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MV Transportation's revenue up 14%
May 22, 2012
The company reports record revenue of $829 million in 2011. Also last year, MV subsidiary Reliant Transportation made two acquisitions in the student transportation market and became one of the 50 largest school bus contractors in the U.S. and Canada.
NHTSA has proposed to require electronic stability control systems — which target rollovers — on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses, but not school or transit buses.
School buses excluded from stability control proposal
May 22, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require ESC systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses — but not school or transit buses. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, discusses the issue with SBF.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
N.Y. district’s walking distance unchanged following vote
May 22, 2012
Pearl River School District students in grades 9 through 12 who live within three miles of school and eighth-graders within two miles of school are not eligible to take the school bus. A petition to reduce the limit to 1.5 miles is narrowly defeated.
Tags: New York
National Express Corp. hosts weight loss competition
May 22, 2012
Employees from Durham School Services and Stock Transportation lose a total of 8,610 pounds over 10 weeks as part of the parent company's inaugural "School Bus Slim Down Challenge." Officials say the program was so successful that the company plans to sponsor it again next year.
Hero driver in Chowchilla bus hijacking dies
May 22, 2012
School bus driver Frank Edward Ray passes away at the age of 91 due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver. In 1976, Ray helped lead 26 schoolchildren to safety after their bus was hijacked by kidnappers who buried Ray and the students in a quarry.
Texting involved in car-school bus crash
May 22, 2012
Georgia state troopers say that 18-year-old Mandy Lynn Davidson was distracted by a text message when she swerved into traffic and hit the school bus head-on, severely injuring herself and her infant. No children were on the bus.
Thomas Built names new VP of operations
May 22, 2012
Caley Edgerly will oversee the company's two bus body plants, a chassis plant, a component fabrication plant and related logistics operations in his new position. He succeeds Jeff Allen, who now serves as vice president of operations, Redford Truck Powertrain, for Detroit Diesel Corp.
Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese bus and truck expo
May 17, 2012
The company displays its 2012 Vision school bus at the 2012 China Bus, Truck and Component Expo in Beijing this week. In February, Blue Bird participated in the first China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition.
School buses get police escorts after rifle threat
May 17, 2012
Buses carrying children to and from six Atlanta schools are escorted by police after a man aims a rifle at a bus on Monday. The man flees when witnesses confront him, but police recover the rifle and a notebook filled with bus numbers at the scene.
Tags: weapons
Rotary inground lift designed to reduce vehicle downtime
May 17, 2012
Rotary Lift’s EFX90 modular inground lift incorporates three heavy-duty scissor sections to lift vehicles weighing up to 90,000 pounds. The lift includes the company’s patented universal style lifting saddle with flip-up adapters to ease set up, and officials say the lift has an infinite adjustment range.
Barker Bus to turn over fleet every 5 years
May 17, 2012
The school bus contractor will replace 20% of its fleet with new buses each summer. Don Bickel, interim operations manager, tells SBF that after five years of replacing older buses, the company expects to save nearly $250,000 per year in maintenance costs.
Student absenteeism spikes after cut to bus service
May 16, 2012
An official at Union County Public Schools in Maynardville, Tenn., reports that 18% of students were absent on Tuesday, up from the usual 5.5%. The district suspended transportation for the last eight days of school to offset a budget shortfall of about $200,000.
Collins employees and NSTA board members help launch the first NEXBUS. In front of bus, from left, are NSTA's Todd Monteferrario (First Student), Tim Flood (The Trans Group) and Magda Dimmendaal (Dousman Transport) and Collins' Kent Tyler and John Doswell.
Collins' first NEXBUS rolls off assembly line
May 16, 2012
The redesigned line of Type A school buses is immediately available in all chassis configurations, including propane-powered and hybrid-electric versions. Company officials report that a CNG version will be available later this summer.
Tenn. district cuts bus service for 8 days
May 15, 2012
Union County Public Schools in Maynardville stops the service for all students except those with special needs and those in pre-kindergarten due to an approximately $200,000 budget shortfall. Parents are reportedly sent a letter saying that students who don't attend the last week of school will be considered absent, but parents facing a "transportation hardship" can appeal their children’s absences.
SBF publisher promoted to VP
May 15, 2012
Frank Di Giacomo’s new title is part of the changes brought on with Bobit Business Media’s recent acquisition of Newport Business Media. As vice president, bus and rail, Di Giacomo will continue to lead SCHOOL BUS FLEET and Metro Magazine.
No mechanical problems found on bus in crash
May 15, 2012
Maintenance reports indicate that there are no issues with a Tippecanoe School Corp. bus that was involved in a crash earlier this year. Beverly Turner, a former bus driver for the Indiana district, claimed that steering problems may have caused her to drive the bus into a cement post, but investigators determined that she fell asleep at the wheel.
Ind. association awards 2 scholarships
May 15, 2012
Erin Weber and Abbey Schmitt, two high school seniors, each receive $500 from the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association. The association gives out the scholarships annually to the children and grandchildren of members.
Tags: Indiana
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Bus service changes could yield $500K in savings
May 14, 2012
After modified transportation standards for the upcoming school year are proposed to the school board, Seattle Public Schools’ transportation team continues to research cost-savings options and will submit a new proposal on May 16. Officials say it calls for a return to the 2011-12 transportation plan, which, in addition to projected savings, has a minimal impact on bell times.
Transfinder gears up for client training event
May 14, 2012
The company will hold its Third Annual Client Conference this Thursday through Saturday in Albany, N.Y. Officials say attendees will participate in classroom and hands-on computer sessions devoted to using Transfinder's suite of software solutions, and a one-day management session is being offered as well.

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