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Student Transportation wins 4 new contracts
March 26, 2012
Two of the contracts are for operations in Connecticut, and the others are for operations in New Hampshire. Officials say the Connecticut contracts will add over $4.6 million in annualized revenues, while the New Hampshire agreements will add approximately $4.3 million in annualized revenues.
IC Bus builds its various school bus bodies and chassis in its mile-long plant in Tulsa, Okla.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Durham raises $10K for Special Olympics chapter
March 26, 2012
Employees for the school bus contractor participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff, Ill., and raise $10,780 for Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Durham also donates bus service to transport the plungers to and from the event location.
Pupil transporters gear up for Canadian conference
March 23, 2012
The 2012 Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference will be held in Lake Louise, Alberta, April 17-21. The event will include a trade show and educational workshops and sessions. Speakers will discuss such issues as bullying and transporting students with special needs.
45K trained in school transportation security program
March 22, 2012
School Bus First Observer has instructed tens of thousands of drivers and other pupil transportation personnel on identifying and reporting suspicious activities. Program Manager Charles Hall says that the industry has “much to be proud of.”
Tenn. bill would let bus drivers use force
March 22, 2012
The state House passes legislation that would authorize school bus drivers to hold students accountable for disorderly conduct. Bus drivers and other school personnel could use “reasonable force when necessary … to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another person.”
REI’s catalog features new products for school buses
March 22, 2012
The company's latest catalog includes several new products that are applicable to the school bus market, including the MP-1000 Passenger Safety Announcement Player. The player allows users to customize a video and audio safety message and obtain a date and time log to verify that the announcement has been played.
Driver says she took sleeping pill on day of accident
March 22, 2012
Former school bus driver Lynn McGlothlin was charged with reckless driving after she drove up on a curb and rear-ended a truck with her bus. McGlothlin says she accidentally took a generic form of Ambien instead of her thyroid medicine.
Minister bus drivers have calming effect in Tenn. district
March 22, 2012
Of Bedford County Schools' 69 bus drivers, seven are pastors from local churches. Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Williams says the drivers have formed good relationships with the children riding their buses.
Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use
March 21, 2012
Under the legislation, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones to call in medical concerns, or if the bus is parked or secure on the side of the road.
Bill calls for stricter bus-passing penalties nationwide
March 21, 2012
Rep. Bruce Braley introduces legislation at the federal level that would require Iowa’s new penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses to apply to all states in the country. States that fail to adopt the standards would face losing 10 percent of federal highway funding each year.
Student Transportation awarded 2 new contracts
March 20, 2012
Officials for the company and its subsidiary Student Transportation of Canada Inc. say the contracts, which are each for five years, will add approximately 200 vehicles, $9 million Canadian in revenue on an annualized basis and include fuel price mitigation clauses.
Zonar adds fuel to its GPS reporting
March 20, 2012
The company has added new patent-pending technology to its HD-GPS reporting that takes fuel into account. Officials say Zonar's vehicle telematics platforms will now not only determine sample rates based on geographical data, but also fuel consumption.
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Lt. Brian Reu (left) was appointed the director of the Minnesota Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after the retirement of Lt. Ed Carroll (right).
Carroll retires, new Minn. state director named
March 20, 2012
Lt. Brian Reu is appointed the director of the state Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after Lt. Ed Carroll's retirement. Reu discusses his new role with SBF.
Gov. Terry Branstad (front row, right) signed "Kadyn's Law" at Northwood Elementary School on Friday. Branstad reportedly spoke to Kadyn Halverson's classmates, pictured here, before signing the bill.Photo courtesy of the "Watch for the Little Ones" Facebook page with permission from the office of the governor
Iowa governor signs illegal bus passing bill
March 19, 2012
Under the legislation, which takes effect immediately, drivers face a fine of up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. Max Christensen, executive officer of school transportation at the Iowa Department of Education, discusses the provisions of the law with SBF and also provides an update on additional statewide efforts to combat the problem of stop-arm running.
United Educators offers school bus safety training
March 19, 2012
Bus driver safety training modules will be offered at no cost to more than 1,500 school districts insured or reinsured by United Educators Insurance, under a new partnership between the firm and the School Bus Safety Co.
Bus company has 70 routes for school choice program
March 16, 2012
Illinois Central School Bus subsidiary Missouri Central School Bus is serving the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. in St. Louis under a three-year contract. The Missouri State Patrol recently inspects the fleet and officials say it exceeds the state’s excellence standard, with no buses out of service.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (at podium) last month unveiled a bill that would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of alt-fuel school and transit buses.
Bill would give $15K rebates for alt-fuel buses
March 15, 2012
The legislation in the U.S. Senate would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of school and transit buses powered by natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen or fuel cells.
Study: School districts see continued budget cuts
March 15, 2012
In the American Association of School Administrators’ new survey, respondents project new budget cuts in the 2013-14 school year, though the cuts may not be as deep as in the earlier years of the recession. About two-thirds of school districts surveyed eliminated positions in 2011-12.
First Student adds 41 buses to Mass. fleet
March 15, 2012
Twenty-eight of the new buses designated for the Springfield School District are Thomas Built Saf-T-Liners. First Student also integrates 13 new small buses into the fleet.

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