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Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
11K ground transport jobs lost in April
May 8, 2012
The decrease in the transit and ground passenger transportation sector was fueled by a decline in school bus-related employment, according to a U.S. Department of Labor analysis.
Drivers to forgo pay on snow days
May 8, 2012
As part of contract negotiations with Douglas County School District, bus drivers with the Amalgamated Transit Union 1737 agree to the move. It will save the district, which faces an $18 million budget shortfall, approximately $43,000 per snow day.
Driver blames crash on sleep apnea, steering problems
May 8, 2012
Beverly Turner is diagnosed with the condition after she crashes her bus into a concrete post. Turner also claims she reported that her bus had mechanical problems, but school district officials say there are no records of her report.
Cincinnati-based Petermann will join National Express' U.S. school bus contracting brand, Durham School Services. Photo by Adam E. Moreira
Petermann deal ups National Express fleet to 20K buses
May 7, 2012
With the merger now complete, the Cincinnati-based school bus contractor will join National Express' Durham School Services brand. Petermann CEO Pete Settle calls National Express "the perfect home for Petermann."
STI subsidiary wins new Handi-Transit contract
May 7, 2012
Leuschen Transportation is awarded a six-year contract with the city of Greater Sudbury to provide transportation to passengers with physical disabilities as part of the Handi-Transit program. Officials say Leuschen Transportation has been the supplier of these services since Handi-Transit began in 1985.
Transportation agency on track to leave court supervision
May 7, 2012
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education's transportation department acquires new buses and achieves compliance in 34 performance areas, putting it on track to exit federal court oversight this year. The department's supervising court master had previously reported that the office transported its special-needs riders in buses that were not properly maintained or inspected.
Teen seriously injured after jumping from bus, later dies
May 7, 2012
Jessie Herr is hospitalized in life-threatening condition after he opens the rear emergency exit door of the moving bus and jumps out. He passes away on Monday after being taken off of life support.
Ohio recognizes school bus drivers statewide
May 7, 2012
May 7 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and Ohioans are reminded to show their support for these individuals. Officials say the state Legislature designated the first Monday in May as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to “increase public recognition of the important function that school bus drivers serve in safely transporting children to and from school.”
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Bus contracts change hands to meet antitrust approval
May 3, 2012
National Express and Petermann will divest eight school bus contracts to proceed with their proposed merger, the Department of Justice announces. The contracts and vehicles will be sold to Student Transportation Inc.
Versatrans solution provides real-time student tracking
May 3, 2012
The new offering from Tyler Technologies provides instant access to information about where a student gets on or off the bus using RFID technology. Officials say that because this type of technology is already in use by many school districts for lunch point-of-sales systems and library systems, students are already familiar with the process of presenting their cards, and in many cases the same card may be used for all RFID applications.
Hawaii takes on transportation budget shortfall
May 3, 2012
State lawmakers set aside 38% less than the requested $42 million for school transportation for the upcoming school year. The state Board of Education Finance and Infrastructure Committee meets to discuss options to address the shortfall, including reducing bus service.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said he will approve additional funds for education, including a $19.7 million boost for pupil transportation. Pictured is a bus at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. Photo by Wikipedia user RadioKAOS
$20M funding increase for Alaska pupil transportation
May 3, 2012
The boost is among an additional $50 million for K-12 education that Gov. Sean Parnell says he will approve. Steven Kalmes, director of transportation services at Anchorage School District, discusses with SBF the increase in transportation funding and the changes that will come with it.
Teens shoot bus with realistic air guns
May 3, 2012
The bus driver calls police after seeing the two boys carrying what were later found to be air-powered replicas of a handgun and a rifle. Seth Cook, 19, and his 15-year-old friend are arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
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NAPT to provide guidance on travel training
May 1, 2012
The association partners with Easter Seals Project ACTION to co-sponsor web seminars, workshops and online courses, as well as to offer other practical information that officials say will help pupil transporters expand accessible transportation for people of all ages with disabilities.
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Details announced on ‘America’s Best’ competition
May 1, 2012
The National Association for Pupil Transportation’s annual America’s Best Technician and America’s Best Inspector contest will be held in September in Rocky Mount, N.C. The event will include a variety of workshops related to components and systems on school buses.
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SBF parent acquires Heavy Duty Trucking
May 1, 2012
Bobit Business Media’s acquisition of Newport Business Media brings in key trucking properties, including the Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and its website, TruckingInfo.com. President Ty Bobit says that the addition makes Bobit Business Media “the largest fleet media company in the world.”
Dossier software training available at annual conference
May 1, 2012
The Dossier User Group will hold its annual summit in New Orleans this October. The conference offers attendees the chance to be updated on Dossier, the maintenance management software from Arsenault Associates, and a preview of future versions.
REI releases new BUS-WATCH products
May 1, 2012
Radio Engineering Industries Inc.'s new BUS-WATCH HD Series DVR product line provides the ability to update the hardware operating system using the USB drive, and it offers increased recording time. A new version of the company's BUS-WATCH viewing software, A.R.M.O.R.-VMS, allows for license plate capture and increased storage.
S.C. aims to study school bus privatization
April 30, 2012
The state’s House of Representatives votes to form a committee that would study the most cost-effective, efficient and safe way to provide school transportation services to students. The proposal, which comes after an agreement could not be reached to require the state's school districts to take over operation of their bus systems, will undergo a procedural vote before heading to the state Senate for consideration.

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