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Poll probes transportation workers' sleep issues
March 5, 2012
About one-fourth of train operators and pilots admit that sleepiness has affected their job performance at least once a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says that the new poll, which includes bus drivers, "should serve as a literal 'wake-up call.'"
VIDEO: School bus torched by flare
March 5, 2012
Maryland State Police have in custody the student who they believe lit the flare on the bus. Twenty-eight students were on board at the time of the incident.
NTSB releases agenda for attentive driving forum
March 5, 2012
During the agency’s free one-day event, four panels of experts from federal and state governments, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocacy groups, law enforcement and the research community will discuss countermeasures to distracted driving. Officials say the panels will also consider recent research on driver distraction that could contribute to reducing such accidents.
Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances
March 5, 2012
The state Senate unanimously passes legislation that would increase the fine for passing a stopped school bus from $200 to up to $675 and also calls for up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. The bill is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year as she was walking across a road to board her school bus.
Special-needs school gets new bus
March 2, 2012
The 16-passenger bus replaces a school van that held five students. The bus will be used for field trips and to transport students to jobs.
2 more complete NAPT special-needs training
March 2, 2012
Cindy Cain of First Canada is the 19th person to complete the program, and Kathleen Furneaux of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute is the 20th. The association’s program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
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Hobson leaves NSTA
March 2, 2012
After about a year on the job, David Hobson departs his position as executive director of the school bus contractor group. President Magda Dimmendaal credits him for his work in membership growth and cash flow management, among other areas.
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Special-needs student found unconscious on bus
March 2, 2012
The 8-year-old girl is found unconscious in her wheelchair shortly after the bus arrives at her school. She dies after being transported to a medical center.
Contractor offers incentive for safety, attendance
March 1, 2012
Under a new program at North America Central/Illinois Central School Bus, staff members who are free of preventable accidents and workers’ comp claims and have perfect attendance for a given month are entered in a drawing to win a flat-screen TV.
Driver fired for falling asleep, crashing bus
March 1, 2012
Investigators determine that Bev Turner fell asleep at the wheel of her bus before it went off the road and down a ditch, eventually striking a concrete structure. Eight students suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Colleagues remember Joe Mirabella as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads
February 29, 2012
Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
Trans/Air releases educational BTU bulletin
February 29, 2012
The climate control manufacturer says its new bulletin helps bus transportation and maintenance personnel evaluate BTU ratings and use performance pull-down criteria as a critical step in specifying bus air-conditioning systems.
Bonneville County Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, plans to implement a program wherein adult volunteers will ride on buses to monitor student behavior.
 
District targets bus bullying with adult monitors
February 29, 2012
Under the effort at Bonneville County Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, volunteers will ride on some of the district’s buses, taking note of inappropriate behavior. Guy Bliesner, health, safety and security coordinator for the district, tells SBF that the volunteers will also distribute “bus bucks” — which can be redeemed for prizes — to students who behave well.
Tags: bullying
Camera system captures stop-arm violations
February 29, 2012
The camera system from Redflex Traffic Systems’ Student Guardian solution is installed on the front and rear driver's side of a school bus. It monitors traffic while the bus' stop arm is displayed, and data supporting possible violations, including video and images of license plates and drivers, is submitted to local law enforcement.
The commercial bus version of the Saf-T-Liner C2 does not have school bus guard rails, and it features panoramic, solid pane windows and optional coach-style recliner seating.
Thomas Built updates Type C unit for commercial bus use
February 28, 2012
The manufacturer introduces a new version of its Saf-T-Liner C2 bus design that officials say is well suited for long distance commuting, tour operators, city buses, university transit, shuttle buses, church groups and sports teams. The bus does not have school bus guard rails, and it features panoramic, solid pane windows and optional coach-style recliner seating.
After bus fire, N.C. districts check for wiring issues
February 28, 2012
No one was injured in the Feb. 8 school bus fire, in which worn wire coverings were found to be a likely cause. State officials direct school transportation departments to perform special inspections to help prevent any further incidents.
Bus in fatal N.J. crash ‘inched past’ stop sign, NTSB says
February 28, 2012
The agency’s ongoing investigation into the Feb. 16 accident involving a school bus and a dump truck reveals that the bus reportedly went past the stop sign because of bad sight lines. Investigators have found that at some locations at the intersection where the crash occurred, the line of sight was obstructed due to “environmental features,” and NTSB’s chief investigator says that possible improvements are being studied.
Calif. bill would allow exterior school bus ads
February 28, 2012
Senate Bill 1295 would enable school districts to choose whether to sell ad space on the exterior of buses, and choose how to spend any revenue raised. The state currently allows ads inside buses.
Photo by John Horton
Ads to be placed inside buses at Pa. district
February 27, 2012
The Parkland School District says it has the potential to generate about $150,000 in a year by selling 16 ad spaces inside a pilot fleet of 46 school buses. The signs will be made of a magnetic material and secured just above the bus windows.
SAE International to hold alternative-fuel symposium
February 24, 2012
The free online event in March is intended to help pupil transportation personnel make informed decisions about the pros and cons of converting their buses to hybrid-electric, propane or compressed natural gas technology. It will include supplier and peer-to-peer presentations, panel discussions and technology exhibits.

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