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Special-needs school bus driver, attendant, inducted into district ‘Wall of Fame’
October 5, 2015
Driver Mary Ann Alves and attendant Joan Sutton were inducted into the Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) Independent School District Wall of Fame. Both were also honored by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.
Transfinder opens new Texas office
September 24, 2015
The new office, located in Austin, is the company’s first outside of New York state. The new location will be a training and customer service center.
Texas school bus crash kills 2 students
September 15, 2015
The Houston school bus is hit by a motorist, then hits a guardrail, falls off a freeway overpass and lands overturned on the road below. The crash kills two students and injures two others, as well as the bus driver.
Texas district gets $600K grant for propane school buses
September 4, 2015
The funds will offset the incremental costs for 16 propane buses for Fort Worth Independent School District.
Texas district’s school buses get GPS, ID readers
September 3, 2015
At Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, school buses are being equipped with ID card readers to record the time and location of students’ boarding and departure.
Motorist strikes student trying to board school bus
August 25, 2015
A 16-year-old boy in Texas is hospitalized with several injuries after he tries to cross the street and a motorist, ignoring the bus’ red flashing lights and extended stop arm, drives around the bus and hits him.
Express school bus shuttle aims to reduce ride time
July 30, 2015
A Texas district expects its new service to cut travel time for some middle and high school students from about 45-60 minutes to about 20-30 minutes.
Southeastern conference covers driver training, emergency response
July 17, 2015
The event drew more than 130 delegates from 10 states to Arlington, Texas, where they held educational sessions in a convention center flanked by roller coasters and sports stadiums.
4 Texas districts award contracts to Student Transportation Inc.
May 28, 2015
One of the contracts is an initial conversion of 50 buses of a school district's more than 300 school transportation vehicles.
First Student gains Texas contract, honors employees
May 6, 2015
The contractor will provide transportation for the Lewisville Independent School District. Meanwhile, it is honoring its employees’ hard work with celebratory breakfasts and lunches at all its locations.
Maine team wins special-needs competition
May 1, 2015
Taking first in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo were school bus driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff.
Texas district to expand school bus service next year
April 15, 2015
About 2,000 more Spring ISD students will be able to ride the bus, thanks to a decision by the district’s board. The cost for the first year will be $3.6 million.
District tells driver to take Easter decoration off bus
April 1, 2015
Abilene (Texas) Independent School District officials told Penny Downing to remove the Easter wreath she placed on the hood of her bus, citing a potential distraction to other drivers.
School bus drivers brave icy weather to pick up stranded students, staff
March 10, 2015
Inclement weather in the Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas, area stranded 230 Round Rock ISD students, staff and chaperones. Eight district transportation employees hit the road to bring them home.
Video shows school bus driver walking off job
February 17, 2015
Surveillance footage shows a bus driver for Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District in Texas yelling at students, pulling the bus over, deboarding and waiting for a backup driver to arrive. She resigned the day after the incident.
School bus crossing light allowed in 4 more states
February 14, 2015
The Gardian Angel safety lighting system is now allowed for use on school buses in Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas and Alaska.
To lessen shortage, district lets attendants take a test-drive
February 10, 2015
Humble (Texas) Independent School District invited its bus attendants to take part in a ride-and-drive event, allowing them to try driving a school bus in the safety of a large parking lot. Nearly all the attendants who participated have decided to start training to become school bus drivers.
Mechanic-turned-director Brian Weisinger to retire
January 22, 2015
After nearly 40 years in the industry, the Texas pupil transportation stalwart will step down from his district position but will remain active in the industry.
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
Bill would require home-side school bus stops
January 13, 2015
Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on — a requirement that research has shown would be costly — under a bill proposed in Texas.
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