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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.
47-year school bus driver honored in New York
April 23, 2013
Pat Beesmer, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, is named School Bus Driver of the Year in Ulster County. A mother of three kids who have been passengers on Beesmer's bus says that she is "very tuned in to every child's needs — those who occasionally get bus sick, and those who miss Mom or Dad on their first day of school."
Blue Bird expedites 100 buses for Sandy-damaged fleet
March 7, 2013
Hundreds of school buses in Atlantic Express' New York City fleet were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the storm. The team at Blue Bird worked relentlessly to fill an initial order of 100 Blue Bird Visions within record time for delivery in December, company officials said.
NYC school bus drivers to end strike
February 19, 2013
More than a month after going on strike, members of New York City's biggest school bus driver union will go back to work this week. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday night that union leaders had agreed to end the strike, with full bus service expected to resume on Wednesday.
Labor board finds NYC bus driver strike legal
February 1, 2013
The now two-week-old strike by unionized school bus drivers in New York is found to not violate the National Labor Relations Act. The strike began on Jan. 16, with the union calling for the continuation of job protections that Mayor Michael Bloomberg contends "the city is not legally allowed to provide."
Leonard Bus Sales to open Trans Tech service facility
January 22, 2013
The sales and support facility in Garden City Park, N.Y., is slated to open in the coming weeks, according to company officials, and it will serve Trans Tech Bus customers in the New York City area who are in need of bus service, warranty work and parts.
NYC mayor: School bus strike would jeopardize student safety
January 14, 2013
With the city's biggest school bus driver union set to go on strike Wednesday, education officials put backup measures in place, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharply criticizes the union's plan. The strike, he says, "would necessarily jeopardize the education and safety of the more than 150,000 students who take school buses every single day."
NYAPT concerned about Citizens Budget Commission report
December 19, 2012
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is concerned that the report questions the value of school transportation and challenges the financial and management decisions made by transportation and school administrators. The association proposes changes to state mandates that it believes will save school districts $200 to $250 million.
STA buses aid to Hurricane Sandy recovery
November 28, 2012
Yellow school buses driven by Student Transportation of America drivers rumbled into New York and New Jersey earlier this month bringing relief and welcome supplies, donated by STA coworkers and residents of the communities they serve, to help families recovering from the superstorm.
Bill would require alcohol interlocks on school buses
October 25, 2012
The breath test device links to a vehicle’s ignition system and prevents it from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath. Under the legislation, all school buses manufactured after July 1, 2013, for use in New York state would be required to come equipped with the device.
Leonard Bus Sales launches Fla. operation, adds jobs
October 10, 2012
The school and commercial bus distributor launches LBS South LLC, which will operate as a separate company that supports the market in Florida. In New York, Leonard Bus Sales brings on new employees to the customer support and sales teams.
Atlantic Express’ Domenic Gatto to retire
October 9, 2012
The founder and CEO of school bus contractor Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. will step down from his post on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the industry. Officials say a search for Gatto’s replacement is underway, and once the new CEO is in place, Gatto will serve as a consultant for the company.
Longtime N.Y. contractor Larry Pierce passes
October 5, 2012
Pierce ran school transportation provider Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years. He served as president of both the National School Transportation Association and the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, and he was named SBF's Contractor of the Year in 2008.
School bus driver picks up stranded Israeli journalists
October 4, 2012
An SUV carrying the press corps, in New York for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, runs out of gas in a tunnel. One of the journalists calls the school bus driver who picks them up “our guardian angel driver.”
School bus driver stops pit bull attack
September 27, 2012
Bus driver David Bliss pulls over when he sees two pit bulls attacking a golden retriever, which is being walked by a woman with her grandson. Bliss is bitten while pulling the dogs apart and receives nine stitches.
James Rogan named chair of N.Y. driver training committee
September 27, 2012
The School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee makes recommendations on safety training for drivers, monitors and attendants across New York state. Rogan, director of safety and training at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, says that the group reviews and develops “curriculums aimed at maintaining the highest safety standards.”
NYC Dept. of Education honored for GIS work
September 13, 2012
The department receives a Special Achievement in GIS award at an Esri conference. Alex Robinson, executive director of the department’s Office of Pupil Transportation, tells SBF that in addition to the more than 8,000 school buses on routes daily, "we couldn’t do what we do without amazing mapping technology and GIS experts."

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