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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
Eaton system available for IC Bus hybrid
February 15, 2011
Eaton Corp. worked with IC Bus to specially design its hybrid system for school bus deployment. The hybrid bus combines the MaxxForce DT engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kilowatt.
Maine could adopt new rule about transporting alcohol on buses
February 15, 2011
The state Department of Education is considering a rule next year that would prohibit school bus drivers from having unopened containers of alcohol in their vehicles after students found their driver's unopened beer on the bus. Currently, there is no state law that prohibits this.
In Alabama, Transportation South, a provider of school buses, held a Love the Bus celebration on Valentine's Day to honor the state’s bus drivers. Nearly 150 people attended.
Operations honor staff during Love the Bus month
February 15, 2011
At events held around the country — many of which took place on Valentine’s Day — school bus drivers and others involved in transporting students are recognized for their dedication. Barbecue lunches and breakfasts are among the celebratory activities.
GM unveils propane option for cutaways
February 14, 2011
For the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans, GM will offer a “one-stop-shop” approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system. The cutaways can be converted to various school bus, commercial, shuttle bus and RV requirements.
Teen escapes attempted abduction at bus stop
February 14, 2011
A man grabs the 14-year-old girl and tries to remove some of her clothing, but she is able to free herself. The victim then runs home and reports the incident to her mother; detectives are working to generate a composite sketch of the suspect.
Students produce public safety video on illegal bus passing
February 10, 2011
The 30-second public service announcement demonstrates that protecting the lives of students is worth waiting the extra time for a stopped school bus. It was produced in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; authorities report that between September and January, they received 60 complaints of illegal passing incidents.
AngelTrax announces additions to mobile DVR line
February 10, 2011
The company's Hybrid Component Series now includes the Hybrid Quest and Hybrid Vault. These hot-swappable, component-based DVRs both feature wireless compatibility, and are capable of live video streaming and instant system health checks.
‘Books on the Bus’ program creates peaceful bus ride
February 10, 2011
Under the program, students from an elementary school in Maine spend the bus ride reading to themselves, reading to friends and listening to their friends read. Students submit bookmarks as they read, which makes them eligible for prizes.
LaHood to attend Love the Bus event
February 9, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary is scheduled to take part in a celebration being coordinated by the American School Bus Council in Maryland. Other key government officials have also been invited.

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