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NTSB to meet on fatal Mo. school bus crash
December 9, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday to determine the probable cause and consider proposed safety recommendations. In the August 2010 accident in Gray Summit, a school bus struck the back of a pickup truck and then was struck by another school bus. Two teens were killed.
Woman arrested, charged in fatal stop-arm passing
December 8, 2011
No bond is set for the 51-year-old motorist who is accused of striking and killing a 17-year-old as she left her school bus on Tuesday. The district attorney says that the court “is concerned with the mental status of this client.”
In an extended veto session last week, the Illinois General Assembly failed to restore school transportation funds that were cut by Gov. Pat Quinn. Photo by Daniel Schwen
$89M cut to Ill. school transportation stands
December 8, 2011
The Illinois General Assembly fails to restore the funds, cut by Gov. Pat Quinn, in an extended veto session last week. But state pupil transportation director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that salaries were restored for personnel at Regional Offices of Education, which perform services including school bus driver training.
The California Association of School Transportation Officials has worked with education agencies in the state to urge legislators to repeal a proposed $248 million "trigger cut" to school transportation.Photo by Wikipedia user Coolcaesar
Calif. groups fight proposed $248M cut to school transportation
December 8, 2011
The California Association of School Transportation Officials partners with education groups in contacting legislators to urge them to repeal the cut and inform them of the negative impact it would have. Mike Rea, government relations chairperson for the association, discusses these efforts with SBF.
Lighting film adheres to many surfaces, has low profile
December 8, 2011
Grote Industries' new LightForm Emergency Egress Lighting Film features LED lighting technology to enhance vehicle safety. It can conform to the shape and contours of virtually any door or exit, and it can't shatter, according to the company.
Tags: lighting
Drivers asked to remove Christmas decorations on buses
December 8, 2011
The company that the drivers work for receives an e-mail from the transportation agency it serves stating that using decorated buses is not allowed under a policy that has been in place for many years.
District provides free transit passes for high schoolers
December 7, 2011
Portland (Ore.) Public Schools students in grades 9 through 12 will continue to receive TriMet passes through June 14, 2012, under an agreement that was announced on Monday. Passes had been set to expire in December due to lack of funds, but TriMet, the city of Portland and the district contributed money to close the funding gap.
Forsythe transfers Anchorage contract to MV Transportation
December 6, 2011
The change was completed on Monday, with the latter company now operating two-thirds of Anchorage (Alaska) School District’s bus routes. District officials say the only difference students and parents will see is that “the name on the side of the bus has changed.”
Atlantic Express buys 25 Collins propane buses
December 6, 2011
The school bus contractor purchases the Collins Bus Corp. Type A propane-powered buses for its Los Angeles Unified School District contract. The buses are built on General Motors chassis with liquid propane injection systems by CleanFuel USA.
NAPT offers free shipping with calendar purchase
December 6, 2011
The deal applies to the $10 purchase of the association’s 13-month National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) wall calendar. The calendar, which includes state and national conference dates, features award-winning student artwork that was created for NAPT’s NSBSW poster contest.
Tags: NAPT
R.I. school bus ad bill to be reintroduced
December 6, 2011
Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow Rhode Island school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior of their school buses. It would also authorize school committees to negotiate with private school bus carriers regarding the content of any ads and the sharing of revenue from them.
Liquefied petroleum gas will be an option for the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 4500 vans, which are used in Type A school bus applications.
GM to offer LPG option for school bus cutaways
December 6, 2011
The 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 4500 vans, which are used in Type A school bus applications, will be available with a 35 gallon useable fuel capacity LPG system. Company officials say a one-stop-shop approach will make ordering convenient.
Eight children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. in the 2010-11 school year.
Image by James Kraemer,
Danger zone deaths drop to 8
December 5, 2011
The number of children killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. falls to the lowest level since the 2007-08 school year. According to the latest data, for 2010-11, four of the students were struck by their own bus, and four were struck by a passing vehicle.
Transportation officials complete NAPT special-needs training program
December 5, 2011
Barry R. Sudduth in Virginia, Joy E. Winnie in Massachusetts, David Weissman in South Carolina and Karen Holstein in Texas are the 14th through 17th people, respectively, to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings.
Tags: NAPT
Facts on charter schools for special-needs students
December 2, 2011
A new guide from the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities answers 10 common questions about charter schools, including whether they are responsible for providing transportation. The document includes links to state-specific resources.
Ohio pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
December 2, 2011
Dona Marie Beauchea of FirstGroup America in Cincinnati is the 13th person in the nation to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT, Ohio
Woman vandalizes buses, goes on joyride
December 2, 2011
Jillian Tetterton is arrested after she damages seven buses at a North Carolina primary school and then steals one used to transport special-needs students, with plans to take it to California. She faces multiple charges.
Special-needs driver acts quickly before bus fire
December 2, 2011
Kay Brown is praised for safely evacuating the students from her bus after she notices smoke coming from the engine compartment. The bus erupts into flames a short time later.
Tags: bus fires
Girls in bus fight wield knife, scissors
December 1, 2011
Four middle school girls get into an argument on a morning bus ride, and household blades are brandished. Some students complain of being hurt, but no one appears to be stabbed, officials say.
GreenRoad survey highlights fleet management challenges
December 1, 2011
Forty percent of respondents to the company’s Fleet Leaders Survey cite that saving money by reducing fleet fuel consumption is their biggest challenge, while 21 percent cite reducing crash costs. The survey also asks respondents about driving performance.

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