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Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
N.Y. bills target school bus passing, signage
February 21, 2012
The state Senate passes a trio of school bus bills that backers say will protect child safety and enhance communication. One would impose a 60-day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of stop-arm running two or more times.
EPA awards grant to N.Y. contractor
February 16, 2012
Chestnut Ridge Transportation receives the grant to replace and/or upgrade the school bus fleets it operates for East Ramapo and Ramapo central school districts. The funding is awarded as part of the NSTA's "Go Yellow, Go Green" national campaign, which encourages cleaner operation of school buses.
New state director appointed in N.Y.
February 6, 2012
Mary Faherty Sansaricq succeeds Marion Edick, who recently retired from her post as director of pupil transportation services. Officials say Sansaricq has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator and administrator, during which time she served in the New York State Education Department’s Pupil Transportation Unit and Office of Educational Management Services, among other work.
Longtime N.Y. state director retires
January 5, 2012
Marion Edick stepped down from her post as the state’s director of pupil transportation services on Dec. 30. During Edick’s tenure, physical performance tests for school bus drivers were implemented and several programs were developed through the $400,000 training fund, including master instructor trainings and continuation of the PDS program.
Peter Lawrence completes Professional Development Series
December 1, 2011
The director of transportation from Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District is the first to finish all of the National Association for Pupil Transportation's PDS courses, which cover a wide range of pupil transportation topics. Lawrence discusses the benefits of the program in an interview with SBF.
‘Red light’ game puts N.Y. district officials ill at ease
October 18, 2011
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, speaks with SBF about an incident on a district bus in which a student forces his way from one end of the bus to the other while other students try to physically prevent him from doing so — a game called "red light." Lawrence offers tips for school bus drivers who might experience similar incidents.
MV Transportation purchases N.Y. school bus operator
August 22, 2011
The company buys USA United Fleet Inc., and MV’s student transportation subsidiary, Reliant Transportation Inc., assumes the existing bus fleet and four New York City Department of Education operation and maintenance contracts. The company will begin operation of more than 500 bus routes with about 600 vehicles at the start of school in New York City on Sept. 8.
N.Y. toughens restrictions on bus driver applicants
August 16, 2011
The legislation, signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, adds to the list of convictions that would either permanently disqualify a school bus driver applicant or disqualify the candidate for five years. Crimes for which a conviction would ban a person from becoming a bus driver include aggravated manslaughter in the first or second degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
New York association supports illegal bus passing bill
May 25, 2011
The legislation would allow for prosecution of such violations based on photographic evidence as well as allow for citations to be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, regardless of who was driving it at the time. NYAPT President David Christopher points out that motorists in the state illegally pass school buses "some 50,000 times each day."
New York districts challenge mandated laws, regulations
April 18, 2011
Officials at school systems around the state point to the costliness of the mandates, which include providing busing and other aid to children attending private schools as a benefit to those taxpayers. In response to officials’ complaints, Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened a statewide mandate-relief committee, and the Board of Regents has identified laws it considers outdated.
New York association responds to executive budget proposal
February 22, 2011
New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella expresses concerns about the governor’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget, saying that the measures to reduce the overall costs of school transportation could adversely affect operations, student safety and efficiency. He urges the Legislature to consider cost-saving mandates the association has advanced.
Student Transportation acquires New York bus companies
January 13, 2011
The contractor’s acquisition of Ridge Road Express, along with related companies Grand Tours and Scholastic Transportation Management Services Inc., will add over 320 vehicles, annualized revenues of just over $16 million and six new locations for Student Transportation Inc.
New York to switch to electronic fingerprinting for bus drivers
December 28, 2010
The new system, which will be put into place starting in February, will reduce the time it takes to run a background check on newly hired school bus drivers from three months to a few days. Electronic fingerprinting will also improve the accuracy of background checks.
Veteran New York director moves to new district
December 9, 2010
Michael Dallessandro, who began his school transportation career in 1988, is appointed transportation director of Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District. He discusses the new role with SBF.
New York association announces contest winners
September 20, 2010
Designs for NYAPT's bumper sticker contest, which is in its third year, must include the words "STOP 4 THE BUS" and depict the requirement for motorists to stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. This year's contest drew more than 200 entries from elementary students across the state.
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