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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.
Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
Texas pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
February 3, 2012
Debbie Jones, director of transportation at Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District, is the 18th person to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings.
Texas district combats bullying
November 8, 2011
Houston Independent School District bus drivers renew their efforts to promote bus safety by taking a stand against bullying. The district's buses are fitted with signage that makes it clear to students that bullying will not be tolerated, and drivers learn strategies to create a positive environment on the bus.
Texas district gets $2M to buy propane buses
September 20, 2011
Northside Independent School District in San Antonio receives a $2,001,682 check for buying 122 Blue Bird propane school buses. Director of Transportation Rafael Salazar notes that the district “has been committed to using propane for the past 30 years.”
Texas district approves fare-based bus system
July 21, 2011
Keller Independent School District's board of trustees meets to address $32 million in budget cuts, and establishes a pay-for-ride bus service to replace the free service. The new service offers a monthly payment option for parents.
Texas district acquires 12 propane buses
June 30, 2011
Friendswood Independent School District will replace diesel buses with the propane units and install an on-site propane fueling station with grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Texas district's fleet honored in top 100 list
June 14, 2011
Houston Independent School District is named by Government Fleet Magazine as having one of the top 100 fleets for 2011. The awards program recognizes leading fleets from around the country. Austin (Texas) Independent School District is an honorable mention.
Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus
January 11, 2011
The 7-year-old boy is struck by a pickup as he crosses the street to his house after disembarking his bus. Salvador Hernandez, who allegedly failed to heed the bus' flashing lights and stop sign, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses
January 6, 2011
Houston Independent School District receives a total of $2,120,500 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas to help buy the buses. The money will fund 70 percent of the cost, with the district covering the rest.
3 Texans complete new special-needs program
December 3, 2010
Marisa Weisinger, Renee Davis and Nancy Kessler become the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s Special-Needs Training. Here, they discuss their experience.
Texas school bus seat belt implementation plan released
September 9, 2010
The Legislative Budget Board approved the use of the Texas Transportation Institute's School Bus Seat Belt program report to set priorities for funding, including vehicles that will have the highest safety benefit from the addition of seat belts (small buses and motorcoaches) and counties with the highest number of serious bus crashes.
Texas, Michigan districts to receive propane buses
July 30, 2010
Denton Independent School District will add seven Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses to its fleet of 44 propane units next month. Nine Propane-Powered Visions will be delivered to Zeeland Public Schools this month.
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