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Technology firm has school bus market openings
July 13, 2011
The company is looking for sales or business development experts in the school bus market. The positions require individuals with industry contacts, regionally or across the country.
When last month’s flood began to affect the area around Minot (N.D.) Public Schools, employees emptied seven schools, filling school buses, vans and a tractor-trailer with library books and other equipment.
North Dakota operation takes action during massive flood
July 13, 2011
When the water began to affect the area around Minot Public Schools last month, transportation department personnel and other district employees emptied seven schools, transporting books and other supplies and equipment to the transportation facility, which did not sustain damage. Director of Purchasing and Transportation Barry Brooks tells SBF about the experience and discusses the challenges the district faces in the weeks ahead.
Bus inspections on hold during Minnesota shutdown
July 12, 2011
The state government halted at the beginning of July after legislators failed to agree on a new budget. At the Office of Pupil Transportation Safety, Lt. Ed Carroll and the tech sergeants are on duty and will respond to any crashes, but the bus inspectors are not working during the shutdown.
Secure digital card option doubles Rosco recorder capacity
July 12, 2011
Officials say the new 32 GB secure digital card option for the company's Dual-Vision windshield-based recorder increases the length of continuous recording to 30 hours. Prior generation Dual-Vision recorders are suitable for the option, but require a firmware update.
District struggles to break even with fee-for-service busing
July 12, 2011
The transportation department for the Colorado school system has signed up only half of the 3,000 student riders needed to break even with the new program. Students must pay $1 per ride. School board officials say if the operation can't meet its obligations for service, they could consider working with bus companies that bid on the service.
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A national survey conducted by state pupil transportation directors this spring found that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. Pictured is a demonstration of illegal passing during an Operation Stop Arm event in North Carolina a few years ago.
Survey confirms 'alarming' number of illegal passes
July 11, 2011
The first national survey of stop-arm running finds that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says that the association, which conducted the survey, hopes that the results will "trigger more safety countermeasures within states and at the national level."
Krapf acquires Septran Inc.
July 11, 2011
Septran provides school transportation for special-needs students in Illinois and Minnesota. Blake Krapf, CEO of Krapf Bus Companies Inc., says that the owner and founder of Septran is ready to retire and wanted to ensure that the company he built continues to be family-owned and employee-centered.
Cummins Westport achieves engine production milestone
July 11, 2011
The company’s plant in North Carolina builds the 10,000th ISL G natural gas engine, which can be used in school buses. Officials say this makes the ISL G the largest single automotive natural gas engine production in Cummins history. Key features of the unit include power ratings from 250 to 320 horsepower and up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.
Transfinder to showcase attendance tracking module at conference
July 11, 2011
The new technology from the school transportation software provider will be on view at the company’s booth during the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s 53rd Annual Conference and Trade Show next week. Officials say the module determines actual versus potential riders on a bus and a ridership trend can then be tracked.
Special-needs student survives fall from bus on freeway
July 8, 2011
The boy only sustains lacerations after falling out of the bus' rear emergency exit. District officials say freeway noise may have prevented the driver from hearing an alarm signaling that the door was open. When an attendant goes to check on the student, she sees the door is partially open and that the boy is not in the bus.
Review: Transporting Students With Special Needs
July 8, 2011
Special-needs transportation specialist Cheryl Wolf writes that this training course by the School Bus Safety Co. is a "great resource" that provides a large amount of information on the topic. The program includes a driver’s job aid that can be placed on the bus as a step-by-step reminder of best practices.
NAPT special-needs training program offered nationwide
July 8, 2011
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Blue Bird officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Blue Bird unveils next-generation propane school bus
July 7, 2011
Company officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Last transportation payment saved for Illinois districts
July 7, 2011
The state’s 2011 fourth quarter transportation payment had been targeted to be cut. But while that reimbursement has been restored, a new challenge surfaces: Gov. Pat Quinn has cut from his budget about $89 million for transportation for the next school year.
Ariz. districts serve free summer meals on buses
July 7, 2011
The Litchfield Elementary School District is inspired to serve meals through the state's Summer Food Service Program on its buses by another district's successful mobile meal program. The buses offer an alternative to parks, where heat is often a deterrent for students.
The design specifications of the CR-2 unit include a one-piece "drop in" construction to reduce the time it takes to complete the installation.
ACT roof-mount A/C condenser has low-profile design
July 7, 2011
American Cooling Technology's CR-2 is 7 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds. Company officials say its low height increases roof clearance, while its tapered leading edge eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
Student Transportation to acquire four school bus companies
July 6, 2011
The contractor has signed letters of intent for each of the acquisitions, which are scheduled to close prior to the start of the school year in August. They will add more than 150 vehicles to the company’s fleet and annualized revenues of over $7.8 million.
Thomas Built announces activity bus rental program
July 6, 2011
The manufacturer’s MyBus vehicles with a 14-passenger configuration are available for short- and long-term rental through the company’s dealers. The program includes complete physical damage and liability insurance.
Elliott to stay on in new role at National Express Corp.
July 5, 2011
School bus contracting veteran John Elliott, who previously served as interim president and CEO of National Express Corp., will focus on customer and employee relations and will represent the company within the industry.
Conn. allows video in citing stop-arm runners
July 5, 2011
Warning signs have to be posted on school buses equipped with surveillance systems to catch the violations. Images have to clearly show the license plate number of passing vehicles.

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