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Transportation cooperative to outfit fleet with digital radio network
November 16, 2010
Kenwood NEXEDGE radios will be installed on the operation’s buses in December. The radios are part of Mobile Relay Associates’ NEXEDGE Two-Way Radio Repeater Digital Network system, which provides voice, data and GPS capabilities.
Blue Bird names top dealers
November 16, 2010
Wisconsin Bus Sales wins the 2010 Dealer of the Year Award. Regional, Best in Bus and Blue Bird Service awards are also presented.
German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., had the winning poster in Division III and was the overall winner of the NAPT's 2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest.
NAPT names poster contest winners
November 16, 2010
The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!” German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., placed first in Division III and was the overall winner of the contest.
Cummins supports greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards
November 16, 2010
Company executive Dr. Stephen J. Charlton testifies at a public hearing about the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Heavy-Duty National Program, which would reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency for heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Charlton says that Cummins looks forward to working with the agencies to deliver a final rule on the program.
Mother of girl killed in bus speaks in distraction campaign
November 16, 2010
In the U.S. DOT's new "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, Elissa Schee talks about losing her 13-year-old daughter Margay when a semi-truck crashed into the back of her school bus. The truck driver was talking on his cell phone and said he never saw the bus.
Bus driver resigns after being caught texting
November 16, 2010
School district officials review footage from cameras inside Connie Hankins’ bus after receiving an anonymous call that she was sending text messages while driving. The footage showed Hankins texting on three occasions; on two of those occasions, students were on the bus.
Last call for school bus heroes
November 11, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Nov. 12.
Bus drivers show dedication despite district’s budget woes
November 11, 2010
Transportation services ran as scheduled for students at a Virginia district on Wednesday, confuting media reports that there would be a bus driver “sick out” due to the lack of pay raises over the last three years. The district is working on proposals to provide some financial relief for employees.
Authorities crack down on pupil transport vans
November 11, 2010
Nearly 150 vans and station wagons carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers and preschools are stopped during an early-morning investigation. Police find a variety of violations, including bald tires and overloading of passengers.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
Student suffers medical distress on bus, later dies
November 10, 2010
Staff and students at a Washington high school mourn the loss of senior Drake Blair, who passed away on Monday afternoon. Counselors were available to students on Tuesday, and police are investigating the cause of Blair’s death.
The Powershot 2000 Diesel Propane Injection System can be retrofitted onto a bus’ engine without any modifications to the engine. When installed on a School District of Westfield bus, it helped to decrease exhaust emissions by 60 percent, according to Transportation Director Scott Peterson.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.
Q’Straint, Sure-Lok merge
November 9, 2010
The companies, both of which provide wheelchair passenger safety solutions for school transportation, combine for more than 50 years of industry expertise. Both product lines will continue to be sold and supported as they have been in the past.
Report: Bus driver acted ‘responsibly’ at railway crossing
November 9, 2010
A police investigation reveals that during the incident in Milton, Ontario, the bus driver looked and listened for train traffic, then started moving the bus forward. Signals began to alert the arrival of a train, so the driver stopped immediately. A Canadian Pacific Railway employee who witnessed the incident confirmed that the bus was several meters away from the used service tracks and no one was in any danger.
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign is soliciting applications for about $32 million in funding for clean diesel activities with school buses and other vehicles.
Photo by Shane Kirley
Clean diesel grant competition opens
November 9, 2010
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign is soliciting applications for about $32 million in funding for clean diesel activities with school buses and other vehicles.
Freightliner recognized for sustainability efforts
November 9, 2010
The chassis manufacturer receives the 2010 WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for Waste Reduction in the Workplace from the EPA. Freightliner achieved zero waste to landfill status in October 2009, and the company’s employees continually recycle such materials as plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, metals, wood and nylon.
Phil Horlock, currently Blue Bird's CFO and CAO, will immediately assume the additional role of president.
Blue Bird names new president
November 8, 2010
Greg Bennett will step down at the end of the year. Phil Horlock, currently the school bus manufacturer’s CFO and CAO, will immediately assume the additional role of president.
Parents to sign student bus behavior contracts
November 8, 2010
Officials at an Ohio school district are combating inappropriate bus behavior by introducing a contract that must be signed by parents in order for their children to ride the bus. The contract will inform parents of undesirable bus conduct, including fighting, yelling, eating and drinking.
Transportation rules change for New Jersey students’ resident districts
November 8, 2010
Under a new law, a student’s district of residence, not his or her choice school district, is responsible for arranging and paying for his or her transportation to and from school. Under a second law, children placed in foster homes remain residents of the school districts in which their parents or legal guardians live.
First Student acquires Star Shuttle Co.
November 8, 2010
The contractor began operating the school and charter transportation service provider’s approximately 70 buses under the Star Shuttle name on Oct. 30. Star Shuttle contracts have been transferred to First Student, and all 140 employees who passed stringent background checks were offered employment with the company.

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