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Cover Story - June 2011 2011

Building a Greener Future

By: Brittany-Marie Swanson

Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ new transportation facility is expected to save $50,000 to $55,000 per month in energy costs with its many green features, which include wind turbines, solar panels and natural light.

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Honoring our history

Ed Bobit felt so strongly about his idea that he went back to the bosses with his resignation letter and decided to give it a go alone. And with that, he launched Bobit Publishing and its flagship publication, Automotive Fleet. After Bobit acquired School Bus Transportation, it relaunched in 1965 as SCHOOL BUS FLEET with a new look and vision.


NAPT News & Views

The association discusses the impact of a terrorism hoax on April 1 in New York State that involved school buses and also its efforts to curb school bus bullying.


Seeing the driver's view

As I read about NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman's expedition, I couldn’t help but wonder whether she might take part in a similar experience in a yellow school bus. Hersman riding along on a morning run would be an excellent way to highlight the professionalism that school bus drivers embody.

Directors (from left) Chris Ellison, Michael Shields, Pete Meslin and Peter Lawrence continue their discussion of issues facing the industry.

Keeping the Yellow Bus Running: Part 2

In the second half of this roundtable discussion, four transportation directors consider ways to ensure the industry’s continued success, from succession planning to performance measurements to sharing services.

Napa (Calif.) Valley USD Transportation Director Ralph Knight plans to power the district’s hybrid buses using solar energy.

Getting Lean, Clean and Green

As school districts face growing budgetary concerns, fleet operators are cutting costs by using green technology and implementing eco-friendly policies.


Fire Protection Systems

Firetrace’s transit and school bus fire protection solutions address the potential impacts of a fire by detecting and suppressing fire in a vehicle’s engine compartment, generator and electrical system.

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