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Minn. district targets efficiency, saves $500K per year
September 20, 2012
Three years ago, the Anoka-Hennepin School District increased walking distances from homes to bus stops for all grade levels, which has enabled the district to reduce the number of buses it uses by 10 and to achieve a $500,000 annual savings. Transportation Director Keith Paulson discusses these and other efforts to increase efficiency.
The Saudi Arabia government plans to double the number of female students who have access to school transportation service.
Saudi Arabia to hold 1st school transportation conference
September 20, 2012
The event comes as the Middle Eastern nation plans to increase its number of school buses from 12,000 to 60,000 over the next five years. The Ministry of Education says that more female students will have access to school transportation, and service will be expanded to male students and female teachers.
Police: Man makes threats over bus radio
September 20, 2012
The man breaks into the bus at a school in Danville, Vt., after crashing a car and breaking into a home, according to police. He is shot by an officer after he allegedly reaches for a holster on his hip in a threatening manner and makes a bomb threat.
11-year-old stops runaway bus
September 20, 2012
The boy jumps from his seat, hits the brakes and steers the bus into a chain-link fence after the driver suffers an apparent heart attack.
Tags: Florida
Goodyear technology targets improved tire performance
September 20, 2012
Officials say the Air Maintenance Technology application allows tires to maintain constant, optimum pressure without the use of external pumps, electronics and driver intervention. Along with improved performance, proper tire inflation can result in better fuel economy and longer tread life, according to the company.
Tags: tires
Ill. school bus company undergoes leadership changes
September 20, 2012
Effective Jan. 1, Steve Hemmerlein will join North America Central School Bus Holding Co. LLC as the CEO; current CEO and founder Bruce Barr plans to retire. H. Kevin Mest is serving as the interim CEO, and he also assumes the position of chief operating officer. The new team includes Patrick Earley as chief financial officer as well.
Tags: Illinois
NHTSA updates school transportation crash stats
September 18, 2012
There were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes from 2001 to 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. That’s 0.34% of the total 363,839 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes during that time period.
Ricon launches new wheelchair lifts for school buses
September 18, 2012
Company officials say that the new TITANIUM line of wheelchair lifts is engineered with high-strength steel alloy construction that enables true 1,000-pound capacity.
Dan Daniels to join C.E. White Co.
September 18, 2012
Daniels, who announced last week that he will leave his position as president of Trans Tech Bus to be closer to his family, will serve as vice president of engineering and product development for the school bus seating manufacturer. Officials say the companies will work together over the next 120 days to ensure a smooth transition for incoming Trans Tech President John Phraner and Trans Tech customers.
Driving 'school bus' car, Stenhouse wins NASCAR race
September 18, 2012
With Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech as his primary sponsors, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is first across the finish line at Saturday’s Dollar General 300. The design on his car was meant to resemble a school bus, with its yellow paint, Blue Bird logos and even black “rub rails” on the sides.
Md. teen brings gun on bus, to school
September 18, 2012
Authorities take the boy into custody and say that pending review of the state’s attorney, he will be charged as a juvenile. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson is calling on gun owners to follow the law by securing their weapons from children 15 years old and younger — the boy’s grandfather is the owner of the handgun involved in the incident.
Napa Valley (Calif.) Unified School District has put black vinyl tape over the green rub rails of its wheelchair-equipped hybrid buses so that it can operate them. The California Highway Patrol has said that the green rails are not in compliance with state and national standards. The green bumpers, however, are permitted. 
District’s hybrid buses parked over green rub rails
September 18, 2012
The California Highway Patrol maintains that the green rails on Napa Valley Unified School District’s buses are not in compliance with state and national standards. Director of Transportation Ralph Knight discusses with SBF the benefits he says he believes the green rails provide, and the steps he’s taking to try to revise California’s regulations on school bus colors after an exemption request to allow the green rails was denied by the highway patrol.
CleanFUEL USA moves to new Mich. facility
September 17, 2012
Officials say that at 10,000 square feet, the new facility is double that of the previous facility, and that its configuration allows for better use of production space, including a dedicated clean room for sensitive component assembly and an expanded prototype shop for developing new designs and systems.
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses with newer models. Photo by Shane Kirley
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement
September 13, 2012
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among those eligible for the program, which will provide rebates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
NYC Dept. of Education honored for GIS work
September 13, 2012
The department receives a Special Achievement in GIS award at an Esri conference. Alex Robinson, executive director of the department’s Office of Pupil Transportation, tells SBF that in addition to the more than 8,000 school buses on routes daily, "we couldn’t do what we do without amazing mapping technology and GIS experts."
VIDEO: Motorist drives on sidewalk to pass stopped bus
September 13, 2012
After being contacted by the bus driver about a previous violation, police wait for Shena Hardin and cite her following Tuesday’s incident. Hardin’s mother says that her daughter was running late, and that she made the move to “give that bus plenty of room.”
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
Mich. districts experience driver shortage
September 13, 2012
Fruitport, Muskegon, Orchard View and Whitehall districts are all in need of drivers. Officials say that the requirements for the job — including extensive training, split shifts and drug screenings — often deter potential candidates.
GreenRoad to integrate fleet tracking, driver management
September 12, 2012
The company partners with GPS Insight to offer GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, which officials say will be available by the end of this year. Officials also say that with the combination of driver performance management and fleet tracking in one product, fleet operators will be able to create efficient fleets and maximize driver productivity.
Gord Taylor to lead school transportation consortium
September 11, 2012
Taylor has accepted a position as CEO of the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services consortium, which he will begin on Nov. 1. He will leave his post on the Ontario School Bus Association's board of directors, as well as his position at school bus contractor Stock Transportation, on Sept. 24.
Tags: Ontario

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