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$5M restored for school transportation in Massachusetts
June 22, 2015
The appropriation covers some of the $18 million that was cut from regional school transportation funding last year by the previous governor.
School buses play a key position in athletics
June 1, 2015

With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school. On April 20, I ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time. ...

Boston Public Schools buys 86 propane buses
May 27, 2015
The district’s new Blue Bird propane school buses have a shorter 169-inch wheelbase and a 50-gallon tank to accommodate shorter runs.
Bus driver, student honored for thwarting allergy attack
March 19, 2015
An Agawam (Mass.) High School bus driver and student were named “Hometown Heroes” by the Western Massachusetts Red Cross. They helped a student who was having an allergy attack, injecting her with an EpiPen and calling for an ambulance.
The case for audio monitoring on school buses
March 10, 2015
Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.
Parking ordinance proposed by school bus driver sparks debate
December 2, 2014
Attleboro, Massachusetts, city councilor and school bus driver Heather Porreca proposed the ordinance on behalf of her colleagues to allow school bus drivers to park their buses at their homes between shifts. Opponents say it would give one group special privilege and that buses don’t belong in residential areas.
School bus driver assaulted during standoff with parents
September 9, 2014
The driver in Worchester, Massachusetts, tried to get kindergartners off the bus first, police said, and parents insisted that the driver release all the students immediately. When she refused, parents started to enter the school bus, broke the door, and a 16-year-old girl punched the driver in the face.
District scrambles to staff bus routes after driver no-shows
August 26, 2014
About a dozen Boston Public Schools bus routes were unstaffed Monday morning, leaving 400 students stranded. The bus contractor dispatched supervisors to drive buses Tuesday morning, “due to a continued shortage of union drivers willing to work,” but was able to cover all routes. The no-shows are related to a labor dispute that led to a strike last October.
School bus funding increased by 36% in Massachusetts
August 21, 2014
The fiscal year 2015 budget signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last month includes an $18.7 million increase for regional school transportation. Administration officials said that the new total of $70 million is the highest-ever level of state investment in school bus service.
District to add security cameras, microphones to buses
July 24, 2014
Boston Public Schools is equipping its 750 school buses with cameras and microphones to help school officials to more thoroughly investigate reports of bullying, other disciplinary issues and traffic accidents. Although students generally behave well on the buses, drivers wrote up about 5,600 incident reports documenting misconduct during the past school year, and officials hope the presence of the cameras will deter bad behavior.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation marks 25 years
June 6, 2014
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
Residents in Massachusetts town approve seat belts for buses
May 7, 2014
Residents in Marshfield pass an article that requires all school buses used by the local school district for regular routes, sporting events and field trips to be equipped with three-point seat belts, starting in 2016. Resident Stephen Lynch, who brought forth the article, says that students will not be required to wear the belts, but they would “have the choice to be protected.”
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.
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
Boston district votes to expand transit bus pass program
March 27, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ school committee approves Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year, which included a proposal to expand the district’s mass transit bus pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students and eliminate yellow bus service for these students. The move is reportedly met by opposition from some, including the Boston City Council, which believes the proposal requires more evaluation.
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