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Iowa study probes stop-arm safety measures
January 4, 2013
The report, required by last year's "Kadyn's Law," analyzes ways to potentially reduce illegal passing of school buses, including stop-arm cameras. Researchers find that home-side loading should be encouraged as a best practice but not required.
Blue Bird dealer revamps training, pushes alt-fuels
November 27, 2012

Now in its 37th year of business, Central States Bus Sales recently strengthened efforts to focus on the school bus manufacturer’s green technologies and provide comprehensive instruction for customers in the process.

Co-ops yield cost savings, boost efficiency for districts
October 29, 2012

Officials from transportation cooperatives around the country also say that they can lead to consistency in employee training and hiring, and managing and scheduling bus routes for districts. Officials discuss factors to consider when forming a cooperative, as well as potential challenges and ways to resolve them.

David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 21, 2012
The director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also taken steps to help other districts become more efficient, serving as chair of the Metro Area Transportation Efficiency Study, a program that uses metrics to allow districts to compare themselves to others of a similar size and to find efficiencies.
Florida’s Mike Connors retires
October 11, 2012
The longtime director of transportation at Brevard Public Schools reflects on his career and tells SBF that he is grateful for the recognition he and his staff have received from the publication. Assistant Director of Transportation Arby Creach discusses Connors’ impact on the operation and what lies ahead for the staff.
Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
Ore. district revises bell times, cuts road calls
September 25, 2012
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools transportation department has adjusted all school bell times, which director Michael Shields says reduced the number of routes without causing problems or service interruptions. In other news, road calls were reduced for all vehicles by 38.4% compared to the previous year.
State directors: Why we do it this way
September 25, 2012

State pupil transportation directors discuss their states’ school bus specs and procedures that stand out, from fluorescent driver seat belts to buffer zones at the back of the bus.

Minn. district targets efficiency, saves $500K per year
September 20, 2012
Three years ago, the Anoka-Hennepin School District increased walking distances from homes to bus stops for all grade levels, which has enabled the district to reduce the number of buses it uses by 10 and to achieve a $500,000 annual savings. Transportation Director Keith Paulson discusses these and other efforts to increase efficiency.
GreenRoad to integrate fleet tracking, driver management
September 12, 2012
The company partners with GPS Insight to offer GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, which officials say will be available by the end of this year. Officials also say that with the combination of driver performance management and fleet tracking in one product, fleet operators will be able to create efficient fleets and maximize driver productivity.
IC Bus Tulsa plant rewarded for energy efficiency
August 24, 2012
The school bus manufacturer receives an incentive payment for nearly $150,000 for retrofitting its Tulsa plant with high-efficiency lighting. Officials estimate that the new lighting at the IC Bus plant will save more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
Districts join forces, cut costs
August 23, 2012

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District in Cincinnati share their transportation services, including buses, routes and fueling stations. In sharing special-education service alone, the operations have each saved about $25,000.

District revamps transportation for increased efficiency
August 21, 2012
Arlington (Va.) Public Schools implements routing software, establishes a call center to assist families, and plans to assign students to specific routes and bus stops. Bus passes will also be issued for the upcoming school year.
Boston district implements major transportation changes
May 24, 2012
Boston Public Schools aims to increase on-time performance and improve communication with students' families within its transportation department by routing months in advance and reviewing bus loading and unloading procedures. Staff members have also undergone customer service training.
App aims to streamline bus inspections
April 10, 2012
Indiana troopers have been using paper forms with a checklist during school bus inspections, then manually entering the info into a database — which officials said is cumbersome. A university computer class came up with an idea for an online application that digitizes the process with the use of tablet devices.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads
February 29, 2012
Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Fleet management visionary Charles Arsenault retires
February 1, 2012
As the founder of maintenance software supplier Arsenault Associates steps down, Jack Boetefuer is named CEO. Arsenault launched the company to serve the fleet maintenance sector in 1979.
New NAPT project targets service assessment
January 23, 2012
The association takes aim at the “next big thing” in pupil transportation as work groups develop key performance indicators and other aspects of the metrics project. President Alexandra Robinson says that the goal is to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.

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