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Leonard Bus Sales opens new facility
February 16, 2012
The 32,000-square foot facility for bus sales, service and parts is located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and it replaces the company’s former facility in Mechanicville. The facility features 17 full-service bays, a 7,000-square foot parts department, a 60,000-pound lift and a parking lot that can accommodate 244 buses.
EPA awards grant to N.Y. contractor
February 16, 2012
Chestnut Ridge Transportation receives the grant to replace and/or upgrade the school bus fleets it operates for East Ramapo and Ramapo central school districts. The funding is awarded as part of the NSTA's "Go Yellow, Go Green" national campaign, which encourages cleaner operation of school buses.
AngelTrax releases new mobile video management tool
February 16, 2012
MOTOTrax allows users to view the status and location of their vehicles, determine the health of their mobile surveillance system and stream live video from vehicles in the field. It then organizes all the data into comprehensive, automated reports.
TBI information to be added to Pa. bus driver’s manual
February 16, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the process of including language in the agency’s school bus driver’s manual on the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and concussions, and the procedures drivers should follow if a student sustains such an injury. Jan McKnight of PennDOT discusses with SBF what led to this change in the manual and when the new version is expected to be available.
Among Massachusetts districts, Boston spends the most to meet homeless student transportation requirements, with a projected FY 2012 cost of $760,949. Photo by Rick Berk
Homeless student busing costs Mass. districts $11M
February 15, 2012
The costs stem from the state's participation in the federal McKinney-Vento program. State Auditor Suzanne Bump calls on lawmakers to allot funding for what she found to be "an unfunded state mandate."
Special-needs conference offers half-time option
February 15, 2012
For those who can't get away for five days or want to cut costs, a half-time option is now available for the Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers conference. The offer is exclusive to those who register online between Feb. 15 and Feb. 29.
Trans Tech promotes employees
February 15, 2012
Jose Vazquez is now director of operations and Andres Garcia is director of manufacturing for the school bus manufacturer. Vazquez has five years of experience in the school bus industry, and Garcia brings more than 26 years of experience in the school bus manufacturing industry to his new position. In other news, Trans Tech has added Wolfington Body Co. to its dealer network for the state of New Jersey.
Bus driver praised for actions during shooting
February 14, 2012
Police say the driver told the students on his bus to get down out of the line of fire, he was able to leave the scene of the incident and he then called dispatchers to notify police. Although one bullet reportedly hit the bus, no one was injured.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 81, which restores funding for home-to-school transportation for the 2011-12 fiscal year.Photo by Wikipedia user Coolcaesar
Funding restored for Calif. school transportation
February 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 81, which replaces the $248 million that was cut for the service with an across-the-board revenue limit reduction at all school districts in the state for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF this is welcome news, but he notes that more work must be done to restore funding for the long term, and he shares the association’s efforts to this end.
Zonar's ZTrak locates, tracks assets
February 14, 2012
The company's new solution provides accurate location data in a one-location-per-day cycle, officials say. Zonar leveraged the same HD GPS and cellular technology used in its fleet telematics platform to track non-vehicle items.
Last year, Norman Public Schools students honored bus drivers and monitors by spelling "We love the bus" with Styrofoam cups on a fence where the buses pull up to a school.
Okla. district to celebrate Love the Bus with hockey
February 14, 2012
Christy Clemons, assistant director of transportation for Norman Public Schools, partners with the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team and the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation to put on "Love the Bus Hockey Night" to honor bus drivers and monitors. Clemons tells SBF she hopes the event will inspire other districts in the state to celebrate Love the Bus month.
Riteway Bus founder Roland Bast passes
February 13, 2012
The longtime school bus contractor — as well as farmer and auctioneer — was regarded for his dedication to his employees and customers. He launched Riteway Bus in 1957 with four school buses that cost about $5,000 each.
Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall.
Ariz. district sees success with propane buses
February 13, 2012
Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the district will take delivery of six propane Blue Bird Type Cs.
NAPT offers group membership option
February 13, 2012
Association officials say that under the group pricing model, school bus drivers can get $10,000 of accidental death and dismemberment insurance coverage and office staff can participate in NAPT web seminars and network with peers in other states and countries. In addition, Professional Development Series courses and NAPT Summit registration are available at reduced rates.
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Industry touts its successes for Love the Bus
February 9, 2012
School transportation operations and organizations will hold events on or around Valentine's Day to promote the benefits of the yellow bus and to honor bus drivers.
Thomas Built Buses is adding 50 new line positions and increasing production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and other customers.
Thomas Built again steps up production, staff
February 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer adds 50 new line positions and increases production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and other customers. The company also expands its field sales and service teams, releases results of a fuel economy test and earns an environmental award.
Rotary mobile lift features operator-friendly design
February 9, 2012
The company's latest addition to its line of mobile column lifts, the RCH4, also features an automatic steering system, which makes it faster and easier to position the columns for service, officials say. Each column is identical and has a rated capacity of 18,000 pounds, for total lifting capacity of up to 144,000 pounds.
School bus documentary to premiere at film festival
February 9, 2012
"La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus," will premiere as an official selection at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March. The film follows a retired school bus on its journey from an auction in Pennsylvania to a highland town outside of Guatemala City.
Mo. bill would allow school bus ads
February 9, 2012
The legislation would require the state board of education to establish rules to authorize school boards to lease advertising space on the interior and exterior of buses. The bill specifies what types of ads are not appropriate, and 50 percent of a district's revenue from advertising would need to be used to offset the fuel costs of providing pupil transportation services.
A bill that would have affected contracted school bus drivers' ability to collect unemployment benefits died in the Pennsylvania General Assembly after its sponsor withdrew his name from the legislation. Photo by Wikipedia user Niagara
Contracted Pa. bus drivers still eligible for jobless benefits
February 9, 2012
School bus drivers in the state who work for private companies can continue to collect unemployment during the summer break in between school years after a bill that would have amended this law has died in the General Assembly — the bill’s sponsor has withdrawn his name from the legislation. Selina Pittenger, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, discusses with SBF the association’s efforts to prevent the bill from progressing.

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