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David Duke named Contractor of the Year
August 22, 2013

The CEO of National Express Corp. refocuses the company on its core values and oversees an acquisition that increases the fleet to more than 20,000 school buses. He aims to provide opportunities for employees to grow while attracting new people to the business, and he remains active in industry associations.   

NSTA creates safety education scholarship
August 6, 2013
The contractor association will award scholarships of up to $1,000 for educational (post-secondary education) or continuing education (training programs) purposes to participants of the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition or children of the competitors.
NSTA supports NTSB recommendations on occupant protection
July 26, 2013
The school bus contractors group says that its 2007 Statement on Occupant Protection aligns with the National Transportation Safety Board’s new recommendations, which follow the agency’s investigations of last year’s fatal school bus accidents in Chesterfield, N.J., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Past champs take top titles again in bus safety competition
July 25, 2013
At the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania places first in the conventional category — his ninth win. Antonio Perez of California wins the transit category for the second year in a row.
Tim Flood named president of NSTA
July 25, 2013
In the role, Flood says that he plans to focus on addressing the growing safety and security challenges facing the industry and on increasing awareness of outsourcing school transportation as a safe and cost-effective solution.
NSTA honors contractors for service excellence
July 25, 2013
Members convene in Tulsa, Okla., this week for the association’s 49th Annual Meeting and Convention, and they are honored during an awards ceremony in such areas as environmentally friendly efforts, and safe and longtime service.
David Duke named Contractor of the Year
July 24, 2013
The CEO of National Express Corp. has overseen the company as it has achieved significant growth and safety accomplishments. He has also remained active in industry associations, serving on the National School Transportation Association board of directors for the last five years.
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Anthony Foxx confirmed as U.S. transportation chief
June 27, 2013
The Charlotte, N.C., mayor draws bipartisan support as the Senate votes unanimously to confirm him as the nation's next secretary of transportation. He succeeds Ray LaHood.
Senator to speak at NSTA meeting
June 17, 2013
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will provide a keynote address at the school bus contracting group's 49th Annual Meeting & Convention in Tulsa. Association officials say that Inhofe is a strong supporter of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.
School bus contractors to meet with legislators in D.C.
April 22, 2013
NSTA's Spring Bus-In will include congressional meetings, association committee meetings and the 10th anniversary celebration of the national Clean School Bus Program. NSTA Executive Director Ronna Sable Weber calls the event "critical to our success."
New Jersey school bus contracting veteran passes
April 3, 2013
Sandra "Sandy" Monteferrario passed away on March 29 after battling cancer. In 1967, she began working at Bergen-Passaic Transport Service and continued her career there for 35 years before retiring.
Another transit agency ordered to halt school bus routes
March 12, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directs a Michigan agency to halt several routes that were introduced in 2010 to transport about 300 students. The ruling comes a month after the FTA issued a similar order to a South Dakota transit agency.
FMCSA names Gary Catapano to advisory committee
March 4, 2013
Catapano, the senior vice president of safety for First Student, is also involved in National School Transportation Association (NSTA) committees. Now, as a member of FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, Catapano says he will "help the agency with the regulations that affect NSTA’s members."
South Dakota transit agency ordered to stop school bus routes
February 21, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues the order to Yankton Transit of Lake Andes earlier this month in response to a complaint that the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) filed in 2011, finding that the agency’s school bus routes are not open to or meant to serve the general public. NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal says “we are glad to see violations such as this recognized and enforced by FTA.”
LaHood to step down as transportation secretary
January 29, 2013
Ray LaHood announces on Tuesday to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that he will not serve a second term, but he says he will stay on until his successor is confirmed. LaHood showed support for the pupil transportation industry during his term, calling for funding of a program to promote the benefits of yellow buses, attending industry events and taking on such issues as distracted driving.
Zonar awards $50K grants to school bus companies
January 24, 2013
Don Carnahan, vice president of business development for Zonar, presents the grants to five contractors at the National School Transportation Association’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting. The money can be used to outfit school buses with the hardware parts needed to utilize Zonar technology.
Markus Videnieks joins ASBC team
November 29, 2012
Videnieks will coordinate the execution of American School Bus Council priorities and lead various outreach efforts. He was previously a vice president at a large Washington, D.C., government relations firm, focusing on transportation issues and the legislative agendas of nonprofit hospitals and universities.
NSTA names new communications, marketing manager
October 31, 2012
Megan Benfatti joins the school bus contractors group after having established her own business and having led marketing campaigns and special events. She will work in government relations on behalf of NSTA and will be responsible for all internal and external communications.
Nonprofit aims to help veterans find yellow busing jobs
October 30, 2012
The Warriors in the Workplace organization debuted at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit last week, informing attendees of its initiative to help U.S. military members get back to work in the civilian sector — specifically the pupil transportation industry. President and Executive Director John Birmingham tells SBF that veterans can look for available jobs on the organization’s website.

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