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Michael, one of the Project LIVE students who helped raise money to buy a bus, boards their vehicle for the first time. Operating the wheelchair lift is Transportation Supervisor Roger Saxton.
Students raise funds for much-needed bus
January 31, 2012
Project LIVE aims to take its special-needs students beyond the walls of their high school and into the community, but the program faced a challenge: It had no vehicle of its own to transport the students. Director Nicholas Slusser tells SBF about the tireless efforts to acquire a bus and to get it built and delivered ahead of schedule.
Huntington Coach receives $50K fleet equipment grant
January 30, 2012
The National School Transportation Association and Zonar Systems co-sponsor the grant, and it was presented to the school bus contractor during the association’s recent Mid-Winter Meeting. Company officials say the money will be used to finish installing GPS technology from Zonar on its fleets.
Trans Tech makes GSA’s list of approved vendors
January 30, 2012
The school bus manufacturer passes all U.S. General Services Administration testing standards and is placed on the list of approved vendors. Trans Tech can now sell its buses directly to federal agencies across the country.
Starcraft completes 25,000th bus
January 30, 2012
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer reached the milestone earlier this month when Creative Bus Sales in Chino, Calif., took delivery of the bus for Nevada RTC. President of Starcraft Bus and Federal Coach David Wright presents an award to Tony Matijevich, owner and president of Creative Bus Sales, to commemorate the event.
Teen safely stops bus after driver suffers heart attack
January 30, 2012
Seventeen-year-old Graceann Rumer takes the wheel and makes a U-turn to slow the bus down and avoid oncoming traffic after driver Charles Duncan collapses. Because Duncan is obstructing the brake pedal, Rumer puts the bus into park to stop it.
Navistar names new marketing exec
January 27, 2012
Kathy Seegebrecht will serve the company as vice president, marketing, for the global bus division. Seegebrecht, who previously served as vice president, marketing, for Navistar’s parts group, replaces David Hillman.
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Fras-le expands manufacturing capabilities
January 26, 2012
Fras-le North America Inc. will begin producing heavy-duty lining at its friction manufacturing facility in Prattville, Ala. The expansion will involve the hiring of nearly 100 employees in 2012 and 2013.
Thomas Built to offer hands-on bus maintenance training
January 26, 2012
The school bus OEM will hold two sessions of its Thomas Built Institute this year. The first will take place at the company's High Point, N.C., facility April 24-27 and will include hands-on training covering a number of topics.
Stolen buses in Mo. haven't been found
January 25, 2012
At least eight school buses have disappeared from five locations in St. Louis County and Jefferson County in the past year. Police have notified the FBI.
Iowa governor supports stricter illegal bus passing penalties
January 25, 2012
Loved ones of Kadyn Halverson, who was killed by a pickup truck as she was walking to board her school bus, have been lobbying legislators to pass a bill on the subject. Gov. Terry Branstad has asked the state departments of public safety, education and transportation to work with lawmakers to craft the legislation.
Student Transportation honored for anti-bullying efforts
January 25, 2012
The school bus contractor is named 2011 Company of the Year by the nonprofit organization Unique Gifted Loveable You. Student Transportation Inc.'s bullying prevention training programs, which include having drivers maintain a positive bus environment, helped the company earn the accolade.
Bill would cut Calif. district funding to restore transportation money
January 24, 2012
Senate Bill 81 would replace the recent $248 million reduction in funding for home-to-school transportation with an across-the-board reduction to all districts equal to about $42 per student. Officials say this would shift the budget burden to suburban districts that don't offer much bus service.
Bus driver dies following accident in parking lot
January 24, 2012
Andrea Chapman, who worked for a Pennsylvania bus company, is walking across the company’s lot when she is struck by another driver in his personal vehicle. She later passes away due to head injuries.
NAPT's new metrics project aims to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.
New NAPT project targets service assessment
January 23, 2012
The association takes aim at the “next big thing” in pupil transportation as work groups develop key performance indicators and other aspects of the metrics project. President Alexandra Robinson says that the goal is to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.
Bus driver resigns after student struck by car
January 23, 2012
Stephen Wilson is cited with reckless conduct after he reportedly fails to engage his bus' warning lights and stop sign as a student exits the bus and begins to cross the road. The student is struck by the side mirror of a passing car but does not suffer any major injuries.
Water main break causes sinkhole that traps bus
January 23, 2012
City crew workers in Bloomington, Ill., patch the water main following last week’s incident wherein the school bus fell into a 4-foot-deep hole after the pavement caved. The driver and passengers on the bus were not injured.
Survey: 66% support cameras to capture illegal bus passing
January 23, 2012
The study, which was conducted for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., also shows that 77 percent of the 2,112 adults surveyed agree that school bus drivers are too busy focusing on student safety to record information of vehicles that illegally pass their stopped buses.
School bus ad bill passes Ky. House
January 19, 2012
Sponsor Rep. Terry Mills calls it “a simple bill with the sole intent of generating revenue for local school districts.” But some legislators have raised concerns about safety risks and the potential for school-inappropriate ad content.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
Driver trapped under bus for 50 minutes
January 19, 2012
While Meridith Cole is inspecting a possible broken tire chain, her bus slides, trapping her face down in the snow underneath the door. A tow truck assists in raising the bus off of Cole, and she is transported to a hospital, and then a medical center, where she was in fair condition on Wednesday.
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