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Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
Pupil transporter, alt-fuel advocate Mike McClung passes
March 14, 2013
McClung, who served in the transportation department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000, passed away on March 9 at the age of 65. McClung was a longtime supporter of using alternative fuels to power school buses, and he was instrumental in converting the district’s fleet from diesel to propane.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Toddler struck, killed by school bus in Texas
January 23, 2013
The 15-month-old girl gets out of the front yard of her home and runs in front of the bus. The driver reportedly does not see the girl, and the bus knocks her down — then she is run over by the back wheels of the bus.
Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses
January 23, 2013
Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.
Bus crashes into motel swimming pool
January 22, 2013
Officials for a Texas school district say that the bus was on its way to a school when it swerved off an access road, hit a utility pole and landed on top of one end of the pool. No children were on the bus, and the driver only sustained cuts and bruises.
Man tries to drive off in loaded school bus
January 3, 2013
Police in Palestine, Texas, say the 30-year-old man may have been involved in an altercation before he boarded a school bus and attempted to drive away. After struggling with the man, the bus driver and two bystanders were able to pull him from the bus and hold him on the ground until police arrived.
Border Patrol to step up bus inspections after pot found
December 13, 2012
A school bus driver and athletic coach discover 500 pounds of marijuana on a bus in Marfa, Texas. Officials for the U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend sector say they will now have canine units check three sides of school buses instead of just the downwind side when they’re stopped at checkpoints.
Suspects identified in bus vandalism case
November 20, 2012
Authorities in Gonzales, Texas, arrest 17-year-old Layne Navarro and detain two other minors in connection with the incident, which occurred earlier this month. The 14 Gonzales Independent School District buses were broken into, and the onboard fire extinguishers were discharged.
District to reinstate free bus service
November 13, 2012
Regular-education students who live more than two miles from their home campus will be eligible for the service under a “blended transportation model” that the Keller (Texas) Independent School District’s board of trustees approves. The model will be implemented on Jan. 23, and students within the two-mile range will continue to have the option to purchase bus service for $75 per semester.
Video shows inside of bus during accident
November 2, 2012
In the footage released by San Antonio Independent School District, a car can be seen colliding with the bus, and the bus begins to crash through an interstate overpass. The video cuts out before the bus hits the access road below.
School bus plunges off overpass in Texas
October 5, 2012
A 7-year-old boy and two adults were recovering in a hospital from injuries they sustained in Thursday’s accident in San Antonio. Police say the bus fell about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car.
2 buses collide, 1 driver killed
October 2, 2012
San Antonio school bus driver Dolores Martinez is pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after she suddenly loses control of her bus and it hits another bus, then crashes into a fence. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
4-year-old girl dragged by bus
September 25, 2012
The girl's backpack reportedly catches on the door as she is exiting the bus at school, and she is dragged as the vehicle pulls away. The driver is suspended without pay.
Dallas buys over 100 new buses, adds belts
August 30, 2012
Dallas County Schools has been acquiring a variety of new equipment for its giant fleet, from new school buses to lap-shoulder belts to stop-arm cameras. The district recently took delivery of 103 new Saf-T-Liner C2s from Thomas Built Buses. Director of Transportation Aaron Hobbs discusses the developments with SBF.
Texas district equips 400 buses with exterior cameras
August 28, 2012
Houston Independent School District outfits the buses with Safety Vision's SV-835 and SV-690 exterior cameras to increase student safety, and it plans to retrofit the rest of its buses next year. The district’s buses are also equipped with the company's RoadRecorder 6000 PRO mobile digital video recorder and four SV-830 dome interior cameras.
Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus
August 16, 2012
School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District this year are undergoing counter-terrorism training, which includes a mock disaster drill. The event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing the staff members to practice their first aid training.
Dallas district converts 53 buses to propane
August 16, 2012
The conversion of Dallas County Schools' buses by CleanFUEL USA is funded through a $1 million grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Clean Fleets North Texas program. CleanFUEL USA has also secured 37 new or expanded contracts with other Texas districts.
Online course teaches accident avoidance
July 12, 2012
The Texas Engineering Extension Service course offers instruction on pre-driving preparation, dealing with adverse road conditions, avoiding common driver errors and more.
Driver shortage at Texas district leads to busing changes
May 29, 2012
Vacant routes and driver absences lead the Katy Independent School District board of trustees to alter the district's transportation eligibility requirements to half a mile for elementary students and approximately one mile for junior high and high school students, up from the current three-tenths of a mile.

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