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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.
Laser cutters boost quality, efficiency at Thomas Built
January 18, 2012
The new equipment allows the school bus manufacturer to eliminate five other machines, reorganize work flow and reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Transfinder achieves 13.5% revenue growth in 2011
January 17, 2012
The school transportation management solutions provider reports that along with the double-digit revenue growth, it added 169 new clients and increased staff to 60 last year.
Fla. district targets efficiency, saves $6.5M
January 3, 2012
Orange County Public Schools takes numerous steps to make its transportation operation more efficient, from consolidating routes and stops to reducing the number of surplus buses. Senior Director of Transportation Jim Beekman discusses the changes with SBF.
Driver training aims to boost fuel economy
December 21, 2011
Officials with EcoCargo Training say their approach teaches drivers how to cut their fuel costs without increasing drive time. The method has reportedly been taught for more than a decade in Europe and South America, and now school and transit bus drivers in the U.S. are taking part in a pilot program.
Riteway taps solar power to charge buses
October 18, 2011
The contractor, which won NSTA's Go Yellow, Go Green award this summer, has taken a multifaceted approach to protecting the environment. The most innovative element is a solar station that supplies power for plug-in hybrid school buses.
Ore. district enhances service, cuts crashes by 25%
September 29, 2011
Over the past year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools significantly reduced its accident rate, improved processing time for special-needs passengers and developed new bell times. Transportation department members also received some key honors from the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.

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