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Propane vehicle parade to feature Blue Bird Type C bus
April 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s Next Generation 2012 propane-powered unit will be among the vehicles featured during the Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade, which will be held in Atlanta on Saturday. A press conference and a ride-and-drive event will follow the rally and parade.
National Express names chief operating officer for transit
April 9, 2012
The school bus contracting company appoints Mike Rushin to the newly created role, where he will be responsible for growing and overseeing all transit operations in North America. Rushin most recently served as president of transit services for TransCare.
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District added 65 buses to its fleet when transitioning from contractor- to district-run special-needs bus service.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
$4K awarded in school bus safety challenge
April 5, 2012
National Express Corp. holds the challenge for its customer service centers, aiming to reduce preventable accidents and work-related injuries. Blue Bird sponsors the awards, with $1,000 going to each of four regions.
Lawyers challenge legality of school bus cameras
April 5, 2012
The lawsuit claims that the use of cameras to capture the images of drivers who illegally pass Jefferson Parish buses violates the Louisiana Constitution by using civil proceedings to address moving violations and giving law enforcement power to a company motivated by profit.
247Security sees positive response to Touchdown
April 5, 2012
Touchdown is the company's wireless video management system that combines video, GPS and G Force. Officials say the wireless element of the product makes access to information easy and universal across school district or contractor operations.
Over 100 jobs created at IMMI headquarters
April 5, 2012
Sixty-five positions in engineering, office support and manufacturing are available, and IMMI is also looking to hire 50 college students to fill temporary summer positions. Officials say the majority of the jobs will be to support increasing demand for lap-shoulder belts on school buses.
Bus driver aids in teen’s safe return to her family
April 4, 2012
Bobbie Blevins becomes suspicious when she sees the student get into the back seat of a car that she doesn’t recognize. Blevins returns to her district’s bus garage and police are notified — police later arrest the three men who were in the car.
More officials complete NAPT special-needs training
April 4, 2012
Colleen Cavanaugh of Pupil Transportation Consulting Inc., Barbara Rendon with Humble Independent School District and Theresa Anderson with Anderson Consulting LLC complete the Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
IC Bus honors top dealers
April 4, 2012
Midwest Transit Equipment of Kankakee, Ill., receives the school bus manufacturer’s 2011 North American Tom Cellitti Dealer of the Year Award for excellence in such areas as market share, customer satisfaction ratings, success in both school and commercial bus markets, and year-over-year performance improvements. Other dealers across the country earn regional awards.
Tags: IC Bus
This winning photo from last year’s contest was taken by Katrina Falk of Greenwood (Ind.) Community School Corp.
Wanted: sharp shots of school transportation
April 3, 2012
It’s time for SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Eighth Annual Photo Contest! Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
IC Bus announces expanded 2012 training schedule
April 3, 2012
Sessions for the manufacturer's IC Bus University will be held during the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, and will cover such topics as engines, bus electrical and bus maintenance. IC Bus is also offering an Advanced IC Bus University that will focus on advanced diagnostics.
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Student faces charges in flare gun bus fire
April 3, 2012
The 12-year-old boy faces arson and other charges after a flare gun inside a bag in his possession discharged, according to authorities. The driver quickly evacuated the students from the bus before it caught fire.
Tags: bus fires
Special-needs student steals bus, crashes into house
April 2, 2012
A school system in South Carolina changes its bus policy to prevent drivers from leaving keys on buses after the student steals a spare bus when he breaks free from his escort. The student and a person in the house are injured in the collision.
Collins' new NEXBUS design is shown in two prototype versions: high-top and low-top.
Collins unveils new Type A bus design
April 2, 2012
Added visibility and enhanced construction are among the features of Collins Bus Corp.'s NEXBUS. President Kent Tyler says that the company gathered input from "customers large and small, from mechanics to drivers, and from numerous experts in the industry."
VIDEO: School bus crashes into diner during Ind. tornado
April 2, 2012
Onboard footage shows the vehicle being lifted into the air before it was flung into a diner during a tornado in Henryville last month. In the video, driver Angel Perry can be heard providing instructions to students on board and safely evacuating them before the tornado hits the bus.
Tags: Indiana
Insurance firm offers contractors bus safety training
April 2, 2012
School bus companies insured by Safety, Claims and Litigation Services LLC will receive the Driver Training Course by School Bus Safety Co. as part of a loss control services package. Officials from the firm say they feel that using the course will make children safer while reducing the cost of risk to customers.
Blue Bird honors 35-year school bus driver
March 29, 2012
Earl Rineer, 89, receives a plaque at the manufacturer's headquarters for his dedication to public service and transporting students. Rineer works as a bus driver and trainer for Sague Bus Service in Pennsylvania, and he says he’ll continue working as long as he passes the medical requirements.
Bus driver reacts quickly to drunken driver
March 29, 2012
Kimberly Lincoln closes the door of her bus to keep students inside as a driver passes the bus on the right shoulder. The driver, Michael R. Malone, is found later passed out in his vehicle and is arrested for his 11th drunken driving offense.
Mich. bill calls for lower rear bus lights
March 29, 2012
The mother of two teens killed when their car crashed into a school bus speaks to Michigan lawmakers about legislation that would add a new, lower level of bright flashing rear lights to new school buses. If passed, the legislation would be called the Privacky Law, after the two crash victims.

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