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Automotive Lift Institute names new board member
December 20, 2013
The institute's board of directors, historically composed solely of lift manufacturers, will include a representative from the lift inspection side of the business for the first time in 2014: Evan Calarco of Total Tool Ltd.
Atlantic Express to shut down at year’s end
December 5, 2013
After its unionized drivers voted down a new contract offer, the nearly 50-year-old school bus operator says it will close the business. “We gave the union our best offer, which was significantly better than what the new companies in the industry are providing,” Atlantic Express officials say in a statement. “Without this labor contract, we have no choice left but to proceed with the sale of all of the company’s assets and contracts.”
Dell Transportation equips buses with Rosco event recorders
November 25, 2013
The Port Washington, N.Y., operator now has Rosco’s Dual-Vision recorders on its entire school bus fleet. Bob Pape, principal of transportation at Dell, says that the devices have led to lower insurance premiums and have enhanced safety for both the children and the drivers.
NYC: New school bus contracts to save $210 million
November 12, 2013
The New York City mayor and education chancellor report that the school busing contracts that were opened up for public bid last spring and awarded in May will save the city an estimated $210 million over the next five years. The savings is in addition to the $100 million saved from bids awarded last winter and the $95 million saved from pre-K contracts that were publicly bid in 2011.
Atlantic Express files for bankruptcy
November 5, 2013
The school bus contractor cites a union battle, bidding issues and challenging earnings as key factors. The company will continue normal operations during the Chapter 11 process.
Bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge
October 31, 2013
Darnell Barton, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus operator, was taking 20 students home from school when he spotted the woman perched outside the guardrail over an expressway and coaxed her away from danger. After Barton gave a statement to the police, he continued driving his route.
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.
Review of accidents finds school buses safe
September 25, 2013
The Democrat and Chronicle reviews three years’ worth of data from the New York Department of Education on school bus crashes and injury accidents, finding that the greatest danger to students comes from other motorists. For example, in 51 of the local crashes, or 30%, buses were rear-ended, most often by a motorist who failed to notice the school bus stopped in the roadway for students to disembark, or at the railroad crossing in front of them.
Report examines school district mergers
September 17, 2013
Smaller, financially strapped school districts that can offer greater educational opportunities together are the best candidates for mergers, according to new research by the New York State School Boards Association. But mergers can also present drawbacks, the report says, such as longer bus rides.
NYAPT denounces bus driver’s DWI
September 9, 2013
The driver was reportedly having difficulty navigating a barrier at a gas station after dropping off students at their school, and police administered a sobriety test prior to charging the driver with driving while intoxicated. Richard Gallagher, president of the New York association, says, “… we see in this instance that the actions of one school bus driver spoil our record of safety for the more than 2.3 million children who ride yellow school buses to and from school each day."
Suffolk Transportation unveils $6 million school bus hub
August 28, 2013
Officials say that once it’s finished, the seven-acre hub in Brookhaven, N.Y., will help to generate 150 new jobs at the site. In addition to the new 20,000-square foot maintenance, dispatching and training facility, there is a new fueling station, and the company will demolish an outdated structure on the site to make room for more vehicles.
Veteran director takes on transportation for 2 districts
August 27, 2013
Neighboring New York school districts Livonia and Geneseo recently signed an agreement to have Michael Dallessandro at the helm of both of their transportation operations. Here, the veteran director discusses the logistics and goals for his new role.
New York districts to share bus services
August 1, 2013
Watkins Glen Central School District will provide transportation for Odessa-Montour Central School District students in the fall, which is expected to save the latter district about $100,000. The Watkins Glen district will also benefit from the agreement, as travel for sports teams will be combined when possible.
School bus crossing visual catching on in other states
July 8, 2013
The Steffi Crossing Enhancer, invented by longtime New York school bus driver Victoria DeCarlo, can help students see the driver's hand signal when crossing the street. DeCarlo tells SBF that "thousands" of Steffis are now in use across the nation.
New York bus company improves service with TomTom solution
June 26, 2013
Selby Transportation serves public and private schools in New York City with school vans, and the company recently installed TomTom Business GPS units and signed up for the WEBFLEET management solution. Officials say runs have been consolidated by 15%, a 10% savings on fuel costs has been achieved, and the team has better visibility into vehicles’ locations and routes.
School bus driver inspires struggling student to graduate
June 24, 2013
High schooler Destynee Duncan was ready to quit during state testing. School bus driver Ken Boisvert told Duncan about his own difficulties as a student and encouraged her to stick with it. She went on to graduate — and invited her driver to attend the ceremony.
School removes buses’ animal signs following complaint
June 3, 2013
The signs had drawings of elephants, monkeys and other animals, and they were used to help students identify their buses, but Sandra Conner said that the signs had a “negative reinforcement,” and she confronted the school about them. The buses will now receive a number for identification purposes.
Trans Tech promotes employee to purchasing manager
May 14, 2013
Monique Cichon will be responsible for all materials procurement, inventory and vendor relationships. She has been with Trans Tech for more than five years, all of them in purchasing.
New York associations respond to alcohol interlocks bill
May 2, 2013
The bill, which was drafted last fall, would require the devices to be installed in school buses in New York state as a way to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel of the bus. New York School Bus Contractors Association board member Paul Mori and New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella provide testimony during a Senate hearing on Thursday, expressing concerns about the legislation and offering potential alternatives.
New York bus drivers gear up for safety competition
April 24, 2013
Drivers from around the state will participate in the 42nd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, which is scheduled to be held in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on May 18. Officials say the 125 participants will take a written exam and then test their skills on a road course.

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