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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.”
Tags: Ohio
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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NAPT to provide guidance on travel training
May 1, 2012
The association partners with Easter Seals Project ACTION to co-sponsor web seminars, workshops and online courses, as well as to offer other practical information that officials say will help pupil transporters expand accessible transportation for people of all ages with disabilities.
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Details announced on ‘America’s Best’ competition
May 1, 2012
The National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual America’s Best Technician and America’s Best Inspector contest will be held in September in Rocky Mount, N.C. The event will include a variety of workshops related to components and systems on school buses.
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SBF parent acquires Heavy Duty Trucking
May 1, 2012
Bobit Business Media’s acquisition of Newport Business Media brings in key trucking properties, including the Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and its website, TruckingInfo.com. President Ty Bobit says that the addition makes Bobit Business Media “the largest fleet media company in the world.”
Dossier software training available at annual conference
May 1, 2012
The Dossier User Group will hold its annual summit in New Orleans this October. The conference offers attendees the chance to be updated on Dossier, the maintenance management software from Arsenault Associates, and a preview of future versions.
REI releases new BUS-WATCH products
May 1, 2012
Radio Engineering Industries Inc.'s new BUS-WATCH HD Series DVR product line provides the ability to update the hardware operating system using the USB drive, and it offers increased recording time. A new version of the company's BUS-WATCH viewing software, A.R.M.O.R.-VMS, allows for license plate capture and increased storage.
S.C. aims to study school bus privatization
April 30, 2012
The state’s House of Representatives votes to form a committee that would study the most cost-effective, efficient and safe way to provide school transportation services to students. The proposal, which comes after an agreement could not be reached to require the state's school districts to take over operation of their bus systems, will undergo a procedural vote before heading to the state Senate for consideration.
Calif. school bus ad bill dies in committee
April 30, 2012
The Senate Education Committee rejects the measure, which would have allowed school districts to sell advertising space on the outside of their buses and choose how to spend the revenue that resulted from the ads. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who authored the bill, says it would have “provided a new and needed source of funding for our schools at no cost to taxpayers.”
Blue Bird honored for propane school buses
April 30, 2012
The manufacturer receives the Extra Mile Award from the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition for bringing buses powered by the fuel to the school transportation market. Officials say the award recognizes organizations that improve the state’s air quality while advancing economic, environmental and energy security.
NSTA covers safety issues, funding in D.C.
April 27, 2012
The school bus contractors association meets with U.S. congressmen and senators on Capitol Hill. Topics covered include funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and the relationship between public and private busing.
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In a new partnership, IC Bus parent Navistar will develop and distribute school buses in China. Here, a Chinese delegation visits the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., in March.
Navistar forms school bus partnership in China
April 26, 2012
The IC Bus parent will collaborate with truck maker JAC to distribute, design and develop school buses in China. Navistar exec John McKinney says that the company "is excited to be sharing our experience and school bus safety expertise with China."
Tags: China, IC Bus
First Student, filmmakers partner on anti-bullying campaign
April 26, 2012
The school bus contractor is working to transport 1 million students to weekday screenings of the documentary "Bully" as part of the “The BULLY Project: 1 Million Kids” campaign. Two executives from the company sat in on a White House screening of the film last week.
Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
Proposal would allow Ill. districts to charge bus fees
April 26, 2012
The Illinois State Board of Education is expected to draft a bill that would eliminate the requirement for public school districts to transport students and base state-to-district reimbursements on an average per-student or per-mile rate. Districts could charge parents a fee to make up the difference between the state reimbursement and the actual cost of transporting students.
Albuquerque Public Schools’ bus passengers are receiving training from their drivers on how to stop the vehicle if the driver becomes incapacitated.
Bus driver's medical episode prompts safety training
April 26, 2012
Albuquerque (N.M.) Public Schools’ student transportation services division is instructing its bus passengers on how to stop a bus if the driver is unable to. The training is implemented after Rhonda Carlsen boards her daughters’ bus to stop it because the driver is incapacitated. She discusses the incident with SBF, and Roger Garcia, co-interim director for the transportation division, discusses the components of the training.

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