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Delaware governor proposes changes to pupil transportation funding
February 24, 2011
In his recommended fiscal year 2012 budget, Gov. Jack Markell calls for school districts to cover 10 percent of their bus route reimbursement costs. The new plan would also prevent districts from asking voters to approve increased taxes to cover transportation costs.
School district employees indicted for theft
February 24, 2011
Thomas Clement and Christopher Stamper turn themselves in to a Kentucky jail on Tuesday after being charged last week. An investigation found that the men purchased for personal use more than $10,000 worth of automotive items and other tools with school transportation funds.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood spoke to students and answered a variety of questions from them at a Love the Bus event in Maryland. 
Photo courtesy U.S. DOT
LaHood honors school bus drivers
February 24, 2011
The U.S. secretary of transportation and other dignitaries praise the nation's pupil transportation system at a Love the Bus event in Maryland.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) contracts its transportation service with several companies, including First Student. SPS Transportation Manager Tom Bishop said that under the district’s new transportation plan, service will be more dependable because routes will be streamlined.
District's revamped transportation plan will provide efficient service
February 24, 2011
Under the plan, which Seattle Public Schools’ transportation manager discusses with SBF, transportation zones will streamline bus routes for attendance-area elementary and K-8 schools. Ride times will decrease to 25 minutes or less, and about 80 buses will be taken off the road.
Virginia Rep. Jim Moran's H.R. 1 amendment, which would have eliminated funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, failed last week. Just over 350 members voted against Moran’s amendment.
Amendment to eliminate DERA funding rejected
February 22, 2011
Following news last week that President Obama proposed in his fiscal year 2012 budget to cut the $80 million for the EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign by stopping DERA funding next year, 352 legislators vote against an amendment that would have eliminated funding for the program.
New York association responds to executive budget proposal
February 22, 2011
New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella expresses concerns about the governor’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget, saying that the measures to reduce the overall costs of school transportation could adversely affect operations, student safety and efficiency. He urges the Legislature to consider cost-saving mandates the association has advanced.
NAPT recommends Transfinder fleet management solution
February 22, 2011
The association adds Servicefinder to its Recommended Products Program. Products in the program are deemed essential to personal growth and development and operational safety and efficiency by NAPT.
Tags: NAPT, routing
Student dies after being run over by school bus
February 22, 2011
The 10-year-old student misses the bus at a bus stop and is run over by the vehicle's rear tires when he falls after running alongside the bus. The accident is under investigation.
Trans Tech Bus adds dealer
February 22, 2011
Leonard Bus Sales, which has four locations in New York state, joins the Type A manufacturer’s network.
California agency designates $19M for hybrid vehicle voucher program
February 22, 2011
Under the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, public and private fleets statewide can reserve a voucher for up to $40,000 for fuel-efficient hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles through a participating dealership when the vehicle is ordered. The voucher will be redeemed at the time of purchase.
Daytona 500 fans get a lift from First Student
February 22, 2011
The school bus contractor's charter division provides free shuttle service for spectators of the Florida auto race.
This painting by Diane Alley ties in with her operation's system of animal magnets, which help elementary students find their bus.
School bus driver livens up lounge with mural
February 17, 2011
The painting by Ohio's Diane Alley ties in with her operation's system of animal magnets, which help elementary students find their bus.
District to implement three-tier transportation system
February 17, 2011
Officials at the Georgia school district say the system will save nearly $1.5 million due to a decreased need for personnel, buses and fuel. Elementary, middle and high school start and finish times will be staggered, and combined routes will be eliminated.
Seon Design introduces mobile surveillance system package
February 17, 2011
The solution includes fleet management software, a DVR, and video and recorded data management software.
Obama proposes to stop DERA funding in 2012
February 17, 2011
The news comes as the president’s administration releases the fiscal year 2012 budget. The DERA authorizes the allocation of grant funding for the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, which has helped pupil transportation operations reduce emissions from their school buses by providing money for pollution-control technology.
Tags: emissions, EPA
Special-needs course draws praise
February 17, 2011
A training program for special-needs drivers from the School Bus Safety Co. has been earning high marks from pupil transportation professionals. One calls it "a wonderful course that covers every issue in transporting students with special needs."
Student Transportation appoints new exec, acquires bus company
February 16, 2011
Patrick Vaughan is named chief operating officer for the contractor’s North American school bus division. He will be responsible for maintaining the company’s service standards, leading the operations team and integrating new business. In other news, the contractor has acquired Rhode Island-based Ocean State Transit.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder introduced a bill in the Idaho Legislature that would allow local boards of trustees to sell advertising space on school buses.
Idaho lawmaker introduces school bus advertising bill
February 16, 2011
The legislation would allow local boards of trustees to sell the advertising space. The state board of education would draft rules that would provide for the safe placement of the advertisements, and provide for reasonable restriction on advertising content. In Utah, an amended bill on the subject has been approved by the House.
District to continue with contracted bus service
February 16, 2011
The business manager for a Massachusetts school district proposes using district-owned buses for student transportation, saying it would save $62,000 this year, but the district's school committee rejects the proposal. The committee’s vice chairperson says he could not see long-term savings with the plan, and the longevity of the buses was an issue for him.
Former Oklahoma state director begins new job
February 15, 2011
Randy McLerran starts work this week at National Bus Sales, which offers new, used and reconditioned buses, as well as bus customization services. McLerran, who has 31 years of experience in the industry, will serve as a school transportation specialist and sales representative.
Tags: Oklahoma

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