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Man faces charges for school bus sniper hoax
July 23, 2012
Earlier this year, Codarrius Rayshun Brewer claimed that he ran after a person pointing a gun at buses, and that the person shot at him. Now, authorities say Brewer has admitted to fabricating the story, and charges against him include making a false report and obstruction.
David Harden joins Trans/Air sales team
July 23, 2012
Harden will serve as regional sales manager for the bus climate control supplier, calling on Trans/Air accounts and developing new business in 11 western states. He was previously with IC Bus.
Blue Bird to unveil new safety options, adds dealer
July 20, 2012
The school bus manufacturer will have on view during an industry event technology available as new options for its buses, including a stop-arm camera system, a combination rearview mirror and camera system from Rosco and a danger zone alert system. In other news, the company welcomes Hoover Truck Centers to its dealer network to serve the state of New Jersey.
NSTA honors outstanding contractors
July 19, 2012
More than a dozen school bus contracting professionals earn awards at the National School Transportation Association’s ceremony in Milwaukee. Percy Abbott of First Student wins the Distinguished Service honor.
Calif. district increases bus fees
July 19, 2012
Temecula Valley Unified School District raises the cost of its annual bus passes from $520 to $550 per student. According to a district official, the change was made because the state severely underfunds Temecula's transportation due to a technicality of the stipulations under which the district was incorporated.
Kobussen named Contractor of the Year
July 19, 2012
The Wisconsin school bus contractor delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also served as key contributors to school transportation associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.
Fla. Highway Patrol submits report on fatal bus crash
July 19, 2012
The findings are submitted to the State Attorney's Office for review, the outcome of which will decide if former St. Lucie County School District bus driver Albert Hazen is cited for a traffic offense or charged criminally for the crash that killed one student and injured many others.
Minn. pupil transporters honored for service, dedication
July 18, 2012
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association recognizes six school bus drivers with the Transportation Specialist Award. Betty Jeanne Trobec, owner of Trobec’s Bus Service Inc., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bruce Dischinger, an owner of Monarch Bus Service, receives the Jim DeVeau Award.
Honolulu ups transit service after state school bus cuts
July 18, 2012
The City Department of Transportation Services will increase city bus service on four routes. A transit official says that the move aims to ensure that students "won’t be stranded when school starts."
Winners named in national bus safety competition
July 17, 2012
Drivers from around the nation participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. Mark Koelbl of First Student in Alberta places first in the Conventional Bus category, Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District in California takes top honors in the Transit Bus category and Russell Altizer of Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia wins first place in the Small Bus category.
Tags: NSTA, roadeo
Transfinder app provides instant access to critical info
July 17, 2012
The company's new Infofinder mobile application allows users to document incidents such as bus accidents in real time and access information or reports. It is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Redflex acquires safety camera program
July 17, 2012
The company expands its student safety division through the acquisition of SmartBus Live. The program helps monitor and deter drivers who illegally pass school buses while the stop arm is deployed.
Nominate a great administrator
July 16, 2012
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves some recognition for his or her efforts? We’re getting ready to select a recipient for our 2012 Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations.
District plans bus loop safety upgrade
July 16, 2012
As part of the project at Dansville (N.Y.) Central School District, a fence will be built at the edge of a parking lot facing the bus loop, and the loop will be off-limits to vehicular traffic during school hours.
Tags: New York
Men charged for school bus battery thefts
July 16, 2012
Danny Kelly and Michael Kniser are charged with burglary for stealing 25 batteries from First Student buses in June. Bail for Kelly is set at $30,000, and bail for Kniser is set at $50,000.
Law aims to protect adult bus riders with disabilities
July 13, 2012
Under the legislation signed by acting N.J. Gov. Kim Guadagno, when a school bus is picking up or discharging any person with disabilities, including adults, the bus driver is required to use the flashing red lights and other motorists must stop. The legislation also establishes penalties for violators.
NTSB calls for speed limiters on trucks, buses
July 13, 2012
In response to last year's motorcoach crash in New York City that killed 15 people, the National Transportation Safety Board recommends that all new heavy vehicles be equipped with advanced speed-limiting technology.
Fla. district preps busing changes for GOP convention
July 12, 2012
Road closures and increased traffic will be among the challenges for Hillsborough County Public Schools’ transportation department as the Republican National Convention comes to Tampa in late August. Alternate busing plans will go into effect before the convention so staff and students can get used to the different routes.
Bus dash cam recording activated by G-force
July 12, 2012
The Buddy BX1500 uses a high-resolution camera, an internal shock sensor and GPS to record detailed data while the bus is in motion. A predetermined amount of G-force will activate recording and put the latest image to memory.
Online course teaches accident avoidance
July 12, 2012
The Texas Engineering Extension Service course offers instruction on pre-driving preparation, dealing with adverse road conditions, avoiding common driver errors and more.
Tags: Texas

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