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NASDPTS to create model pre-trip evacuation briefing
May 10, 2012
The action is part of the state pupil transportation directors’ response to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, which stemmed from the fatal school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo.
Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
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Bus driver retires after 43 years on the road
May 10, 2012
Doris Hudson opts to end her career with Greenfield (Ill.) Community Unit School District #10, which began in 1969. Students and staff honor her during a celebration hosted by the superintendent, who rode on Hudson's bus as a child.
Survey: 30% of N.Y. districts to reduce bus service
May 10, 2012
The New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Association of School Business Officials survey 403 districts. They are making cuts in numerous areas, including transportation, to keep their budget proposals for the upcoming school year within the state’s new property tax cap.
REI camera captures stop-arm violations
May 10, 2012
The new high-resolution camera gets an image of the license plate of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The camera’s exclusive day/night setting automatically detects the amount of light and switches settings for optimum viewing of the license plate, according to the company.
Steve Kalmes, the longtime director of transportation services for Anchorage School District, has also served as president of NAPT.
Industry veteran Steve Kalmes to retire
May 10, 2012
The Anchorage, Alaska, director of transportation has not only served as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, he has attended the annual conference for more than 30 years in a row. He tells SBF that after retiring in July, he will remain active in the industry — and will attend the next NAPT conference.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
11K ground transport jobs lost in April
May 8, 2012
The decrease in the transit and ground passenger transportation sector was fueled by a decline in school bus-related employment, according to a U.S. Department of Labor analysis.
Drivers to forgo pay on snow days
May 8, 2012
As part of contract negotiations with Douglas County School District, bus drivers with the Amalgamated Transit Union 1737 agree to the move. It will save the district, which faces an $18 million budget shortfall, approximately $43,000 per snow day.
Driver blames crash on sleep apnea, steering problems
May 8, 2012
Beverly Turner is diagnosed with the condition after she crashes her bus into a concrete post. Turner also claims she reported that her bus had mechanical problems, but school district officials say there are no records of her report.
Cincinnati-based Petermann will join National Express' U.S. school bus contracting brand, Durham School Services. Photo by Adam E. Moreira
Petermann deal ups National Express fleet to 20K buses
May 7, 2012
With the merger now complete, the Cincinnati-based school bus contractor will join National Express' Durham School Services brand. Petermann CEO Pete Settle calls National Express "the perfect home for Petermann."
STI subsidiary wins new Handi-Transit contract
May 7, 2012
Leuschen Transportation is awarded a six-year contract with the city of Greater Sudbury to provide transportation to passengers with physical disabilities as part of the Handi-Transit program. Officials say Leuschen Transportation has been the supplier of these services since Handi-Transit began in 1985.
Transportation agency on track to leave court supervision
May 7, 2012
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education's transportation department acquires new buses and achieves compliance in 34 performance areas, putting it on track to exit federal court oversight this year. The department's supervising court master had previously reported that the office transported its special-needs riders in buses that were not properly maintained or inspected.
Teen seriously injured after jumping from bus, later dies
May 7, 2012
Jessie Herr is hospitalized in life-threatening condition after he opens the rear emergency exit door of the moving bus and jumps out. He passes away on Monday after being taken off of life support.
Ohio recognizes school bus drivers statewide
May 7, 2012
May 7 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and Ohioans are reminded to show their support for these individuals. Officials say the state Legislature designated the first Monday in May as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to “increase public recognition of the important function that school bus drivers serve in safely transporting children to and from school.”
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Bus contracts change hands to meet antitrust approval
May 3, 2012
National Express and Petermann will divest eight school bus contracts to proceed with their proposed merger, the Department of Justice announces. The contracts and vehicles will be sold to Student Transportation Inc.
Versatrans solution provides real-time student tracking
May 3, 2012
The new offering from Tyler Technologies provides instant access to information about where a student gets on or off the bus using RFID technology. Officials say that because this type of technology is already in use by many school districts for lunch point-of-sales systems and library systems, students are already familiar with the process of presenting their cards, and in many cases the same card may be used for all RFID applications.
Hawaii takes on transportation budget shortfall
May 3, 2012
State lawmakers set aside 38% less than the requested $42 million for school transportation for the upcoming school year. The state Board of Education Finance and Infrastructure Committee meets to discuss options to address the shortfall, including reducing bus service.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said he will approve additional funds for education, including a $19.7 million boost for pupil transportation. Pictured is a bus at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. Photo by Wikipedia user RadioKAOS
$20M funding increase for Alaska pupil transportation
May 3, 2012
The boost is among an additional $50 million for K-12 education that Gov. Sean Parnell says he will approve. Steven Kalmes, director of transportation services at Anchorage School District, discusses with SBF the increase in transportation funding and the changes that will come with it.
Teens shoot bus with realistic air guns
May 3, 2012
The bus driver calls police after seeing the two boys carrying what were later found to be air-powered replicas of a handgun and a rifle. Seth Cook, 19, and his 15-year-old friend are arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
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