will be for local air districts to adopt a funding program for using the money.
5 safety tips for school start from Calif. DOE
August 16, 2011
Reminding school bus drivers to check for sleeping students and reviewing the danger zone are among the safety practices in a list distributed by the state DOE’s Office of School Transportation.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
California DOE offers special-needs transportation conference
June 6, 2011
The Office of School Transportation's two-day Transporting Children with Special Needs Conference will be held at two locations this month. Course topics to be covered include pupil loading and unloading, accident investigation and documentation.
California school bus drivers recognized
April 27, 2011
As part of “School Bus Driver Day” on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol joins the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown in publicly expressing appreciation to the state’s bus drivers for the job that they do.
CASTO conference covers safety, efficiency
April 19, 2011
Sessions during the California Association of School Transportation Officials event address myriad topics, including how pupil transporters’ actions when transporting students with disabilities can affect their operations’ costs and the First Observer school bus security program. Nearly 40 industry suppliers exhibit at the conference’s vendor show.
California agency designates $19M for hybrid vehicle voucher program
February 22, 2011
Under the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, public and private fleets statewide can reserve a voucher for up to $40,000 for fuel-efficient hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles through a participating dealership when the vehicle is ordered. The voucher will be redeemed at the time of purchase.
New California state director named
December 15, 2010
Anna Borges has been on the state’s Office of School Transportation staff for more than 10 years. Before that, she held various director and supervisory positions. She succeeds retiring state director John Green.
Longtime California state director to retire
December 7, 2010
John Green first became involved in pupil transportation as a school bus driver nearly 40 years ago. As he prepares to retire from his state director position, he discusses his career with SBF.
Dates set for 2011 California special-needs conference
December 3, 2010
The state Department of Education is offering the event, which will be held in Sacramento June 22-23 and in Fresno County June 28-29. Topics to be covered include understanding the special-education process, confidentiality and the special-education student, and public and community relations/mandated reporting.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
A-Z Bus Sales to deliver CNG buses to California district
July 21, 2010
Fresno Unified School District will receive 30 All American Blue Bird school buses powered by the alternative fuel. Upon delivery, the district will have a total of 42 CNG Blue Bird units.
California DOE cancels special-needs conference
July 15, 2010
The conference was scheduled to be held in four counties across the state in July and August. The DOE’s Office of Transportation reports that travel restrictions and the state’s lack of a budget prompted the cancellation.
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