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Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.
Bus driver logs nearly 65 years behind the wheel
June 22, 2011
Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus since the end of World War II and has only missed one day of work. His accomplishment has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
School bus safety zone legislation signed into law
June 20, 2011
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approves a bill that doubles fines for moving violations committed in a school bus safety zone and makes killing a child getting off a school bus a 15-year felony. A second bill approved by Snyder adds the new felony offense to the state's sentencing guidelines.
Former NFL player to start school bus service
June 20, 2011
Troy Evans forms LBS Bus Service with the hope of helping about 9,000 students from an Ohio school district who will lose bus service next year due to budget cuts. Drivers will be screened, and all of the district's rules and guidelines will be followed.
New laws target safety at school, on the bus
June 17, 2011
Several of the changes brought about by bills signed into law in Virginia focus on pupil transportation. They include restricting sex offenders' access to school buses and allowing video cameras on buses to record illegal passing.
This new Type C school bus, with a body by Lion Bus and a chassis by Spartan Chassis, will be available in the U.S. and Canada.
New entry in large school bus market
June 17, 2011
Spartan Chassis will provide front-engine diesel chassis for use on Type C school buses by new manufacturer Lion Bus, whose founders were both involved with Type A school bus maker Michel Corbeil Enterprises.
Student charged with malicious wounding of bus driver
June 17, 2011
The teenager approaches the driver in her seat while the bus is stopped, makes verbal comments to her and then strikes her in the face and neck with his fists. Following an investigation, the student is taken into custody on a detention order and is transported to a juvenile detention center.
District, city officials work to brighten bus stops
June 17, 2011
The transportation director and a board member for a Florida school district are collaborating with Cape Coral’s councilman to move school bus stops from unlit spots to be located at light poles. So far, about 80 percent of the 5,000 stops in the city are lit.
Thomas Built Buses receives clean-air award
June 16, 2011
The school bus manufacturer is awarded a 2011 North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy award in the category of Technology/Fuel Provider. The company operates the nation's first zero-waste-to-landfill school bus manufacturing facility and produces both compressed natural gas and hybrid-electric school buses.
Operation receives 14th achievement award
June 16, 2011
The transportation department for a school district in Nova Scotia receives a Gold Achievement Award from the province. The department was evaluated on such factors as training, accident reporting and frequency, maintenance programs, stops per mile and passenger loads.
Krapf acquires Hash Bus Co.
June 16, 2011
Barbara Hash, whose family has been in the business for 50 years, calls the decision to sell “very emotional.” But the long-running school transportation operation now becomes part of another family business, Krapf School Bus Inc.
Approximately 21,600 students are transported to and from school by the bus companies that Chicago Public Schools contracts with. Officials from the district's Bureau of Student Transportation Services are developing a request for proposal to upgrade its routing system with the goal of improving service.
Operation strives to improve efficiency, customer service with new routing system
June 16, 2011
Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials tell SBF that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.
This new training program was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
School bus bullying program unveiled
June 15, 2011
The training was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
Chinese municipal government to purchase new school buses
June 15, 2011
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
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Association picks 2011 scholarship recipients
June 14, 2011
Allison Culp of Nappanee, Ind., and Sarah McDonald of Jasonville, Ind., each receive $500 from the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association. The association annually awards two scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Texas district's fleet honored in top 100 list
June 14, 2011
Houston Independent School District is named by Government Fleet Magazine as having one of the top 100 fleets for 2011. The awards program recognizes leading fleets from around the country. Austin (Texas) Independent School District is an honorable mention.
Tags: Texas
This repurposed school bus, which was donated to the forthcoming Bronx Children's Museum, will bring art and educational exhibits to kids throughout the borough.
Photo by Sarah Schuman
Bus brings art to Bronx kids
June 14, 2011
A repurposed school bus will serve as a mobile museum, visiting schools, community centers and parks with art and educational exhibits on board. The museum's director tells SBF that children in the borough are "dramatically under-served" in exposure to the arts.
Transfinder selects location for new headquarters
June 13, 2011
The school transportation software firm's founder, President and CEO Antonio Civitella, is investing $4.2 million to renovate 440 State St. in Schenectady, N.Y., to accommodate up to 125 employees. The renovation will preserve some of the building's original architectural features.
Dennis Huffmon has been named vice president and general manager for IC Bus U.S. and Canada.
New leader of school bus business at IC Bus
June 13, 2011
Dennis Huffmon is named vice president and general manager for IC Bus U.S. and Canada, a role in which he will lead the company’s school bus and commercial bus businesses for these countries.
Tags: IC Bus
Everyday Solutions names business development executive
June 10, 2011
Former district and state director Woody Fitzmaurice will be responsible for driving new business in selected accounts and geographies in North America for the company, which provides integrated solutions for managing school transportation information.
Tags: GPS

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