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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.
DOE: School bus plan could save $500K by end of year
March 20, 2014
A Hawaii Department of Education official says that the anticipated savings from Oahu’s school bus reform initiative, which is part of a statewide plan to overhaul the transportation program, is $100,000 more than what officials originally expected by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, the department is expanding service in the pilot area, which includes about 30 schools, while decreasing the number of buses in the fleet.
New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation
March 17, 2014
Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.
Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity
March 11, 2014

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.

First Student saves 3.2M gallons of fuel with DriveSmart
March 6, 2014
In a blog post on Tuesday, the company discusses this and other benefits of the initiative, which is designed to cut down carbon emissions while simultaneously improving safety. “Smart” stands for: Safe driving, Managing speeds, Avoiding rapid acceleration and hard braking, Reducing idling, and Talking to maintenance.
District may switch to 3 tiers, shorten walking distances
March 5, 2014
In an effort to prevent late buses and enhance transportation service, Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools is proposing to change from a four-tier bell time schedule to three tiers. Another change under consideration would be to reduce walking distances from 1.5 miles to 1 mile for middle school students and from 2 to 1.5 miles for high school students.
How to cut costs by mastering time and space, part 1
February 28, 2014

Manipulating time and space to optimize system design sets a foundation for efficiency in special-education transportation. Here is an introduction to the concept — and three examples in which its application could have saved countless dollars.

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.

Seattle district approves busing cuts, arrival time changes
February 10, 2014
Seattle Public Schools’ board members sign off on a transportation plan for 2014-15 that includes shifting bus arrival times back by about 10 minutes (a previous proposal called for adding 10 minutes to the start time of middle and high schools). Also, board members approve ending transportation service to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area, among other measures.
Cooperative helps districts save money, time
February 6, 2014

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

New bus depot to save district $400K in fuel, driver pay
February 3, 2014
Sarasota County Schools builds the depot in North Port, Fla., which the transportation director says reduces the number of empty miles the drivers had been traveling from the old depot to their first and last pickups of the day. Pickup times and routes aren’t expected to change.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.
Georgia districts to share buses for field trips
January 23, 2014
Under the agreement, students from Cobb County School District could be transported to and from events with Marietta City Schools students and vice versa, with each district paying the other up front for the use of their buses. The transportation director for Marietta says that when the districts have shared services in the past, it has saved $100 to $500 depending on the trip.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K hardware grants
January 21, 2014
At the National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Zonar’s Don Carnahan presents hardware grants to school bus contractors Cook-Illinois Corp.; Sunrise Transportation Inc.; and Acme Bus Corp., Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 21, 2014

The director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and tracking key performance indicators has increased efficiency.

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