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Ill. bill would set new rules for awarding bus contracts
May 31, 2012
The General Assembly passes House Bill 4029, which would require that school districts award school bus contracts by first considering the bidder most able to provide safety and comfort for students, and stability of service. Then price may be considered. The legislation now awaits approval or veto from Gov. Pat Quinn.
Tags: Illinois
88% of Mo. school buses approved in annual inspection
May 31, 2012
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Motor Vehicle Inspection Division inspects 11,934 school buses, 10,538 of which receive approval. A total of 256 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
Espar heater controller is programmable
May 31, 2012
Espar's Multi-Max 1000 controller for its E-Guardian Series of bus heaters features a maximum run-time setting so that it will not run continuously when the heater is started manually. A programmable “set and forget” timer enables the heater start/stop sequence to be set in accordance with the fleet schedule.
New bus camera captures crisp images
May 31, 2012
Seon Design's CHW high-definition bus camera can capture the license plates of cars that illegally pass a stopped bus across a wide field of view, and when used as a front-facing camera, officials say it allows for a detailed image to assist in accident reconstruction. The camera can be used in conjunction with the company's new MX-HD five-channel DVR.
N.J. agency issues school bus classification change
May 30, 2012
Effective July 1, school buses traveling on the Garden State Parkway will be classified as either B2 or B3 vehicles depending on the number of axles. Officials say school bus operators will be able to continue paying Class 1 toll rates on the parkway by signing up for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s school bus discount.
Another Ga. district to deploy stop-arm safety solution
May 30, 2012
Newton County Schools and American Traffic Solutions partner to equip the district's buses with CrossingGuard, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus to capture video of the stop-arm violation and still images of the vehicle's license plate. Carroll County Schools in Carrollton, Ga., in April announced its intent to equip its buses with CrossingGuard.
Birnie Bus adds over 200 units with new contract
May 30, 2012
The Rome, N.Y.-based company will start work on a new school transportation contract in Duval County, Fla., in August. The pact will increase Birnie's fleet by about 221 large buses.
Proposed bus fees concern district’s board of trustees
May 29, 2012
Kamloops-Thompson School District No. 73 in Kamloops, British Columbia, is considering charging the fee to address a $300,000 to $500,000 budget shortfall. The suggestion leads trustees to call for outreach to area members of the legislative assembly to push for a review of the province’s formula that is used to determine busing needs, which they say is hurting their constituents.
Tags: bus fees
John Barrington joins Blue Bird dealership
May 29, 2012
The industry veteran is named transportation business manager for MacAllister Power Systems, where he will lead the school bus sales team, in addition to MacAllister’s on-highway parts and service sales. Barrington most recently served as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. at Lion Bus.
Nelson's Bus Service to assist in police training event
May 29, 2012
The company, which is a provider of school and commercial buses, will loan two school buses for use during police training exercises at the irTactical Active Shooter Training in June. Officials say the buses will provide officers with a “realistic training environment” for shooting scenarios that could occur on school buses.
Bear spotted at Fla. bus stop
May 29, 2012
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials believe the bear is young and in search of new territory. Residents say the bear was walking down the street in the morning and, if it had been a school day, children could have been in danger.
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Driver shortage at Texas district leads to busing changes
May 29, 2012
Vacant routes and driver absences lead the Katy Independent School District board of trustees to alter the district's transportation eligibility requirements to half a mile for elementary students and approximately one mile for junior high and high school students, up from the current three-tenths of a mile.
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STI honors military employees and families
May 29, 2012
The contractor asks its more than 9,000 employees to recognize those at the company who have served in the armed forces or are in active duty as part of Military Appreciation Month. The recognitions will continue throughout the year.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
Collins' Kent Tyler to lead E-ONE Inc.
May 24, 2012
Tyler, who serves as president of school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., is appointed president and CEO of E-ONE, which provides first responder apparatus. Officials say Tyler will continue his role at Collins for the immediate future alongside his new responsibilities at E-ONE.
Ohio district maintains county’s EMS vehicles
May 24, 2012
Gallipolis City School District partners with Gallia County Commissioners to service the county’s five EMS vehicles and one rescue truck. Troy Johnson, the district’s transportation/safety director, tells SBF that the partnership is saving the county approximately $30 a work hour, and the technicians work in staggered shifts so that it doesn’t interfere with their school bus-related duties.
Tags: Ohio
Boston district implements major transportation changes
May 24, 2012
Boston Public Schools aims to increase on-time performance and improve communication with students' families within its transportation department by routing months in advance and reviewing bus loading and unloading procedures. Staff members have also undergone customer service training.
SBF adds 4 new editorial advisers
May 24, 2012
Pupil transportation veterans Pam McDonald, Michael Dallessandro, Michael Shields and Don Ross are appointed to SCHOOL BUS FLEET's editorial advisory board, which provides vital input for the magazine and website.
IMMI offers discount for replacing old restraints
May 23, 2012
Through the SafeGuard Summer Exchange Program, a school district cuts the manufacturing labels and the webbing they’re sewn to from a retired vest or other child restraint and ships them to IMMI. For each valid product exchanged, the district receives a $15 coupon that can be applied to the purchase of one new STAR restraint from an authorized STAR distributor.
School bus driver Mao Lee (seated) oversees the Trip Tracker initiative at Boulder Valley School District’s Centennial Middle School in Boulder, Colo. These students have earned Trip Tracker dollars for walking, biking, carpooling or riding a bus to school.
District reduces parent drop-offs with Trip Tracker
May 23, 2012
With this initiative, Boulder Valley School District students earn “dollars” based on the number of times they walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school, and those dollars can be spent at local businesses. Peter Hurst, who developed the initiative, tells SBF that Trip Tracker has helped decrease by 117,000 miles the distance that parents drive their children to and from school.

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