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New machines have allowed Thomas Built Buses to reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Laser cutters boost quality, efficiency at Thomas Built
January 18, 2012
The new equipment allows the school bus manufacturer to eliminate five other machines, reorganize work flow and reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Transfinder achieves 13.5% revenue growth in 2011
January 17, 2012
The school transportation management solutions provider reports that along with the double-digit revenue growth, it added 169 new clients and increased staff to 60 last year.
District’s bus service unchanged despite funding cuts
January 17, 2012
Pupil transportation at Ukiah (Calif.) Unified School District will continue this school year without any changes even though the district’s funding for the service has been reduced by $467,000 due to statewide cuts. The district’s reserves are able to absorb the one-time reduction.
National Bus Sales certified as a women’s business enterprise
January 17, 2012
The provider of new and used buses receives the certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Southwest, signifying that the company is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
8 students treated after bus pepper spray incident
January 17, 2012
The students require medical attention after the substance is accidentally discharged on the bus. A police department spokesman says that to avoid such incidents, students who carry pepper spray should be informed on how to properly use it.
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Bus camera captures student sex assault
January 17, 2012
The incident is discovered after a parent requests that the Houston district's transportation department review conditions on the bus. The footage shows two 10-year-old boys assaulting an 8-year-old boy.
Blue Bird's factory training workshops will be offered five times in 2012, with class sizes limited to 25 attendees.
Blue Bird unveils new factory training dates
January 13, 2012
The free technical workshops will be offered five times this year, alternately focusing on Blue Bird's Vision and All American school buses. Classes are limited to 25 attendees and are expected to fill up quickly.
Firm provides financing for Atlantic Express bus purchase
January 12, 2012
Fleet Financing Resources funds $875,000 for Atlantic Express of L.A. Inc. that will go toward five 2012 compressed natural gas-fueled Blue Bird A3RE school buses. The transaction was partially supported by a $225,000 clean transportation grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
Trans Tech expands dealership network
January 12, 2012
Five more dealers across the U.S. are now selling the school bus manufacturer’s products, including the new eTrans all-electric bus. The dealerships are Davey Coach Sales, MVI Group, Uebelhor and Sons Chevrolet, Cumberland International and RWC International.
George Taylor, director of transportation at Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools, is interviewed during a MotorWeek segment about the district's new CNG buses.
TV show features Kan. district’s CNG buses
January 12, 2012
Kansas City Public Schools acquired a new fleet of 47 compressed natural gas school buses, made possible by a stimulus grant. The public television program MotorWeek gives an overview of the district’s project — from funding to fueling equipment.
Ohio district to reduce bus service to state minimum
January 12, 2012
Tiffin City Schools' board of education votes to reduce bus service so that next school year, only students in grades K-8 who live more than two miles away from school will ride a district bus. The plan is expected to save the district $120,000.
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Bus partially submerged on flooded road
January 12, 2012
The bus, which is carrying more than 50 elementary school students, is swept into a ditch and water enters the back of the bus after the driver tries to navigate the road. The sheriff's department evacuates the students using trucks.
Ky. school bus ad bill passes committee
January 11, 2012
The state Legislature’s House Education Committee approves House Bill 30, which would allow school boards to sell advertising space on school buses, and give them the authority to decide on the ads’ content. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
Stop-arm running on the rise, police in Wis. say
January 11, 2012
In Sturgeon Bay, officers have been dispatched to an increased number of illegal school bus passing incidents in the past few weeks. The police department takes the opportunity to urge motorists to do their part in keeping bus riders safe.
Faced with a reduction of more than $710,000 to its transportation budget due to statewide cuts, Southern Humboldt Unified School District has eliminated its transportation department.
Funding cuts prompt Calif. district to eliminate transportation department
January 10, 2012
Southern Humboldt Unified School District’s board of trustees votes to lay off 11 bus drivers and three other transportation employees in the wake of a more than $710,000 reduction in funding for transportation services, which is due to statewide budget cuts. The district’s superintendent discusses with SBF the next steps that will be taken to provide service for students.
7 students receive home detention for bus beating
January 10, 2012
Five girls and two boys are released to their parents and placed on home detention by a judge after they allegedly beat a 13-year-old girl on a school bus. They have been charged with felony battery and disorderly conduct.
Committee narrowly passes Fla. bus ad bill
January 10, 2012
The Senate Prekindergarten-12 Committee passes SB 344 with a 4-2 vote. The bill would have died, but a critic votes for it so that the bill's sponsor can make changes to it.
At less than 10 inches tall, ACT's CR-4 bus air-conditioning condenser unit increases roof clearance and eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
New rooftop a/c condenser has low profile
January 9, 2012
At less than 10 inches tall, American Cooling Technology's CR-4 bus air-conditioning condenser unit increases roof clearance and eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
First Student subsidiary buys Quebec bus company
January 9, 2012
With the $8.5 million deal, Autobus Transco begins operating Transport St. Leonard's 150 schools buses. As part of the transition, the experienced drivers will participate in 20 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
District to train special-ed students to use Metro
January 9, 2012
D.C. Public Schools and other city education leaders are identifying students who could be trained to take public transportation to school. The plan is designed to help reduce the $26,000-per-student annual cost of transporting them by school bus.

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