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Pennsylvania district launches 23 CNG buses
December 18, 2014
Rose Tree Media School District hits the road with 15 new buses and eight retrofitted buses running on compressed natural gas. Superintendent James Wigo discusses the district's efforts to convert its fleet.
Student fatally struck while trying to board bus
December 17, 2014
A 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was crossing an intersection in an attempt to board her school bus when she was struck by a car that allegedly ran the bus’ stop arm, police say. She was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
School bus veteran, alt-fuel advocate Jerry Rineer to retire
December 12, 2014
Rineer, who has more than 40 years of experience in school transportation, has become a “go-to guy” for colleagues across the country who are interested in alternative fuels.
2 school districts among winners of Green Fleet Award
November 4, 2014
Houston Independent School District in Texas and Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania are honored for use of alternative fuels and other green initiatives.
2 women questioned in school bus road rage incident
October 21, 2014
Students on a school bus in Philadelphia were arguing with five women in an SUV when the SUV driver cut off the bus, two women got out and one struck the vehicle with a baseball bat.
STA adds 18 propane buses to service Pennsylvania districts
August 27, 2014
The NexBus units, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA, are expected to run 15,000 miles annually. The buses are being delivered to Hempfield School District and East Penn School District.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. wins women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The school bus contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
Pennsylvania district's bus drivers vote to remove union
July 10, 2014
After petitioning the National Labor Relations Board and getting free legal assistance, the school bus drivers are allowed to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether to keep Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as their bargaining representative. Nearly 90% of the drivers casting ballots vote to remove the union.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Bill targets training, immunity for bus drivers who use EpiPen
June 10, 2014
The Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Drivers would have to first complete a training program to be qualified to use the EpiPen.
District runs first ad inside school bus
May 27, 2014
Allentown, Pa.-based Parkland School District debuted its first ad for a local Allstate agent. The ad, which discourages texting while driving, will run through October.
Durham takes over Atlantic Express' Philadelphia operations
April 1, 2014
Durham will operate student transportation services for the School District of Philadelphia, which adds 364 buses, 320 routes and more than 500 employees to the company’s existing operations. To welcome the newly hired team members, Durham held an employee kickoff event, which included a barbecue lunch and distribution of new safety vests.
Driver arrested after allegedly ordering students off bus
March 26, 2014
Wesner Laventure is arraigned on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. Police are notified of the situation by the mother of one of the students, who was told by other children that Laventure had forced a number of passengers off the bus at different locations, including busy highways.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Conference to provide insight on travel instruction
February 28, 2014
The Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction will host “Working Together: Building Bridges Towards Independence” April 4 and 5 in Pittsburgh. Sessions will focus on such topics as how to provide travel-related skills within a student’s curriculum to prepare him or her for life after high school, as well as answers to basic questions when considering establishing a travel instruction program.
Audio recordings allowed on Pennsylvania school buses
February 5, 2014
Under the recently approved legislation, school boards that want to use audio recordings on school buses or school vehicles for disciplinary or security purposes have to adopt a policy that authorizes their use, and school boards also have to send parents written notices at the beginning of each school year about audio bus recordings. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association says the legislation “will be a step closer towards a safer school bus environment."
District must bus student to both parents’ homes
January 10, 2014
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania rules that a school district in Lancaster must provide the service to the student from both of his divorced parents’ homes, upholding an older ruling by a county judge who found that the district was violating the state Public School Code by refusing to provide such service. The Commonwealth Court judge notes that the school bus that serves the neighborhood has empty seats and could accommodate the boy without adding another stop along its route.
Krapf names chief operating officer of school bus division
January 9, 2014
Jim Folkes joined Krapf Bus Companies in 2010 and most recently served as vice president of Krapf School Bus. Krapf Bus Companies has also promoted Shawn McGlinchey to vice president of risk management. He previously served as director of risk management.
Pennsylvania House approves audio recordings bill
December 19, 2013
The legislation would permit the use of the recordings on school buses, but school boards would have to vote on policies outlining the audiotaping rules, and parents would have to be notified. The bill had been approved by the state Senate in June, and it has since been amended to also allow police to use audio-equipped cameras anywhere except in a residence without prior court approval.
Pennsylvania bill would allow for stop-arm cameras on buses
September 26, 2013
School districts and bus companies would be permitted to equip their buses with the technology to capture illegal bus passers under House Bill 1580. Rep. Seth Grove, who introduced the legislation, says utilizing the cameras “can provide increased accountability of drivers and remove the burden from school bus drivers to bear witness to all facets of the violations when their primary goal is to ensure the safe transportation of the children in their charge.”
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