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Calif. agency to award $1M in grants for alt-fuel bus projects
February 6, 2012
Of the $1 million, $496,696 will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, and the rest will go to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project initiative. Kings Canyon’s grant money will fund two eTrans all-electric school buses, which will be among the buses the district loans out for trial operation at other school districts.
Man who longed to be a bus driver gets unexpected gift
February 6, 2012
Joey Moravchik, 40, is unable to become a school bus driver because he is developmentally disabled. His brother, Jeff, purchases a newly retired bus from Lake Shore Buses in Ashland, Wis., and surprises Moravchik with it on Christmas.
NTSB issues report on fatal Mo. bus crash
February 3, 2012
The agency finds problems with the brakes of the school buses involved in the accident. Among its recommendations to the state of Missouri is to require that students traveling to an activity or field trip in a school or school-chartered bus be instructed in safe riding practices. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart also addresses the agency’s call for a nationwide ban on driver use of electronics following the accident, saying it “may be scoped too narrowly.”
Durham honored for supporting Special Olympics chapter
February 3, 2012
The school bus contractor receives the Maggiano’s Hero Award from Special Olympics Illinois for its consistent volunteerism in the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, for providing buses and drivers for the Polar Plunge and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull, and for collecting new sports equipment for Area 2 as part of its Christmas drive.
Texas pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
February 3, 2012
Debbie Jones, director of transportation at Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District, is the 18th person to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings.
Tags: NAPT, Texas
Allison Transmission offers new model for school buses
February 2, 2012
The 1350 model, available in Allison’s Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series and other applications, comes equipped with a park pawl. The company says that this avoids the need for an air brake and enhances ease of use for the driver.
Motorist in fatal bus-passing incident sentenced to 15 years
February 2, 2012
Aaron Gunderson pleads guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving in the death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson. Halverson was killed last year when Gunderson failed to stop for a school bus that had engaged its flashing lights and stop sign.
Ohio bill would require schools to address bus bullying
February 2, 2012
The Jessica Logan Act, which will now go before Gov. John Kasich for approval, would mandate that schools provide education to students on bullying and develop policies to address the issue both online and on the school bus.
Tags: bullying, Ohio
Landmark Student Transportation names president
February 2, 2012
Kirk Flach joins the school bus company in the role, where he will oversee all aspects of its operations in North America. Flach, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, was most recently senior vice president of operations for National Express Corp.
Students and parents could not be charged a fee for transportation to and from school, under a bill making progress in the Indiana General Assembly. Photo by Wikipedia user Jasont82
Ind. bill aims to ban bus fees
February 1, 2012
Students and parents could not be charged a fee for transportation to and from school, under legislation that passed out of the Indiana House. The issue of school bus fees has been a source of contention in the state in recent years.
Fleet management visionary Charles Arsenault retires
February 1, 2012
As the founder of maintenance software supplier Arsenault Associates steps down, Jack Boetefuer is named CEO. Arsenault launched the company to serve the fleet maintenance sector in 1979.
Blue Bird offers Performance Friction products
February 1, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s North American dealers are now stocking the supplier’s Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads and Zero Failure rotors. This includes light- and medium-duty hydraulic pads and rotors, as well as heavy-duty air disc applications, for all makes in aftermarket school bus applications.
Cook-Illinois launches employee wellness initiatives
February 1, 2012
The school bus contractor has invested more than $22,000 in programs for its drivers, including a discounted membership program with Charter Fitness, and removed junk food and soda from its subsidiaries' vending machines, among other efforts. Employees are reportedly losing weight and interacting with one another more.
Mac Dann (left) and Dave Edwards helped evacuate residents in Walton, N.Y., before the city was flooded in September. Dann has worked for Walton Central School District as a sub driver for five years, and Edwards has been a full-time driver for three years.
Bus drivers help evacuate residents before N.Y. flood
February 1, 2012
Mac Dann and Dave Edwards, who work for Walton Central School District (CSD), transport people living in low-lying areas of the city to shelters at higher ground, and then bring them home after the water resides. Walton CSD Transportation Supervisor Tracy Williams discusses the effort with SBF.
Safety audit launched after girl dragged by bus
January 31, 2012
An 8-year-old girl in New York is pulled about 900 feet when her backpack gets caught in a closing school bus door, according to police. The driver is put on administrative leave, and the district begins an investigation of the incident and an audit of its transportation safety procedures.
Michael, one of the Project LIVE students who helped raise money to buy a bus, boards their vehicle for the first time. Operating the wheelchair lift is Transportation Supervisor Roger Saxton.
Students raise funds for much-needed bus
January 31, 2012
Project LIVE aims to take its special-needs students beyond the walls of their high school and into the community, but the program faced a challenge: It had no vehicle of its own to transport the students. Director Nicholas Slusser tells SBF about the tireless efforts to acquire a bus and to get it built and delivered ahead of schedule.
Huntington Coach receives $50K fleet equipment grant
January 30, 2012
The National School Transportation Association and Zonar Systems co-sponsor the grant, and it was presented to the school bus contractor during the association’s recent Mid-Winter Meeting. Company officials say the money will be used to finish installing GPS technology from Zonar on its fleets.
Trans Tech makes GSA’s list of approved vendors
January 30, 2012
The school bus manufacturer passes all U.S. General Services Administration testing standards and is placed on the list of approved vendors. Trans Tech can now sell its buses directly to federal agencies across the country.
Starcraft completes 25,000th bus
January 30, 2012
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer reached the milestone earlier this month when Creative Bus Sales in Chino, Calif., took delivery of the bus for Nevada RTC. President of Starcraft Bus and Federal Coach David Wright presents an award to Tony Matijevich, owner and president of Creative Bus Sales, to commemorate the event.
Teen safely stops bus after driver suffers heart attack
January 30, 2012
Seventeen-year-old Graceann Rumer takes the wheel and makes a U-turn to slow the bus down and avoid oncoming traffic after driver Charles Duncan collapses. Because Duncan is obstructing the brake pedal, Rumer puts the bus into park to stop it.

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