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Thomas Built Buses is adding 50 new line positions and increasing production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and other customers.
Thomas Built again steps up production, staff
February 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer adds 50 new line positions and increases production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and other customers. The company also expands its field sales and service teams, releases results of a fuel economy test and earns an environmental award.
Rotary mobile lift features operator-friendly design
February 9, 2012
The company's latest addition to its line of mobile column lifts, the RCH4, also features an automatic steering system, which makes it faster and easier to position the columns for service, officials say. Each column is identical and has a rated capacity of 18,000 pounds, for total lifting capacity of up to 144,000 pounds.
School bus documentary to premiere at film festival
February 9, 2012
"La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus," will premiere as an official selection at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March. The film follows a retired school bus on its journey from an auction in Pennsylvania to a highland town outside of Guatemala City.
Mo. bill would allow school bus ads
February 9, 2012
The legislation would require the state board of education to establish rules to authorize school boards to lease advertising space on the interior and exterior of buses. The bill specifies what types of ads are not appropriate, and 50 percent of a district's revenue from advertising would need to be used to offset the fuel costs of providing pupil transportation services.
A bill that would have affected contracted school bus drivers' ability to collect unemployment benefits died in the Pennsylvania General Assembly after its sponsor withdrew his name from the legislation. Photo by Wikipedia user Niagara
Contracted Pa. bus drivers still eligible for jobless benefits
February 9, 2012
School bus drivers in the state who work for private companies can continue to collect unemployment during the summer break in between school years after a bill that would have amended this law has died in the General Assembly — the bill’s sponsor has withdrawn his name from the legislation. Selina Pittenger, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, discusses with SBF the association’s efforts to prevent the bill from progressing.
Thomas Built recognized for environmental performance
February 8, 2012
The school bus manufacturer is named a 2011 Environmental Steward by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Among the reasons for Thomas Built receiving the award, officials say, is the High Point facility’s commitment to continue to reduce waste even after achieving its zero waste-to-landfill goal through a waste-to-energy plan.
EPA, CARB certify Cummins' new school bus ratings
February 7, 2012
Officials say the engine manufacturer will begin production of the new ratings for its ISB6.7 unit this month. The new ratings for the ISB6.7 are certified at 0.20g oxides of nitrogen per brake horsepower (hp) hour without the use of emissions credits, and they include offerings of 220 hp with 520 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 hp with 660 lb.-ft. of torque.
Tags: engines, EPA
Goodyear introduces Dunlop steer tire
February 7, 2012
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s new Dunlop SP348, an all-position steer tire for regional fleet, school bus, and pickup and delivery applications, is available in seven sizes. Features include a deep tread, a rugged casing design and enhanced shoulder rib for improved scrub resistance.
Tags: tires
Woman charged in assault on bus driver
February 6, 2012
A 40-year-old woman allegedly threatens another woman, a Kuna (Idaho) School District bus driver, with a loaded gun and sprays her with pepper spray in the district parking lot. Two transportation employees reportedly step in to take the gun and separate the two women, who are said to be friends.
New state director appointed in N.Y.
February 6, 2012
Mary Faherty Sansaricq succeeds Marion Edick, who recently retired from her post as director of pupil transportation services. Officials say Sansaricq has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator and administrator, during which time she served in the New York State Education Department’s Pupil Transportation Unit and Office of Educational Management Services, among other work.
Tags: New York
SafeGuard’s  XChange seating products, which can be switched from standard to lap-shoulder belts or integrated child seats, will soon be standard on all Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil buses.
Collins makes XChange seats standard
February 6, 2012
SafeGuard’s XChange seating products, which can be switched from standard to lap-shoulder belts or integrated child seats, will soon be standard on all Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil buses.
Calif. agency to award $1M in grants for alt-fuel bus projects
February 6, 2012
Of the $1 million, $496,696 will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, and the rest will go to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project initiative. Kings Canyon’s grant money will fund two eTrans all-electric school buses, which will be among the buses the district loans out for trial operation at other school districts.
Man who longed to be a bus driver gets unexpected gift
February 6, 2012
Joey Moravchik, 40, is unable to become a school bus driver because he is developmentally disabled. His brother, Jeff, purchases a newly retired bus from Lake Shore Buses in Ashland, Wis., and surprises Moravchik with it on Christmas.
NTSB issues report on fatal Mo. bus crash
February 3, 2012
The agency finds problems with the brakes of the school buses involved in the accident. Among its recommendations to the state of Missouri is to require that students traveling to an activity or field trip in a school or school-chartered bus be instructed in safe riding practices. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart also addresses the agency’s call for a nationwide ban on driver use of electronics following the accident, saying it “may be scoped too narrowly.”
Durham honored for supporting Special Olympics chapter
February 3, 2012
The school bus contractor receives the Maggiano’s Hero Award from Special Olympics Illinois for its consistent volunteerism in the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, for providing buses and drivers for the Polar Plunge and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull, and for collecting new sports equipment for Area 2 as part of its Christmas drive.
Texas pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
February 3, 2012
Debbie Jones, director of transportation at Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District, is the 18th person to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings.
Tags: NAPT, Texas
Allison Transmission offers new model for school buses
February 2, 2012
The 1350 model, available in Allison’s Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series and other applications, comes equipped with a park pawl. The company says that this avoids the need for an air brake and enhances ease of use for the driver.
Motorist in fatal bus-passing incident sentenced to 15 years
February 2, 2012
Aaron Gunderson pleads guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving in the death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson. Halverson was killed last year when Gunderson failed to stop for a school bus that had engaged its flashing lights and stop sign.
Ohio bill would require schools to address bus bullying
February 2, 2012
The Jessica Logan Act, which will now go before Gov. John Kasich for approval, would mandate that schools provide education to students on bullying and develop policies to address the issue both online and on the school bus.
Tags: bullying, Ohio
Landmark Student Transportation names president
February 2, 2012
Kirk Flach joins the school bus company in the role, where he will oversee all aspects of its operations in North America. Flach, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, was most recently senior vice president of operations for National Express Corp.

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