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IC Bus has selected Delco Remy's 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator.
Delco Remy alternators now standard on IC Bus
July 30, 2014
IC Bus selects the 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator. Other Delco Remy products — the 29MT and the 39 MT — already hold the standard starter position.
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New school bus window among Blue Bird’s enhanced features
July 29, 2014
The manufacturer’s new E-Z Window, which is featured on the Vision and All American school buses, is said to feature a smoother, more ergonomic design. Blue Bird also launches enhanced features in luggage compartments, air conditioning and brakes for its buses.
Bedford City School District acquired three of Lion’s Type C school buses through Bobby’s Truck And Bus Repair.
Ohio school district buys 3 new Lion buses
July 29, 2014
Bedford City School District becomes the first district in Ohio to purchase Type C school buses made by Lion Bus. According to Transportation Supervisor Patrick Carney, the vehicle “will result in substantial cost-savings over the lifespan of the bus.”
One of Seon's new offerings is the Trooper TL-HD, a compact, high-resolution digital video recorder.
Seon launches 2 new mobile surveillance products
July 28, 2014
The surveillance supplier's new offerings for school buses are a compact, high-resolution digital video recorder and a web-based version of Seon's video management software.
Audit: District could save $1.2M yearly by cutting secondary school busing
July 28, 2014
The study was requested by the Worchester (Mass.) City Council because of increases in “non-education” spending. Many oppose the idea of cutting bus service for grades 7-12, and one School Committee member says it would be an “academic disaster” due in part to chronic absenteeism.
Pictured are some of the 14 men who were recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey.
2 school bus drivers arrested in child pornography sweep
July 25, 2014
The school bus drivers are among 14 men recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey. One of the drivers allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images with an underage male he met online.
The Environmental Protection Agency will provide another $3 million in rebates for the purchase of new school buses.
EPA offers $3M in school bus purchase rebates
July 25, 2014
Karl Simon, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Office's Transportation and Climate Division, shares the news during NSTA's annual meeting. EPA provided $2 million in 2012 for school bus purchase rebates, and the program received over 1,000 applications for the 28 awards made.
Tags: EPA, NSTA
The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios.
School bus safety videos show responses to shooter
July 25, 2014
The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios. The videos are designed to be used as a training tool for drivers to reduce potential injuries and fatalities that could result during violent acts.
Collins Bus and The Bus Centre personnel are pictured here at this year's Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference in Saskatchewan.
Collins Bus names new dealer in Canada
July 24, 2014
The Bus Centre is now the authorized dealer for Collins/Corbeil Type A buses in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Clinton Global Initiative partner wins grant to build electric school buses
July 24, 2014
The Commissioners of the California Energy Commission approved a grant to National Strategies for $1.4 million for an all electric school bus demonstration program in California. Coupled with a previous grant, the total of $2.2 million will lead to the development of six buses that will be deployed in Torrance Unified School District, Kings Canyon Unified School District and Napa Valley Unified School District.
NSTA President Tim Flood (left) presented Robert "Bob" Pudlewski of Fleet Ops Consulting with the Hall of Fame Award.
NSTA honors industry excellence at annual conference
July 24, 2014
Awards presented include its Gold Merit Award, Hall of Fame Award, and the Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Grant. The organization also recognized Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program members.
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District to add security cameras, microphones to buses
July 24, 2014
Boston Public Schools is equipping its 750 school buses with cameras and microphones to help school officials to more thoroughly investigate reports of bullying, other disciplinary issues and traffic accidents. Although students generally behave well on the buses, drivers wrote up about 5,600 incident reports documenting misconduct during the past school year, and officials hope the presence of the cameras will deter bad behavior.
Newton County Schools received a GaDER Blue Sky Award for cutting emissions in at least 75% of its school bus fleet. Pictured left to right: Stacy Allman, EPD environmental specialist and coordinator of the GaDER Program; Michael Barr, director of support services, Newton County School System; Randall Luna, transportation coordinator, Newton County School System; and William Cook, EPD environmental engineer and manager of the GaDER Program.
36 Georgia districts awarded for cutting bus emissions
July 24, 2014
The districts were honored at the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s 50th Annual Conference & Trade Show last month with the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Awards. Three districts were recognized for reducing emissions in 75% or more of their school bus fleet.
SCHOOL BUS FLEET magazine Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented Student Transportation Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher with its Contractor of the Year award.
Denis Gallagher named SBF Contractor of the Year
July 23, 2014
The Student Transportation Inc. founder and leader has led his company through remarkable growth while maintaining a 95% contract renewal rate over 17 years. Gallagher has also been at the forefront in adopting alternative fuels in school transportation — his company has made the largest single order of propane school buses to date: more than 400.
Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Nebraska school’s propane bus investment pays off
July 22, 2014
Omaha Public Schools and Student Transportation Inc. (STI) collaborated on the district’s deployment of 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses last summer, which has saved approximately $200,000 versus diesel. In a new video released last week by the Propane Education & Research Council, school officials and the contractor explain the convenience of maintenance, cost savings, and performance of the buses in the state’s frigid winters.
On July 20, 100 contestants competed in one of three categories: conventional, small bus, or transit.  Pictured here are buses used in the small bus category at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina.
3 previous winners take top spots in bus safety competition
July 22, 2014
At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.
Washingtonville Central School District saves 40% per gallon on fuel costs and 30% on routine maintenance costs compared to diesel, according to a recent case study.
District sees lower costs, emissions with propane buses
July 21, 2014
A case study on Washingtonville (N.Y.) Central School District’s usage of Blue Bird buses equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems finds that the district spent about 30% less on maintenance for the autogas portion of its fleet and will eliminate about 120,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per bus during the lifetime of the vehicles.
Many school districts employ multiple surveillance cameras per bus for a broad range of views. Photo by Bill McChesney - Flickr: 32980
Trends in school bus camera implementation
July 21, 2014
An analysis of recent school district contracts for bus video surveillance systems finds an average purchase of three cameras per bus. That and other dynamics are identified in this article by market analyst Paul Irby.
Quantum XXI Inc. has developed GOLDbus, a computer tablet technology for school buses. GPS/AVL is built into the tablet and includes features such as real-time and historical data, including bus locations, speed, and departure and arrival times.
Quantum’s GPS/AVL integrated solution offers full range of software features
July 21, 2014
Quantum XXI Inc. has developed GOLDbus, a computer tablet technology for school buses and other fleets that is vastly improved over the old GPS/AVL firmware approach. The supplier worked directly with school districts to determine features that enhance student safety and driver accountability and bring savings to districts.

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