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School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA.
EPA awards $30M for clean diesel projects
October 11, 2012
School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA. Sioux Falls (S.D.) School District, for example, is being awarded $450,000 for replacing 18 school buses.
Tags: CNG, emissions, EPA
Mike Connors began his career at Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Fla., and joined Brevard Public Schools’ transportation department in 2000.  
Florida’s Mike Connors retires
October 11, 2012
The longtime director of transportation at Brevard Public Schools reflects on his career and tells SBF that he is grateful for the recognition he and his staff have received from the publication. Assistant Director of Transportation Arby Creach discusses Connors’ impact on the operation and what lies ahead for the staff.
Boat serves as school bus for N.C. students
October 10, 2012
Some children who live on a peninsula on Lake Norman have drastically shortened their commute by taking a boat to school. Scott Huseby started by ferrying his three children across the water to SouthLake Christian Academy, and he has since expanded the service to other families at no charge.
Leonard Bus Sales launches Fla. operation, adds jobs
October 10, 2012
The school and commercial bus distributor launches LBS South LLC, which will operate as a separate company that supports the market in Florida. In New York, Leonard Bus Sales brings on new employees to the customer support and sales teams.
District deploys camera system to catch stop-arm runners
October 10, 2012
Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga., equips at least 50 of its buses with CrossingGuard, which is provided and maintained by American Traffic Solutions. The county sheriff’s office will review camera footage and issue citations to violators, and officials say the district will receive 25% of the fines in the first year.
W.Va. adds propane as option for school buses
October 9, 2012
State director Ben Shew tells SBF that propane’s price and its availability in West Virginia are key factors in school districts’ interest in the alternative fuel. He says that switching to propane could save more than $3,100 in fuel costs annually per bus.
Blue Bird reveals factory training dates for 2013
October 9, 2012
Workshop topics include recent product changes, such as the dual-zone multiplex system and 2013 emissions standards compliance. Attendees also gain product assembly familiarity with a factory tour.
Domenic Gatto, founder and CEO of Atlantic Express Transportation Corp., will step down on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the business.
Atlantic Express’ Domenic Gatto to retire
October 9, 2012
The founder and CEO of school bus contractor Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. will step down from his post on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the industry. Officials say a search for Gatto’s replacement is underway, and once the new CEO is in place, Gatto will serve as a consultant for the company.
NSTA welcomes marketing and membership assistant
October 8, 2012
Kate Gilbert joins the school bus contractor association in the role, where she will assist in facilitating membership programs, benefits, services, development and the day-to-day operations of NSTA. She previously served as an office manager for Sewell Heating & Cooling.
Tags: NSTA
Navistar names new marketing exec
October 8, 2012
Bill Schumacher steps into the role of vice president, marketing, for the company’s global bus division. He previously served as vice president, marketing, for Navistar’s RV group, and he replaces Kathy Seegebrecht, who accepted a new position as vice president of Navistar’s global marketing group.
School bus plunges off overpass in Texas
October 5, 2012
A 7-year-old boy and two adults were recovering in a hospital from injuries they sustained in Thursday’s accident in San Antonio. Police say the bus fell about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car.
Larry Pierce (left, pictured with son Troy) ran school transportation provider Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years.
Longtime N.Y. contractor Larry Pierce passes
October 5, 2012
Pierce ran school transportation provider Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years. He served as president of both the National School Transportation Association and the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, and he was named SBF's Contractor of the Year in 2008.
School bus driver picks up stranded Israeli journalists
October 4, 2012
An SUV carrying the press corps, in New York for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, runs out of gas in a tunnel. One of the journalists calls the school bus driver who picks them up “our guardian angel driver.”
Tags: New York
Supercapacitors touted as 'green' energy source
October 4, 2012
In an article by Philip Ball for the Energy Quarterly feature of MRS Bulletin, a professor and researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia explains supercapacitors as power-storage devices that can supply onboard electrical power in vehicles. Officials say that on buses, the technology can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 30%.
Cook-Illinois to expand use of Zonar telematics platform
October 4, 2012
The school bus contractor currently uses the platform on 900 buses and plans to use it on 1,300 additional buses by the end of this year. The technology is used to track vehicle mileage, speed, idling and stops, and some routes also utilize Zonar’s electronic vehicle inspection report and ZPass for tracking students.
American Traffic Solutions wins contract with co-op
October 4, 2012
Under the five-year agreement, the company will provide its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm violation photo enforcement system to the King County Directors Association, a purchasing cooperative that provides centralized procurement services for school districts in the state of Washington, as well as neighboring states.
New natural gas engine for school buses in the works
October 4, 2012
Cummins Westport has begun development on the ISB6.7 G, a mid-range 6.7-liter natural gas engine. The new engine, expected to be in production by 2015, will be based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine and will use Cummins Westport's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology.
Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
This year's America's Best competition was hosted by Cummins at its engine facility in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Repeat wins for America's Best bus tech, inspector
October 2, 2012
Alan Fidler of Indiana's Tippecanoe School Corp. takes first in the 2012 national school bus technician competition. Jack Defibaugh of Greenbrier County (W.Va.) Schools wins the inspector competition. Both were also named America's Best in last year's event.
2 buses collide, 1 driver killed
October 2, 2012
San Antonio school bus driver Dolores Martinez is pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after she suddenly loses control of her bus and it hits another bus, then crashes into a fence. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

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