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Nation’s highway traffic surges
March 3, 2011
A new federal report shows that Americans drove 3 trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007 and the third-highest ever recorded.
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the benefits of the yellow bus.
Photo by Scott Goble
Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 2, 2011
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
FlexPlay Pro, AngelTrax Bus Video’s new video data management platform, features a four- or eight-channel video display with selectable audio playback and an innovative blur feature.
AngelTrax offers new video data management platform
March 2, 2011
FlexPlay Pro can be used to analyze live and stored video surveillance and telematics. Features include remote system configuration, automatic wireless downloads, live video streaming, instant system health notifications and an enhanced user interface.
North Carolina districts could pay more transportation-related costs
March 1, 2011
Under her proposed 2012 budget, Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to eliminate the $57 million the state would spend on replacing school buses. She also wants local governments to pick up the costs for workers’ compensation claims for drivers, which are estimated at $35 million statewide.
In a new PSA in Utah, former basketball All-Star Mark Eaton explains that the state's school buses "save over $40 million and reduce over 11 million gallons of fuel."
NBA great promotes the yellow bus
March 1, 2011
In a new PSA in Utah, former basketball All-Star Mark Eaton explains that the state's school buses "save over $40 million and reduce over 11 million gallons of fuel."
Mike Shedor will oversee First Student's Kansas and central Missouri territories. He will also coach staff on the school bus contractor's safety policies and training programs.
First Student names new region operations manager
March 1, 2011
Mike Shedor will oversee the school bus contractor's Kansas and central Missouri territories, including locations in Jefferson City, Kansas City and Columbia in Missouri, and Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley in Kansas. He will also coach staff on First Student's safety policies and training programs.
Company provides small bus for students on hazardous road
March 1, 2011
The Red Lion Bus Co. vehicle will serve 18 students who attend a Pennsylvania school district. The children live off of a road deemed by the state to be too hazardous for walking, and it is too narrow for a regular-size school bus to navigate.
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses.
State directors to tally bus passing
February 28, 2011
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses — an ongoing problem that results in multiple student fatalities each year.
Blue Bird introduces financial service provider
February 28, 2011
Blue Bird Capital Services offers such solutions as commercial leases, loan agreements and municipal financing. Additionally, officials for the school bus manufacturer say customers will experience new opportunities with preferred rates and competitive finance programs.
Board objects to parents paying for bus service
February 24, 2011
The decision is made during a trustees meeting this week. Board members for the British Columbia district approved a motion for senior administration to more efficiently transport students. Monitoring ridership is one suggestion.
Tags: bus fees
Rally held in support of school bus kidnappers' release
February 24, 2011
Thirty-five years ago, James and Richard Schoenfeld and Fred Woods kidnapped 26 children and a driver from a school bus, intending to hold them for $5 million ransom. Supporters of the trio who attend the rally say that they are not a danger to society, but some of the victims say they should not be paroled.
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.

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