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Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets
September 30, 2014

Greg Lammers, Owatonna Bus Co.’s fleet manager, attributes his success to a dependable software management system and efficient procedures, which keep his total cost of ownership at a minimum.

IC Bus now offering Allison’s FuelSense package
September 17, 2014
The manufacturer’s school buses are now available with FuelSense Basic in the Allison 1000 and 2000 series transmissions paired with either the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine or the MaxxForce DT engine. The company will also offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages beginning in the spring of 2015.
How to Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space, Part 2: Zero with an Asterisk
September 11, 2014

Learn how a paratransit service absorbed 16% more passengers with no added cost. The example can be applied to pupil transportation: Optimizing the spatial and temporal relationships of one’s service area can yield big cost savings.
Second in a series of occasional articles

1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’
September 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”
Allison’s FuelSense Basic offered on Blue Bird buses
August 27, 2014
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
15 Tips to Boost Efficiency
August 7, 2014

From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways to run a more cost-effective operation.

Thomas Built Buses adds FuelSense as standard equipment
July 31, 2014
Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-saving technology will come standard on Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EFX and Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses produced on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
New York transportation director Al Karam switches districts
July 8, 2014
After 14 years at Bethlehem Central School District, Al Karam has moved to a different — and bigger — district. In his new position as director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools, he will oversee a significantly larger fleet and about twice as many employees.
Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
July 1, 2014

In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.

District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive debut risk reduction solution for school buses
June 18, 2014
SecureFleet, developed exclusively for ProSight niche transportation customers, combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets.
Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages
June 12, 2014
All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company officials say. Prices start at less than $20 per month.
Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business
May 30, 2014

Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and business is on the upswing. The company’s total sales have increased about 40% from 2012 to 2014, and its propane school bus sales have multiplied.

Texas district awarded for transportation performance
May 13, 2014
The Council of the Great City Schools honors the Houston Independent School District transportation department for exemplary use of technology, staff development and training, quick and efficient service, and resource stewardship.
Rotary Lift expands facility planning assistance
May 7, 2014
The vehicle lift supplier is increasing digital options in its free assistPRO service to give customers additional options for creating custom shop layouts. The number of shops taking advantage of the program has more than doubled over the past five years as the economy has improved, Rotary Lift officials say.
City approves $2.7M purchase of new school bus fleet
April 24, 2014
The Pittsfield (Mass.) City Council will trade in 52 buses and buy 43 new buses that Pittsfield Public Schools will own and operate. The district has also hired a consultant to do a one-month study of the fleet’s efficiency, which will help the next time it looks into buying a new fleet, and it could help in creating space for students who would pay to ride the buses.
DriveLogik monitors driver performance to improve behavior
April 2, 2014
The new technology, which can be used on school buses, features the Driver Awareness Panel, an in-vehicle display that provides drivers with coaching through visual and audible notifications to drive more efficiently. Company officials say that by helping to improve driving behavior, the product can deliver fuel savings of up to 10%.
Update: District switches to 3-tier transportation
March 26, 2014
The board at Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools approves a plan to adjust bell times from four to three tiers, which will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. However, the board decides against shortening walking distances to the levels at which they had been up until last school year.
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