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Survey: 54% of Mich. districts now contract out services
September 8, 2011
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy finds that for the first time, more than half of Michigan school districts now use private vendors to provide food, custodial or transportation services. Statewide, transportation contracting grew the fastest, rising 27 percent from last year.
Seon’s new bus exterior camera can target stop-arm runners
September 8, 2011
The CA Wedge is aimed at providing clear bus-exterior video in all weather conditions. It supports lenses from 2.9 to 3.6 mm for wide-angle door-entry applications, and 16 to 25 mm lenses for identifying stop-arm violation vehicles.
School Bus Safety Co. offers OSHA compliance program
September 8, 2011
The company's fourth instruction module, the OSHA Compliance Toolkit, is designed for both school bus technicians and drivers. It is intended to help managers achieve compliance quickly and easily, company officials say.
Batteries stolen from 32 Miami school buses
September 8, 2011
Officials discover Tuesday that batteries were stolen from 32 buses at Miami-Dade County Public Schools' bus depot. Alternate buses are used to complete bus routes, but the theft affects 800 students during the morning commute and 400 in the afternoon.
Tags: batteries
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently declared September as “Idle Free Awareness Month.” His declaration cites the success of Utah’s school bus idling reduction program as an example for the rest of the state.
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Utah bus idling reduction program inspires statewide effort
September 7, 2011
Gov. Gary Herbert declares September 2011 “Idle Free Awareness Month,” and the declaration cites the success of Utah’s school bus idling reduction program as an example for the rest of the state. Murrell Martin of the Utah State Office of Education discusses with SBF the benefits of the program since its inception in 2008.
1 dead, dozens injured as school bus overturns
September 6, 2011
The bus, returning from a football game, is struck around midnight by a car that failed to yield at a stop sign, according to police. A 15-year-old student on the bus dies in the accident, and about 30 others are taken to hospitals.
Bus drivers who use cell phones could lose licenses
September 6, 2011
Wisconsin school bus drivers who use cell phones while operating a bus with students on board could lose their licenses under a new measure proposed by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman. Drivers would be fined $200 for a first offense and $500 for a second.
Stock Transportation raises money to fight hunger in Somalia
September 6, 2011
The school bus contractor raises $3,000 to aid those affected by drought and famine in Somalia. The fundraiser is ongoing, and the Canadian government will match what the company raises. All funds will go to the Canadian Red Cross to be distributed in Somalia.
Student Transportation Inc. entered the U.S. stock market on Tuesday. CEO and Chairman Denis Gallagher (front-center) rang the bell in NASDAQ's opening ceremony.
Student Transportation buys Calif. bus company, debuts on NASDAQ
September 6, 2011
The contractor acquires A and B Bus Co., which has provided student transportation services to the same Southern California region for nearly 40 years. And on Tuesday, Student Transportation Inc. CEO and Chairman Denis Gallagher rings the bell in NASDAQ's opening ceremony as the company enters the U.S. stock market.
NTSB calls again for stability control systems
September 2, 2011
The safety board recommends that NHTSA develop standards for stability control systems — and require them — for commercial vehicles and buses over 10,000 pounds. The new recommendations supersede earlier ones.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
GreenRoad to offer web seminars on reducing fleet fuel use, idling
September 2, 2011
The series of seminars, which will be held later this month and in October and are geared toward executives, as well as operation and safety directors, will provide guidance on these topics by addressing driving performance.
InterMotive hires national sales manager
September 2, 2011
Mark Barczak joins the company with nearly 20 years of OEM engineering and sales experience in the bus, ambulance and work truck markets. InterMotive designs and manufactures vehicle control systems for the school bus, work truck, fire, ambulance, police, transit and personal-use mobility markets.
Free transit bus passes offered to students for a month
September 1, 2011
Lane Transit District is providing the bus passes to students in grades 6 to 12 in September only following the loss of state funding for the Student Transit Pass Program. Beginning Oct. 1, students may pay cash to ride the buses, or buy a $24 monthly youth pass or a $65 three-month pass.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
BESI Inc. certified as a women’s business enterprise
September 1, 2011
BESI Inc. receives national certification as a women's business enterprise from the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council, signifying that the company is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
Tags: seating
Ga. district installs Gasboy fleet fueling, management systems
September 1, 2011
Cherokee County School District is installing the systems at the second of four fueling sites for the county's 392 school buses. The turnkey solution includes Gasboy Atlas dispensers, Islander PLUS fleet management systems and Gasboy Fleet Head Office management software.
Tags: Georgia
District sees route, driver benefits from cutting 30 bus stops
September 1, 2011
To offset its budget shortfall, Aurora (Neb.) Public Schools reduced its stops from 100 to 70, with drivers now making more group pickups as opposed to door-to-door stops. Transportation Director Gerad Olsen tells SBF that the department’s routes are more efficient and that the bus drivers are happier making fewer stops.
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.
Tags: Illinois
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.
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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.

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