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Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Dad upset about school bus overcrowding arrested
September 3, 2014
Carlos Davis allegedly blocks a Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools bus driver from closing the door so she couldn’t finish her route, tying up traffic for 45 minutes, and is charged with disrupting public schools operation. He confronts the driver because some students have to sit on the floor.
Georgia district, American Traffic Solutions combat illegal bus passing
August 7, 2014
City Schools of Decatur will deploy CrossingGuard, which is equipped with external cameras that capture an image of a violating vehicle's license plate and a video clip of the event. The schools, police department and supplier have also released a video public service announcement to help educate the community about the student safety initiative.
36 Georgia districts awarded for cutting bus emissions
July 24, 2014
The districts were honored at the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s 50th Annual Conference & Trade Show last month with the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Awards. Three districts were recognized for reducing emissions in 75% or more of their school bus fleet.
Georgia pupil transportation group gathers for 50th conference
June 12, 2014
A record number of school bus professionals are expected to attend the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation's June 16-19 event on Jekyll Island, Ga. The milestone conference will offer more than 100 hours of professional learning across five tracks of study.
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.

Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Driver saves family from potential house fire
March 18, 2014
Georgia bus driver Brandi Holcomb notices a spark coming from a house and begins yelling and honking her horn to alert the people inside. Randy Roberts wakes up when he hears Holcomb, goes outside, and is able to disconnect the wire that is causing the spark.
Special-needs bus drivers rewarded for perfect attendance
February 28, 2014
The drivers for Henry (Ga.) County Schools with exemplary attendance are entered into a drawing, and they are awarded new school buses that will be delivered before the end of the school year. The buses were purchased through the state of Georgia’s “Bonds for Buses” program.
Snowstorm leaves students stranded overnight
January 30, 2014
Thousands of students in the Atlanta area spent Tuesday night at school or, in some cases, even on buses because of a winter storm that froze up traffic. The National Guard came to the aid of some 95 stranded school buses, delivering food and water to the students and getting the buses moving. "We had cleared them all by [Wednesday] morning, and that was a big task," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says.
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.
Georgia’s Paulding County Schools combats illegal bus passing
September 30, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions to equip its buses with the company’s CrossingGuard system, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus. When the stop arm is deployed, the camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle‘s license plate.
Georgia’s Clayton County Schools deploys stop-arm cameras
September 25, 2013
The school district partners with American Traffic Solutions, equipping buses in its fleet with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution. The system mounts cameras and sensors on the side of a school bus, and when the stop arm is deployed, the sensors automatically detect a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction.
Georgia sees drop in stop-arm violations
August 19, 2013
In this year's one-day survey, 6,807 vehicles illegally passed stopped school buses in Georgia. That's down from 8,102 in 2011. Still, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge calls the numbers "very alarming" and urges the public to make student safety a priority.
Georgia district cracks down on stop-arm running
August 7, 2013
Marietta City Schools has partnered with American Traffic Solutions to outfit 10 more of its buses with the CrossingGuard school bus arm safety solution, bringing the total number of buses to 12. When the bus’ stop arm is deployed, the system’s camera automatically detects a vehicle illegally passing the stop arm in either direction and captures video of the violation and still images of a vehicle’s license plate.
Georgia district partners with Redflex, Blue Bird to curb stop-arm running
July 31, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to install the Redflex Student Guardian camera system, which is available from Blue Bird dealers like Blue Bird Parts and Service, on 100 school buses by Labor Day and then more later in the school year. The system monitors traffic in both directions, and evidence of potential violations, including video and photos, is submitted to local law enforcement to determine whether a citation is warranted.
Georgia drivers participate in safety competition with propane buses
June 7, 2013
More than 60 drivers from around the state competed in the roadeo hosted by Georgia’s Pupil Transportation Safety Competition Foundation, where they navigated obstacle courses and challenges and completed a written examination. Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses were provided by Hall County Schools and Appling County Schools.
Georgia system hires new transportation director
June 6, 2013
Brad Frink begins work as the new transportation director at Morgan County School System on July 1. He previously worked for the University of Georgia as a facility manager, maintenance supervisor and vehicle operator.
Ad firm owner: Bus ads are safe, beneficial for districts
May 16, 2013
Todd Isaacs of District Solutions says that school bus advertising can help cash-strapped districts raise revenue, and he points to the ads' record on the road. The approximately $15,000 that one district has raised so far is being put toward transportation for homeless students to after-school programs.
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