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Bus drivers in N.J. city to work on Thanksgiving
November 21, 2011
Some school bus drivers in Lakewood will be working on Thursday, transporting students to private Orthodox Jewish schools that will be open. Last year, most private school families carpooled on the holiday, but after a resident raised the issue at a board meeting earlier this year, public school officials looked into the matter, and private bus companies serving the schools were told they have to work.
Students suspended for allegedly taking Jell-O shots
November 21, 2011
Officials at Cleveland Independent School District in Texas say that the middle school students appeared to be under the influence when they arrived to school, and when administrators questioned them, they admitted to taking the shots on their bus.
Company helps Calif. district ‘green’ fleet with biodiesel
November 21, 2011
Buster Biofuels partners with Legoland California, the San Diego Padres and other entities to collect their grease and oil, recycling it into biodiesel to power San Dieguito Union High School District buses. The district is currently powering two buses with a B20 biodiesel blend and plans to eventually run its entire fleet on the fuel.
Heavy Duty Bus Parts and the C.E. White Co. displayed the forthcoming I-Skin school bus seat foam at the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show.
I-Skin bus seat foam in final stages of development
November 21, 2011
The integrally bonded polyurethane foam — now six years in the making by Heavy Duty Bus Parts — will be brought to market by the C.E. White Co. Company officials say that a unique manufacturing process produces a seat foam with a soft and energy-absorbent cushion and a dense, highly durable outer skin.
Tags: seating
NSTA has put out a call to ask that senators support continued protections for private school bus companies against transit encroachment.
NSTA works to uphold school bus contractor protections
November 17, 2011
As Senate committees take up a surface transportation reauthorization bill, the National School Transportation Association puts out a call to ask that senators support provisions that protect private school bus companies from transit encroachment.
Thomas Built honors suppliers at annual event
November 17, 2011
The school bus manufacturer holds its sixth annual supplier day event in Greensboro, N.C. Julian Electric Inc. receives the 2011 Supplier of the Year award, and numerous gold and silver awards are given out to other companies.
Boy suffers scrapes in fall from bus
November 17, 2011
The boy opens the handle for the emergency door on his school bus as the bus veers left on a curve. He is thrown from the vehicle and sustains scrapes to his face and head.
In addition to its new DVR line, REI released a new version of its BUS-WATCH viewing software (pictured) that is more user-friendly and packed with features.
REI's new digital video systems increase record time
November 16, 2011
The HD Series DVRs incorporate H.264 advanced video compression, so they can store more video, audio and vehicle data. In other news, the company promotes Chris Shigley to national sales manager, school bus, and Darwin Rubeck to national sales manager, transit and motorcoach.
Bus company requests dismissal of lawsuit from former driver
November 16, 2011
The contractor is being sued by Ken Webber, who was fired for refusing to take a Confederate flag with the word "redneck" on it off of his pickup truck, which was parked in a lot owned by a school district that the contractor serves. The company says that Webber considered the flag to be an expression of his identity and lifestyle, and that therefore, his flag is not constitutionally protected speech because its message is not a matter of public concern.
Calif. DOE to offer transportation administration program
November 16, 2011
The course, scheduled for Jan. 9-13, is designed to provide guidance to first-time transportation administrators. Topics to be covered include certification of drivers, California Highway Patrol regulations and history, special-education and homeless student transportation, and school bus stops.
A youngster experiences the Bronx Children's Museum's new "River On the Go: Where is Justin the Beaver?" exhibit on board the museum's repurposed school bus. Photo by Sarah Schuman
New 'art bus' exhibit teaches kids on river habitat
November 15, 2011
The Bronx Children's Museum's repurposed school bus, which was profiled in an SBF article earlier this year, highlights the Bronx River with its new interactive, multi-sensory exhibit. There will eventually be living specimens of flora and fauna for kids to experience.
Md. district receives Bluth-Eisman field trip scholarship
November 15, 2011
National Association for Pupil Transportation Past-President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endow their 2011 field trip grant to Harford County Public Schools. The field trip grant covers the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and/or classroom resource materials.
Tags: Maryland, NAPT
Student Transportation adds 700 vehicles in Wis. acquisition
November 15, 2011
The contractor expands into Wisconsin by acquiring Dairyland Bus Inc. and related companies, also adding more than $36 million in annualized revenues and five locations. Executive Mike Pjevach and his team will join Student Transportation Inc.
Bus driver faces record number of charges for DUI
November 15, 2011
Carole Crockett faces 25 counts each of driving under the influence with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, driving under the influence on school property and disorderly conduct after she swerves her school bus in traffic and dozes off behind the wheel. Authorities determine that Crockett has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
Voith Turbo extends transmission fuel agreement
November 14, 2011
The company is continuing for another three years a warranty program with Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. Under the program, when using Petro-Canada’s Heavy Duty Synthetic Blend Automatic Transmission Fluid in new deliveries of Voith DIWA transmissions, the transmission’s base warranty coverage is extended from 24 months/150,000 miles to 30 months/150,000 miles.
Trans Tech electric bus features Weldon products
November 14, 2011
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s eTrans unit is equipped with Weldon’s energy-efficient V-LED technology and V-MUX multiplexing system. Officials say the LEDs have “extraordinary” brightness and signaling power, while the multiplexing system controls all lighting, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
School bus alt-fuel technology is focus of new event
November 10, 2011
The one-day symposium, created by SAE International, aims to help attendees “make properly informed decisions about the pros and cons of converting their buses to either hybrid electric, propane or compressed natural gas technology.” School officials as well as OEMs and suppliers will give presentations.
Atlantic Express expands use of GreenRoad technology
November 10, 2011
The school bus contractor is now using the company’s driving performance and safety management system in more than 2,300 buses serving the greater New York City metro area. Noel Cabrera, executive vice president of Atlantic Express, says that the company chose GreenRoad’s system because it provides an in-bus “coach” that is with each driver every day and on every mile.
Deer crashes into school bus windshield
November 10, 2011
A car in front of the bus hits the deer, which propels the animal over the vehicle and into the windshield of the bus. The driver sustains minor injuries, but no students are on the bus.
Mesa Public Schools took delivery of its first propane buses last week. Pictured are representatives from the district, Canyon State Bus Sales, Micro Bird, Roush and Ferrellgas.
Ariz. district expects big savings in jump to propane
November 10, 2011
Mesa Public Schools, which has the largest school bus fleet in the state, purchases 27 propane-powered Blue Bird and Micro Bird models. Transportation chief Ron Latko tells SBF that he estimates the district will save more than $105,000 in fuel costs this year with the propane buses.

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