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7 districts win grants from NAPT, Zonar
November 14, 2013
School districts from New Jersey to California have been selected to receive grants for school bus security, safety and efficiency equipment from Zonar. The districts were recognized at the recent NAPT Summit.
Wyoming district gets iPads for school buses
October 31, 2013
At Sheridan County School District #1, 20 iPads have been assigned to 20 vehicles, which allows the transportation staff to ensure that any bus driver has access to the technology that is available through the device, including road and travel reports, weather conditions, health information about students and students’ addresses. Transportation Director Lori Thornburg discusses with SBF how the iPads are helping to increase safety and efficiency.
Tyler Technologies unveils cloud-based management tool
October 29, 2013
Traversa is a suite of transportation applications in one system. Providing a touch-screen interface, it gives users a total view of their operations and allows them to make real-time adjustments to bus routing, trip and activity management, work orders and fleet maintenance.
200 more students to get bus service in Hawaii
October 28, 2013
Beginning in November, the State Department of Education's "Get on Board" pilot program will provide school transportation to about 200 more students. The first phase of the initiative restored service to about 350 students at the beginning of the school year.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 20, 2013
At Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., Director of Transportation Alfred Karam 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 by tracking key performance indicators such as planned versus actual ridership, they have been able to consolidate their routes from 111 to 86.
Thermo King unveils HVAC solutions at NAPT
October 18, 2013
The supplier is showcasing its StudentAIRE line, which is designed to be compact and affordable for school bus operators, manufacturers and dealers. The line, which will be featured at the Thermo King booth during the trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday, includes a high performance air-conditioning system requiring minimal space; a bulkhead evaporator for small to mid-size school bus applications; and two split air-conditioning systems.
Florida district cuts diesel use by 151K gallons in a year
October 14, 2013
Orange County Public Schools' combined initiative of anti-idling, biodiesel and fuel-efficient buses resulted in an overall reduction of 151,788 gallons of diesel fuel this past year. The economic benefit was a cost avoidance of $538,847 in fuel costs to the district, and the environmental benefit was a reduction of 1,503 metric tons of carbon matter output.
Oregon district adds riders but decreases route buses
October 10, 2013
Last school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added two schools and changed bell times. The district's routing team was able to increase efficiency and reduce the number of large buses by 1% and small buses by 2% compared to the previous year.
Great City Schools event to convene transportation directors
October 8, 2013
The Council of the Great City Schools will bring together directors of transportation from large school districts in conjunction with its 2014 conference of chief operating officers in April. The meeting's theme is "Managing for Results."
District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
Apps, web tools help directors organize data, manage staff
October 3, 2013

Directors deal with packed schedules and the need to frequently be offsite. The latest apps and web tools provide the ability to manage attendance, access up-to-date fleet information, and more quickly share vital information with staff in emergencies even when they are not sitting behind their desks.

Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
Track time to save time
September 10, 2013

JobClock Hornet from ExakTime is a wireless time clock that tracks employees’ hours, location and job activities. Digital time records are automatically sent to payroll offices, helping to increase efficiency and save money by reducing the potential for inaccuracy on paper timecards.

North Carolina district expects big savings with GPS system
August 28, 2013
Pitt County Schools recently deployed GPS kits from Synovia Solutions to help parents keep tabs on their children and increase efficiency. A district-wide study found that changes like reduced idling and mileage and improved driver payroll management could save nearly $194,000 per year.
North Carolina district makes changes for smoother bus service
August 22, 2013
The Wake County Public School System has hired more bus drivers, developed more realistic bus routes and improved how parents can access information about transportation in an effort to prevent the problems that occurred at the beginning of the last school year. Last school year, there were complaints about buses arriving very late or not at all.
District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall
July 29, 2013
Among the changes to take effect on Aug. 26 at Maryland's Harford County Public Schools are four new elementary schools being added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions to the district’s transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school students, and consolidated bus stops established for middle and high school bus routes. Officials say the changes will save the district approximately $890,000.
Tyler Technologies unveils time tracking app
July 22, 2013
The Tyler eTimekeeper provides employees and supervisors an efficient and accurate method of tracking hours worked, according to the company. Supervisors can also access various management functions from the eTimekeeper dashboard to facilitate personnel management, configuration and data reporting.
Hawaii to launch initiative to reform school bus system
July 19, 2013
The state Department of Education is scheduled to kick off its “Get on Board” initiative on Aug. 5, serving as many as 1,000 students at 30 schools who use buses in the Aiea, Moanalua, Pearl City, Radford and Waipahu High complex areas. Officials say one of the more significant features of the initiative is the use of a technology solution that includes routing software, GPS, and an updated and contemporary contracting and procurement process.
New Hawaii measures target rising school busing costs
July 11, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs two bills that are expected to help the state more efficiently manage its student transportation system. Under one of the measures, the Hawaii Department of Education will not need to require school bus contractors to certify that they pay the same wages as public officers and employees.
EDULOG and Alpha Communications grow business, teams
July 10, 2013
The routing software provider and the installation company are business partners, and officials say both companies have hired more employees in recent months to handle the increased demand for their services. EDULOG has been steadily hiring since April, and Alpha Communications is increasing the size of its hardware installation team by 38% this summer.

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