The transportation department at Liberty County School System is now using text updates and social media to notify families of school bus delays.
Senators confirmed Chao for the Cabinet position in a 93-6 vote.
As leader of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Chao’s purview includes two agencies that have oversight of various aspects of pupil transportation: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In a Senate hearing on Jan. 11, Chao gave an indication of her outlook as a regulator.
“First and foremost, safety will continue to be the primary objective,” she said during the hearing. “Regulatory decisions should be rooted in analysis derived from sound science and data with risked-based analysis that prevents accidents before they occur, and considers both the cost and the benefits of new rulemakings.”
As previously reported, Chao served as secretary of labor for all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, 2001 to 2009. She was the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a president’s Cabinet in the nation’s history.
Chao also has government experience in the transportation sector. She has served as deputy secretary of the U.S. DOT, chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, and deputy maritime administrator. She also has a more personal tie to the Washington establishment: She is married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Chao came to the U.S. as an immigrant from Taiwan at age 8. At the time, she spoke no English. She went on to earn an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) signaled its support for Chao when Trump initially nominated her.
“We look forward to working with her on issues affecting the private school bus industry and commend her for her long and distinguished record of leadership in government service,” NSTA said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Chao also got an endorsement from Ray LaHood, former U.S. secretary of transportation and now co-chair of infrastructure group Building America's Future.
“I am confident that under her leadership, the future of our roads, rails, runways, and transit systems will be in good hands,” LaHood said. “Secretary Chao has a strong understanding of Washington and how to engage the private sector, as well as the importance of consulting with mayors and governors.”
In his new role, Roger Nielsen will oversee DTNA and its subsidiaries, including Thomas Built Buses.
A young 4-H member’s project turns into legislation that gives Arkansas residents the legal framework to ask their school districts to require seat belts on school buses.
The fleet business works with Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Boulder Valley School District to help boost the quality and efficiency of support vehicles.
Michael Bradley of New York is arrested after allegedly putting a 6-year-old boy in a headlock and punching him, giving him a bloody nose. His bus company was hired by parents.
The Rev. Dr. James Carter Jr. of Educational Bus Transportation earns the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The convertible NextGen seat is designed to allow customers to change the seat back frame to have a three-point or child-restraint seat without having to purchase new seats for reinstallation into a bus.
East Coast-based school bus operators faced blizzards that brought heaps of snow, causing school closures last week. As operators dig out buses, they capture the beauty the storms left behind.
The Type A school bus newcomer launches its dealer network with Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair in Ohio and Signature Bus Sales in New England.
A bus carrying 13 students is traveling along a highway when a large turkey flies across the roadway from a ditch, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
School Bus Manager is a simple bus routing and management solution that is designed for all skill levels.
When a school bus enters his path, Ben Fiorenza drives his semi tractor-trailer off the road and into a ditch. The vehicles collide, but there are no major injuries.
Hart, a familiar face in the school bus industry, will continue as a board member with the investigative agency. Bella Dinh-Zarr now serves as acting chairman.
Trisia Hill-Schaalma of Greenville (S.C.) County Schools explains her approach to working with students, and her passengers talk about why they love riding the bus.
A Florence County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office report states that video allegedly shows students pulling another student to the back of the bus and assaulting her while another student appears to block the driver’s view.