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Texas district acquires 12 propane buses
June 30, 2011
Friendswood Independent School District will replace diesel buses with the propane units and install an on-site propane fueling station with grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Tags: propane, Texas
GreenRoad adds safety, efficiency features to driver management solution
June 30, 2011
The company has increased the functionality of GreenRoad 360 by adding posted speed performance and idling heat maps and expanding its data integration ability.
Teen fatally struck by tractor-trailer
June 29, 2011
The accident occurs when Aniya Williams is trying to catch a city bus in Staten Island, N.Y. Williams used to ride a school bus, but service to her school was eliminated. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill to mandate that the city Department of Education provide school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school.
AngelTrax compact mobile DVR features wireless technology
June 29, 2011
The company’s MicroLinx video surveillance solution has built-in wireless LAN connectivity, which allows users to view live, streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications from their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network. The unit comes standard with four high-resolution audio and video channels.
NAPT, Zonar offer another $50K grant
June 28, 2011
The grant is for fleet management technology from Zonar that targets school bus security and efficiency. It will go to a school system whose transportation director is an NAPT member.
Transportation redesign expected to save over $700K
June 28, 2011
With dwindling transportation reimbursements from the state, an Illinois school district will launch a plan to cut busing costs for the 2011-12 school year. Strategies include consolidating bus stops, modifying start and end times and removing stops for non-riders.
Sprigeo.com is an anonymous online bullying reporting tool for students. If a student files a report on the site, it is directed in an e-mail to his or her school's administrator.
Online reporting tool provides proactive approach to bullying prevention
June 28, 2011
Joe Bruzzese, an instructor at at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Westmont College, creates Sprigeo.com to provide students with a safe, easy way to report on bullying. The system, he tells SBF, helps school administrators prevent violence on the bus and in school.
Tags: bullying
First Student honors top-performing managers
June 28, 2011
The company presents its inaugural Presidential Awards of Excellence to contract and regional managers. Officials who rated best-in-class in safety, customer service and overall performance categories are recognized.
District set to cut regular-education bus service
June 24, 2011
The news comes after the president for the Texas district's school board says voters turned down requests to raise taxes by about $260 per year for a $200,000 home. Officials say eliminating the service will save more than $2 million.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for service excellence
June 24, 2011
Six pupil transporters from around the state receive the 2011 Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award during the association’s summer conference. The drivers are nominated by their supervisors, and the applications are judged on such criteria as dedication to safety, community service achievements and communication with school staff.
Tags: Minnesota
LaHood to speak at NSTA meeting
June 22, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary will address school bus contractors at their annual gathering next month. The association also recently recruited U.S. Rep. Tim Scott as a speaker.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
Company's vehicle lifts meet certification standards
June 22, 2011
All three models of Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s WPLS series of wireless mobile column lifts meet all requirements for certification under the current national standard, ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006, and the ALI Automotive Lift Certification Program.
Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.
Bus driver logs nearly 65 years behind the wheel
June 22, 2011
Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus since the end of World War II and has only missed one day of work. His accomplishment has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
School bus safety zone legislation signed into law
June 20, 2011
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approves a bill that doubles fines for moving violations committed in a school bus safety zone and makes killing a child getting off a school bus a 15-year felony. A second bill approved by Snyder adds the new felony offense to the state's sentencing guidelines.
Former NFL player to start school bus service
June 20, 2011
Troy Evans forms LBS Bus Service with the hope of helping about 9,000 students from an Ohio school district who will lose bus service next year due to budget cuts. Drivers will be screened, and all of the district's rules and guidelines will be followed.
New laws target safety at school, on the bus
June 17, 2011
Several of the changes brought about by bills signed into law in Virginia focus on pupil transportation. They include restricting sex offenders' access to school buses and allowing video cameras on buses to record illegal passing.
This new Type C school bus, with a body by Lion Bus and a chassis by Spartan Chassis, will be available in the U.S. and Canada.
New entry in large school bus market
June 17, 2011
Spartan Chassis will provide front-engine diesel chassis for use on Type C school buses by new manufacturer Lion Bus, whose founders were both involved with Type A school bus maker Michel Corbeil Enterprises.

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