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Financial export added to fleet management software
June 19, 2012
Arsenault Associates’ FinanceLink, part of its Dossier version 6.2, allows users to easily export parts purchasing data to business systems for payment and reconciliation.
Rolling pit jack operates on pit floor
June 19, 2012
Stertil-Koni USA’s free-standing rolling pit jack has a capacity of 30,000 pounds, and lifting is done by an air driven, fully hydraulic pump actuated by tandem foot pedals. The company offers two models: The FPJ-150-F is fitted with a fixed vertical piston, and the FPJ-150-U has a vertical piston that moves side to side.
3 teens damage 31 buses in contractor's yard
June 19, 2012
Two of the boys are arrested and charged with burglary and vandalism, while another is on the run, for breaking into the bus yard and crashing buses into one another. The company estimates the damage at $200,000.
Tags: vandalism
Okla. high schoolers to ride transit buses for free
June 18, 2012
Under the program approved by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority board, students enrolled in Oklahoma City Public Schools’ academies can use the Metro buses at no charge, including for non-school activities. Metro and school buses will work in concert to transport the students.
Tags: Oklahoma
Durham wins Wash., Ore. contracts
June 18, 2012
The contractor will serve Newport (Wash.) School District and St. Helens Public Schools in Portland under five-year agreements that will begin in July for the upcoming school year. Durham will operate 78 routes for Newport and 28 routes for St. Helens.
Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy is being used for public education and driver training.
Bus stop near-miss makes for powerful lesson
June 18, 2012
Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy leaving his school bus is being used for public education and driver training. And the state has a variety of other initiatives that are helping to crack down on stop-arm running.
New bus drivers in La. won't get tenure
June 14, 2012
Previously, Louisiana school bus operators attained the job protection after passing a three-year probationary term. Under newly enacted legislation, drivers hired on or after July 1 of this year won’t be eligible for tenure.
New partnership takes aim at stop-arm running
June 14, 2012
Under the agreement, American Traffic Solutions’ automated School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Solution CrossingGuard will be powered by AngelTrax’s IntelliGuard Stop Arm Enforcement Camera System. AngelTrax President Richie Howard says that the companies’ system “will help raise awareness in our communities of illegal school bus stop arm running and potentially save children’s lives.”
Brake block meets reduced stopping distance requirements
June 14, 2012
Federal Mogul's new Abex commercial vehicle drum brake block includes three application-specific formulations engineered to enhance overall performance. It is manufactured for enhanced resistance to cracking, according to the company.
Seon introduces 8-channel mobile DVR
June 14, 2012
The Explorer TX8 gives bus operators features like geo-fencing and a built-in G-sensor for AVL integration and monitoring driver behavior. The DVR also features up to two TB of storage capacity, and officials say it is GPS- and WiFi-ready and also offers full compatibility with Seon’s vMax software suite.
Durham awarded 3-year contract
June 14, 2012
Durham School Services will operate 97 home-to-school routes and 109 buses for Rochester (Mich.) Community Schools starting in July. The company reportedly plans to hire as many of the district's drivers, monitors, mechanics and staff as possible, and officials say the contract will save the district approximately $4.7 million over the three-year period.
Chris Darling is director of operations at Fort Dodge Community School District, where he has overseen the transportation, maintenance and custodial departments.
Veteran Iowa director Chris Darling to retire
June 14, 2012
Chris Darling, director of operations at Fort Dodge Community School District, will leave his post next week after 21 years with the district and more than 27 years in the industry. He discusses his career with SBF, including changes he implemented at the district. Friend and colleague Max Christensen, Iowa’s state director of pupil transportation, weighs in on Darling’s contributions to the industry.
Tags: Iowa
Security consultant to present at NAPT Summit
June 13, 2012
Bret E. Brooks is a senior consultant with Gray Ram Tactical LLC who has worked in the security and safety fields since 1998. He is also a former SWAT team member and a full-time police officer, and he has worked with school districts for nearly a decade.
PSBA cites safety stats to counter bus funding proposal
June 12, 2012
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett proposes providing school bus transportation funding with a new student achievement block grant rather than through the state’s current reimbursement funding formula. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association says this could cause some school districts to reduce school bus service. It points to the state’s safety record to underscore the importance of maintaining the service.
Feds issue "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving"
June 12, 2012
Calling distracted driving "an epidemic," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood outlines steps to pass more laws, address technology and help stakeholders take action. He also announces $2.4 million in support for enforcement projects in California and Delaware.
Pa. district to consider hiring bus consulting company
June 12, 2012
The proposal is put before the North Penn School District board after two key transportation personnel leave the department, and the district is unable to fill the vacancies. Superintendent Curt Dietrich says utilizing a company’s management services would enable the district to “tap into their expertise.”
Teen allegedly steals bus, drives to another terminal
June 12, 2012
The 15-year-old reportedly breaks into the office at a Johnson School Bus Service terminal in Wisconsin and takes the keys to a bus. He then drives the bus 30 miles to another Johnson terminal, where he tells police who find him that he was careful and stopped at railroad crossings along the way.
First Student completes safest year ever, officials say
June 12, 2012
The company travels more than 250,385 miles between preventable collisions in fiscal year 2011-12, and the chance for injury on or around a school bus is one in 7,690,000 million miles driven. This achievement is attributed to employee training and face-to-face safety conversations. In other news, the company is awarded a new five-year contract with Xenia (Ohio) Community Schools.
Stock Transportation driver honored for service excellence
June 11, 2012
Donna Graves is named the 2011-12 School Bus Driver of the Year by the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations. Graves, who has worked for Stock Transportation for more than 12 years, was nominated by Shatford Memorial Elementary School, where she transports students.
Former transportation director gets prison time
June 11, 2012
Authorities say that John Wansacz Jr. admitted to using his official position to steer school district transportation contracts to a company in which he had a financial interest — and from which he received payments of more than $70,000.

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