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President Obama is meeting today with industry officials to discuss new standards on fuel efficiency and pollution for trucks and buses.
Feds: Truck, bus standards to save $50 billion in fuel costs
August 9, 2011
The Obama administration says that under its new standards for fuel efficiency and pollution, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas by about 270 million metric tons.
District to save $200K with fewer elementary bus stops
August 9, 2011
Officials at Gaston County Schools in North Carolina say that with statewide budget cuts, the district can no longer afford to have school buses stop at every household, but under the new route plan, no elementary student will be required to walk farther than one-fifth or two-tenths of a mile to a bus stop. The changes will also reduce bus trip time by 15 percent and reduce the need to idle buses.
Deborah Hersman, with her family, is sworn in for a second two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Hersman to serve again as head of NTSB
August 8, 2011
The Senate confirms Deborah Hersman for another two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Her credentials include a CDL with a school bus endorsement.
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School board votes to restore bus service for N.J. district
August 8, 2011
The district’s budget called for the elimination of “courtesy” busing for public school students in grades 1 through 4, and the district was also planning to consolidate private bus routes. Concerns about student safety prompted the school board to restore the service. All routes will be financed using money budgeted for a charter school, which will not open in the fall as planned.
Review: Bullying Prevention on the School Bus
August 8, 2011
Pupil transportation veteran Cheryl Wolf writes that the anti-bullying training program from the School Bus Safety Co. "should be mandatory for all new drivers and should be used as a refresher course for all drivers at the beginning of the school year."
Music festival to raise money for transportation program
August 4, 2011
The WoodsRock III Musical Festival is an annual event that started in 2009 to support bus service for a North Carolina charter school. The festival, which will be held later this month, is a community-wide effort — the participants who plan and work at the festival are volunteers, including the bands that perform.
Ill. contractor to open new bus facility
August 4, 2011
Illinois Central School Bus' facility in Carol Stream, Ill., will include a bus storage lot, offices and a maintenance area, and have room for parking up to 120 school buses. About 100 bus drivers and 10 to 15 office and maintenance staff members will operate out of the facility to serve four districts under transportation contracts acquired this summer.
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Neb. district cuts 30 bus stops to boost efficiency
August 4, 2011
Aurora Public Schools reduces the number of its bus stops from 100 to 70 to make routes more efficient and to help reduce fuel costs. The school board also considers charging a flat rate per child and issuing identification cards.
Step cover targets slips on bus stairs
August 3, 2011
The product from Safeguard Technology wraps over the leading edge of steps for anti-slip protection. Officials say it is “easily installed on all bus applications and will last for years before needing replacement.”
Ky. district officials have educational bus ride
August 3, 2011
The bus takes administrators from Clark County Public Schools through the area that the district serves to 12 schools. The district’s superintendent says the purpose was to help staff members who do not live in the county to see the neighborhoods that the students live in and to give them an idea of what students experience as they ride to and from school.
S.D. bus driver honored for service to students
August 3, 2011
The South Dakota School Transportation Association names Theresa Mellen of Douglas School District its 2011 School Bus Driver of the Year. Mellen conducts bus safety classes and assists with first aid training. She also serves her community as a certified EMT and a foster parent.
Large contractors embrace School Bus Safety Co. course
August 2, 2011
The company reports that six of the eight biggest school bus contractors are now using the Driver Training Course. One calls it “the best training available for our drivers.”
NSTA Past-President Donald Fowler passes the gavel to the association's new president, Magda Dimmendaal, during the NSTA convention last month. Photo by Wim Dimmendaal
NSTA elects first female president
August 2, 2011
Magda Dimmendaal is inducted into the position during the association's Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. She has more than 37 years of experience in the student transportation industry and is CEO of Dousman Transport in Dousman, Wis.
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Medford Township Public Schools bought this bus in October of 1997 and began filling it with B20 biodiesel the next month. More than 13 years later, the bus has logged 190,000 miles.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.
Miss. bus safety effort to include more driver training
August 2, 2011
Under the initiative, which is set to begin in January, school bus drivers will receive more training and public service announcements will inform motorists of bus safety laws. The implementation of the initiative is led by a Bus Safety Task Force that was formed by the state Legislature.
Ill. district to cut costs with new bus pickup sites
August 2, 2011
Under the system, high school students will be asked to walk to their nearest elementary or middle school. If the nearest school is more than 1.5 miles away or if the route is hazardous, a neighborhood stop will be established.
Fla. counties to use online training for school bus drivers
August 1, 2011
School Training Solutions, which offers training to meet state-mandated in-service instruction requirements for bus drivers, is partnering with four counties in Florida. Statewide budget cuts caused the counties to look for a more economical solution for driver training, according to the company.
District: Student’s fall from bus ‘could have been avoided’
July 29, 2011
Officials arrive at this conclusion following an investigation of a June incident in which a special-needs student jumped from the rear exit of the moving bus and fell onto a freeway. A district spokesman says the driver and aide did not adhere to district policy — the aide, for instance, was sitting at the front of the bus instead of in the middle to monitor students.
Former bus driver to serve 25 years for molesting student
July 29, 2011
Richard Evans is sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for picking up a special-needs student on his bus, pulling into a residential neighborhood and molesting her late last year. The crime was captured on surveillance tape.
Teens convicted, bus driver charged in special-needs student assault
July 29, 2011
A 15- and 16-year-old plead guilty and receive 60 days in a juvenile detention center in Lynchburg, Va., and probation for assaulting the student on a school bus. The bus driver is charged with felony child neglect for failing to intervene.

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