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Boy comes to aid of ailing school bus driver
October 13, 2015
As his driver was having an asthma attack, 9-year-old Jayden Jaramillo sprang into action and radioed the bus company.
School bus driver charged after detour into cornfield
October 8, 2015
The bus had pieces of corn stalks hanging from its undercarriage when police located it. The driver had children on board and was allegedly impaired.
Magda Dimmendaal named a School Bus Champion
July 24, 2015
Dimmendaal, who started as a school bus driver and eventually bought the company she worked for, is honored for her industry leadership and community service.
GO Riteway Transportation looking to fill 280 positions
June 18, 2015
Due to its expansion, the Wisconsin-based bus operator will be hiring for hundreds of jobs, including school bus drivers, mechanics and operations supervisors.
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.
Pupil transportation aid boost proposed in Wisconsin
February 5, 2015
Funding for high-cost and long-distance pupil transportation would be increased under a plan by Gov. Scott Walker to provide more resources for rural schools.
Wisconsin senator urges school bus seat belt legislation
September 29, 2014
Retiring Sen. Tim Cullen asks colleagues to continue working toward mandating seat belts in new school buses after his bill fell short of making it to the Senate floor for a vote last session. The president of the Wisconsin School Bus Association testified against Cullen's bill during a hearing late last year.
Wisconsin School Bus Association names new director
August 11, 2014
Cherie Houser is appointed executive director of the state’s school transportation association. She previously served as vice president of a different transportation-related group: the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.
Driver honored for saving 40 children from bus fire
July 3, 2014
Last week, the Wisconsin School Bus Association named Steve Linehan Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year and presented him with a plaque at a luncheon. Linehan was driving the students to an elementary school, stopped the bus when he smelled smoke, and evacuated the children as flames spread. There were only very minor injuries.
Wisconsin contractors add 57 propane buses
July 1, 2014
Lamers Bus Lines added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding the number of propane buses in its fleet to 59 units. Meanwhile, Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane-powered buses to 20 units.
Driver steers disabled school bus to safe stop
February 19, 2014
Bob Welsh is transporting students down a hill when the bus’ radio, lights, engine and brakes stop working. He is able to steer the bus into a ditch covered by snow, where it comes to rest.
GO Riteway adds 20 propane buses to fleet
October 24, 2013
The Wisconsin-based contractor purchases 10 new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses and 10 Micro Bird propane autogas buses to serve Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, and the company marks the event with an open house at its facility. Attendees witnessed a fueling demonstration and learned about the benefits of propane.
Wisconsin senator pushes for school bus seat belts
September 12, 2013
When Tim Cullen was a board member for Janesville (Wis.) School District, he ushered in a policy to require seat belts on new school buses. Now, as a state senator, Cullen is pushing for a statewide mandate.
Cop rear-ends school bus at railroad crossing
January 10, 2013
The Superior, Wis., officer will be cited for inattentive driving in the incident, according to the police chief. No children were on the bus at the time.
Founder of Lamers Bus Lines passes
January 4, 2013
Lyle Lamers passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 97. He started the school and charter bus company in 1944 with his wife, Ellen, and reportedly drove buses for the company until he was 72 years old.
Family sells bus company to Riteway
August 7, 2012
The Degnitz family, after 40 years in the business, sells Degnitz Bus Service to Riteway Bus Service Inc. Degnitz served the School District of Random Lake in Wisconsin, and officials say Degnitz's management and drivers will continue in their roles as part of the Riteway team.
Man run over after grabbing onto bus window, falling
July 26, 2012
Alex Haskins dies at the scene. He reportedly came to the bus after a relative on board became involved in an altercation with other passengers and called for help.
NSTA honors outstanding contractors
July 19, 2012
More than a dozen school bus contracting professionals earn awards at the National School Transportation Association’s ceremony in Milwaukee. Percy Abbott of First Student wins the Distinguished Service honor.
Kobussen named Contractor of the Year
July 19, 2012
The Wisconsin school bus contractor delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also served as key contributors to school transportation associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.
Teen guilty of misdemeanor for bus theft
July 12, 2012
A boy who allegedly stole a school bus from one yard and drove it to another of the bus company's terminals last month is found guilty of an amended charge of driving a vehicle without consent. The boy reportedly broke into the company's office and stole the bus keys.
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