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Minnesota district may stop school choice busing system
January 12, 2011
Under a three-year plan proposed by St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, the city would be divided into six areas and busing for students would be restricted largely to the area in which they live. The plan is designed to promote cost savings, higher student achievement and greater consistency among schools.
Nonprofit organization buys buses for district
January 12, 2011
The Viking Pride Foundation spends $200,000 to purchase two new and two used buses for Winthrop (Mass.) Public Schools, which will be used for daily routes and transporting athletic teams to away games, as well as field trips. Officials say the buses will save the district’s transportation department at least $40,000 annually.
Productive Discussions on Pressing Issues
January 11, 2011

Speakers at the NAPT Summit take on such topics as bus loading and unloading safety, bullying and cutting costs, and sharing information to ensure student safety and increase efficiency at one’s operation.

Missouri school district acquires lot for new district-operated fleet
January 4, 2011
The district's board of education purchases the lot, which includes an office and maintenance facility, from its contractor. School officials believe that having a district-operated fleet will save money in anticipation of major budget cuts; the district also switches to a three-tier bus system to further cut costs.
Judge rules to continue school bus service for Staten Island students
December 8, 2010
State Supreme Court Justice John Fusco says that New York City’s decision to take away the service was made without concern for the welfare and safety of the seventh and eighth graders who are affected. The city’s Department of Education has vowed to appeal Fusco’s decision.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.
District outfits fleet with Networkfleet GPS system
October 22, 2010
Palm Springs (Calif.) Unified School District equips its 100 vehicles with Networkfleet 4200 to reduce operating costs, improve driver safety and increase response times. In addition to vehicle tracking, the system provides detailed vehicle performance data.
District launches per-ride bus fee system
September 30, 2010
Douglas County School District recently became the first district in Colorado to charge a fee for bus service. Interestingly, the fee is based on usage rather than being a flat price.
School transportation audit identifies $10M in potential savings
September 13, 2010
Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., retained TransPar Group for the study. Findings show that adjusting start times, reducing the number of spare buses and shifting special-needs students to taxis or dial-a-ride services could help cut costs.
Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
Shuttle stop system could save $3.5 million
August 26, 2010
Under the new plan at Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, students attending magnet middle and high schools are picked up and dropped off by the district’s school buses at designated shuttle sites.
School bus service to continue for Staten Island students
August 17, 2010
A state Supreme Court judge signs a restraining order that temporarily blocks New York City officials’ plan to end the service for seventh and eighth grade students in the borough. After a Sept. 13 hearing, the service could be eliminated.
Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
Districts renew contracts with American Logistics Co.
July 12, 2010
The special-needs student transportation management company will continue to provide services for Seattle Public Schools and Washington County School District in Utah for the 2010-11 school year.
American Logistics to help serve Texas districts
June 4, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company has partnered with Innovative Transportation Solutions with the goal of improving services and reducing transportation costs for school districts statewide.
Michigan bill would outsource non-instructional labor
June 3, 2010
The legislation would require the outsourcing of all non-instructional support services in public school districts for contracts of $20,000 or more, typically food, janitorial and transportation services.
Navman Wireless to host fleet savings Web seminars
May 3, 2010
During the free seminars on May 11 and 12, a school bus fleet expert for the vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions provider will discuss how public and private pupil transportation operations can reduce costs, maintain profits and improve customer service by using fleet tracking.
Bill would aid in funding bus refurbishments
March 22, 2010
New legislation would allow Georgia school districts to refurbish existing units using state funding for purchasing new buses. Renovations would have to be completed by a school bus manufacturer or dealer.
District cuts special-needs bus routes
March 1, 2010
An Alabama school system is dropping the routes in order to reduce costs. The state Department of Education reportedly allows a school board to make a payment to parents instead of transporting students where it's impractical to do so.
How to Defend Fully Funding Special-Needs Transportation
February 23, 2010

Requirements for transporting non-disabled students vary widely by state and may be subject to far-reaching cuts, but requirements for disabled students are governed by IDEA. Still, opportunities exist to boost efficiency and reduce expenses.

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