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Ill. bus company improves service for school year
August 31, 2011
Illinois Central School Bus Co.’s service to five school districts in Winnebago County, Ill., has gone smoothly this school year, with buses on time and routes followed correctly. District and bus company officials met over the summer to better prepare and help avoid late busing and other problems that occurred during the last school year.
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Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage on the East Coast over the weekend. It is shown here soon after landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Image by NOAA
Hurricane tips for pupil transportation
August 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene, which caused extensive damage on the East Coast over the weekend, brought to mind the need for school bus operations to have procedures for just such an emergency. The Florida DOE's hurricane outreach plan document is available to download.
New law cracks down on bus driver drinking, drug use
August 30, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn approves the bill, which requires bus drivers to submit to drug and alcohol testing if there is a reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence. Drivers who fail or refuse to submit to the test will have their school bus permit suspended for three years.
First Student names new northern N.J. area manager
August 30, 2011
Greg Gallagher serves as area general manager of the contractor's northern New Jersey region. Gallagher works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations throughout the region.
Transfinder solution achieves service record
August 30, 2011
Transfinder's Infofinder i enables parents to see their bus stop information on their district's website. At peak usage on Aug. 22, Infofinder i handled 235,952 address searches and 3,407 simultaneous requests per minute. This was a 30-percent and 42-percent increase over last year, respectively.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has denied a request for rulemaking from 22 entities asking the agency to mandate the installation of three-point seat belts on large school buses. Photo by Flickr user uncleboatshoes
NHTSA denies petition to require lap-shoulder belts on large buses
August 29, 2011
The agency says it is denying the petition because it has “not found a safety problem supporting a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts on large school buses, which are already very safe.” The petition for rulemaking came from the Center for Auto Safety and 21 other groups.
Hart to serve again as NTSB vice chairman
August 29, 2011
Christopher Hart is sworn in for a second term in the position for the National Transportation Safety Board. He has been involved in transportation safety for more than 30 years.
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Collins Bus Corp. honored for pollution prevention efforts
August 29, 2011
The Type A school bus manufacturer receives the 2011 Pollution Prevention Award from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Collins has implemented programs to recycle wood pallets, cardboard and other waste material, and made changes to its water test quality assurance operation that reduced water use by over 400,000 gallons per year.
Durham provides bus service for Fla. magnet school students
August 26, 2011
As a result of budget shortfalls, Duval County Public Schools cut all bus service to and from magnet schools this summer. The contractor is operating eight magnet school routes for the district.
National Guard rescues students stranded in bus
August 25, 2011
Council Bluffs, Iowa, experiences heavy rain and the school bus stalls after the driver goes through water that is deeper than it seems. Lewis Central Community Schools officials say it’s unclear whether any action will be taken against the driver, as they have not yet talked to the driver about the incident.
Driver praised for acting quickly before bus fire
August 25, 2011
John Fothergill notices something is wrong under the hood of his school bus while on a route and stops. Officials at the Iowa district where he works thank Fothergill for safely evacuating the students on board before flames came up under the engine compartment onto the windshield.
Tags: bus fires
Transfinder expands quality assurance department
August 25, 2011
The school bus routing software provider expands its quality assurance team to include Betsy Edson as quality assurance manager, Sean Klemme as quality assurance specialist and John Adams, who was promoted from technical support specialist to quality assurance specialist.
Woman sentenced for blocking bus, yelling at driver
August 25, 2011
Shiquita D. Reed is convicted of disorderly conduct for an incident on May 17 in which she blocked a school bus with her car and yelled profanity at the bus driver, telling him he couldn't keep her daughter off the bus. The day before, Reed brandished a gun at the bus stop. She told police it was because another student had teased her daughter.
School system receives wheelchair lift-equipped hybrid buses
August 25, 2011
Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services in West Nyack, N.Y., put into service the two vehicles from Collins Bus Corp. last week. The buses were purchased through a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority award funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Clean Cities program.
New bus riders get vital safety training
August 24, 2011
With the start of the school year, the School District of Collier County (Fla.) is sending its transportation trainers to elementary schools to deliver important bus safety messages to kindergartners. The first-time riders practice a bus pickup and are given a guide to take home.
New solution from Zonar, ZoomSafer targets distracted driving
August 23, 2011
The companies partner to improve fleets’ ability to manage employee cell phone use while driving.
Driver logs 30 years, 1M miles without an accident
August 23, 2011
Julia Hughes receives a safe driving certificate from the California Highway Patrol and a pin from the district for becoming the first school bus driver for Kern County Superintendent of Schools to achieve both milestones. Transportation Services Director Paul Linder says that Hughes "has always been very professional, is an absolute delight to work with and does it all with a smile on her face."
Mitt protects bus drivers’ hands from fuel grime, odor
August 23, 2011
Drivers can use Concept Communications Co.'s Gas/Diesel Mitt for fueling and then dispose of it after use. All the grime and residual fuel gets thrown away with the mitt, keeping the driver's hands clean, according to the company.
District works to reduce truck hazards for school buses
August 23, 2011
Beth Bertram, transportation director of Marshall County Schools in Moundsville, W.Va., works with local drilling companies to increase safety for the district's school buses. The expanding shale industry has caused heavier traffic and more safety concerns for school buses.
The Trans Group President John Corr donated three school buses to Joplin (Mo.) Area Catholic Schools, whose elementary school was destroyed by the massive tornado that tore through Joplin in May.
Contractor gives buses to tornado-struck school system
August 22, 2011
The Trans Group President John Corr donates three school buses to Joplin (Mo.) Area Catholic Schools, whose elementary school was destroyed by the massive tornado that tore through Joplin in May.

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