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Transportation internship helps student succeed
September 21, 2015
When Alex Mata interned with Denver Public Schools transportation, the team taught him about bus maintenance and even helped with his homework. Without the experience, he says, “I probably wouldn’t have graduated high school.”
Beyond the Bus: Supporting Safe Ways to School for All Students
July 24, 2015

Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.

Colorado school bus drivers, technicians advance to nationals
June 29, 2015
Drivers and maintenance staff test their skills in the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association’s school bus roadeo and technician safety contests.
Driver arrested after striking school bus, fleeing
February 9, 2015
A Colorado man faces numerous charges after a wild ride that included crashing into a school bus, fleeing on foot and entering another driver’s car, authorities say.
Bus driver accused of tying autistic student to seat
January 30, 2015
Guardians of the 3-year-old boy claim the Denver Public Schools driver tied the boy to his seat because he learned how to unbuckle his harness. A district spokesperson confirmed that the driver “was using an unapproved seat belt-like device," and the district is investigating the incident.
School bus crossing light allowed in Colorado
December 16, 2014
Colorado becomes the seventh state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado
June 26, 2014
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
Anti-idling contest saves about $15,000 in fuel
June 19, 2014
Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s transportation department sponsored a competition between its west, east and north terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of school bus engine idling time. The winning terminal cut its idling time by 50% — and won a catered lunch.
Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver
March 14, 2014
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
Special-needs driver fired after DUI
November 27, 2013
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Colorado district wins 3 pupil transportation awards
June 12, 2013
Shari Weber, Nanette Oswald and the late Lori Smock from Gunnison Watershed School District are honored by the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. Smock, the district’s transportation coordinator, passed away recently after a long fight with cancer.
Terry Ruddick named Fleet Person of the Year in Colorado
June 6, 2013
The fleet manager at Thompson School District wins the award from the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. He credits his colleagues in the district’s transportation department, saying, “If it wasn't for the people around me doing their jobs so well, then I couldn't do the job that I do.”
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Denver district ‘stuffs the bus’ for children in need
January 28, 2013
Over the holidays, transportation and staff district-wide at Denver Public Schools donated clothes to benefit the nonprofit organization Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. Officials say the busload of items was delivered on Jan. 23, and the clothing will help more than 100 children.
Denver bus driver comes to rescue of stranded motorist
October 26, 2012
On a night of fierce 60 mph winds, a large sign blew into Doug Hoffacker's car on the freeway. Veteran school bus driver Susan Munoz blocked traffic from the disabled car, contacted emergency personnel and went to check on Hoffacker.
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