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Cover Story - February 2014

Team stays proactive to maintain safe service

By: Kelly Aguinaldo

From its school bus maintenance to its driver training, the transportation employees at Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., look ahead and analyze information to identify potential problems or areas that need improvement.

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Kids know good drivers

Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that not everyone is cut out for.

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NAPT News & Views — New board members describe themselves in 3 words

To shed some light on the personalities who make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association is conducting a series of board member profiles. In this edition, we hear from Dwight Gleaves, the association’s new affiliate member director, and Steve Kalmes, who recently began a term as Region 5 director for NAPT and is a past president of the association.

New improvements to Rifled’s BH series evaporators include a four-hole drain pan. Pictured is the BH-20.
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A/c units keep current with cooling needs

Trends in school bus air-conditioning systems include increased demand for bulkhead evaporators and rooftop units, officials say. Here’s a look at key features in the latest cooling technology.

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District is the host district for the Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative. The cooperative only charges $45 an hour for labor, compared with hourly rates at large vehicle repair shops in the area, which can run up to $115.
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Cooperative helps districts save money, time

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

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A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm

REI has upgraded its A.R.M.O.R.-StopArm to capture up to four lanes of stop-arm violators. Company officials said nearly all metro street configurations are covered by REI’s newest innovation.

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Onboard Interior and Exterior Cameras

AngelTrax’s new line of onboard interior and exterior high-definition cameras are designed to improve nighttime and low light video capture, company officials said.

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