The legislation in Congress aims to reduce wait times for driver applicants to take a CDL skills test.
This year’s NYSBCA Contractor of the Year Award went to Robert Pape, partner and secretary/treasurer of Dell Transportation in Port Washington, New York. From his start with Hendrickson Bus Corp., to serving as the director of transportation for Lawrence Public Schools, to his current position with Dell Transportation, Pape has been a leading authority on student transportation for more than 40 years, according to NYSBCA.
“Throughout his entire career, including his service on the New York School Bus Contractors Association board and as its past president, Robert’s passion and commitment to safe school transportation has been inspirational,” NYSBCA President Bree Allen said. “He is a mentor and a friend, a powerful voice in our industry, and its conscience.”
The winner of the NYSBCA Contractor of the Year Award is also honored with the Roger Weeks Scholarship Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship for the winner’s school district of choice.
Meanwhile, the association’s Distinguished Service Award went to former New York state pupil transportation director Mary Sansaricq and Nestor Zaragoza, president and CEO of Nesco Bus Sales and Service. Accepting the award on behalf of Sansaricq, who died unexpectedly in September, were her husband, Ralph, and son Robert.
NYSBCA also presented two Heart of the Industry Awards: one to an on-road employee and the other to an off-road employee. The on-road honor went to Maureen Moore, a driver for West Point Tours. The off-road winner was Patrick Kinane, president of Golden Sun Bus Service.
Raymond Martinez is cleared by the Senate to lead FMCSA. The National School Transportation Association says it looks forward to working with him.
The school bus company will manage and operate student transportation services for Irving Independent School District as part of a five-year contract, starting with the 2018-19 school year.
Franceille Fleurine of Massachusetts reportedly strikes two trees, smashing the back window of the bus, and then continues to drive her route.
The CEO of a data analytics solutions provider highlights the top innovations that may have a long-lasting impact on school transportation.
The new benefit for a drivers’ union in Chicago requires that they show up for work the day after the big game.
First Student and the drivers’ union agree on a contract that includes expanded health care coverage for bus drivers and their families and a pension plan, ending a nine-day strike.
The NSTA president shares insights on NSTA initiatives, the widespread driver shortage, and the recently passed tax reform bill.
As part of this year’s campaign, ASBC will award gift cards to the top social media posts that highlight Love the Bus celebrations.
The drivers say they are calling for a retirement and health care package that is affordable enough to include their families. First Student says the contract it is offering the drivers is fair.
The auditor general discovers 10 drivers in the state who should have been banned from transporting students because of criminal convictions.
The National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Maui covers legislative updates, autonomous vehicles, and other topics.
Michael and Lory Fullington repurchase Fullington Auto Bus Co. from RATP Dev. The Pennsylvania-based company’s fleet includes 230 school buses.
School bus operators can still apply to take part in the next SBX educational networking event.
Patti Royce-Moser is promoted at Educational Bus in New York. She has been a longtime routing coordinator with the company.