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At 79, veteran bus driver has no plans to retire
October 19, 2010
Carl Fisher began driving students to school in a 1946 Dodge panel truck when he was 16 years old. Today, he is one of Pleasant Hope (Mo.) Schools' independent contractors, driving high school students to and from classes at the community college.
Riteway Bus honored for clean air efforts
October 19, 2010
The school bus contractor receives the 2010 Taking Action for Asthma Award from the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition for such practices as establishing an idle reduction program and outfitting buses with emission control equipment. In other news, the company purchases Go Airport Connection, which provides airport shuttle services.
Cummins delivers nearly 37,000 SCR-equipped engines
October 18, 2010
The company's EPA 2010-certified engines are delivering up to 6 percent better fuel economy compared to their 2007 counterparts, customers report. Cummins’ aftertreatment system will be showcased at the Clean Diesel 10 event in Washington, D.C., this week.
Tags: engines, EPA
New technology captures illegal bus passing incidents
October 18, 2010
ACS CrossSafe records high-quality footage; the video is watermarked with the time, date, GPS coordinates and other information needed for proving the violation. Affiliated Computer Services, which designed the system, manages the entire reporting process.
Police release images of school bus thief
October 18, 2010
The search continues for a man who stole a school bus from a district parking lot at 5 a.m. last Thursday. State troopers pursued the vehicle on the freeway, where the bus collided with two vehicles. The bus was found crashed into a tree on a surface street, but the driver had fled the scene.
School transportation workers unionize
October 14, 2010
Bus drivers and aides as well as crossing guards in Belvidere, Ill., vote to join the Teamsters union. The bargaining unit comprises 162 workers.
Tags: union
Honolulu bus transportation veteran passes away
October 14, 2010
Donald Gomes got his start at his father's company, Gomes School Bus Service, which is still run by Donald's brother David. Donald's son Louis operates his own school bus company, Ground Transport.
New Hoover Dam bridge will shorten route, reduce traffic congestion
October 14, 2010
When it opens to traffic next week, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge will become the western hemisphere's longest single-span concrete arch bridge and one of the tallest in the world.
Driver absenteeism contributes to district’s bus route delays
October 14, 2010
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr addressed the problem in a letter to the district’s families. Carr wrote that the transportation department is scheduling drivers to cover absent employees’ routes and is also hiring more substitute drivers.
Parents push for more visible school bus stops
October 14, 2010
Don and Kimberly Mair have asked a Florida school district’s board to support their efforts to get warning signs posted at bus stops to alert motorists that there might be children in the area. The couple’s daughter, Gabby, was fatally hit by a car in June after being dropped off by her school bus.
The theme of National School Bus Safety Week 2010, which will run Oct. 18-22, is “Cross in View, It’s the Right Thing to Do!” The theme was derived from the National Association for Pupil Transportation Poster Contest from last year.
Efforts to observe School Bus Safety Week abound
October 13, 2010
A non-profit coalition has issued tips for children, while a school bus contractor and operations from Missouri to Nevada have organized safety lessons and assemblies for students. In Florida, the departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have developed the “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” campaign.
In the winning entry of Thomas Built Buses' essay contest, second-grader Chancellor describes how his school bus driver, Lester LeMasters, came up with a plan to keep him from being bullied.
'Driver of the Year' protected passenger from bully
October 12, 2010
In the winning entry of Thomas Built Buses' essay contest, second-grader Chancellor describes how his school bus driver, Lester LeMasters, came up with a plan to keep him from being bullied.
ASBC's Yellow School Bus Champions program provides 5-, 10- and 30-minute presentations that are available for download.
ASBC offers presentations on school bus benefits
October 12, 2010
The industry coalition’s Yellow School Bus Champions program provides 5-, 10- and 30-minute presentations that are available for download. They cover the safety, educational and environmental advantages of school bus use.
New Jersey bill for school bus advertising progresses
October 12, 2010
The legislation has been approved by the state Assembly and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. There is reportedly little opposition to the measure, which would allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses.
Report examines contributing factors in fatal vehicle crashes
October 12, 2010
Transportation-related factors include traffic controls, road characteristics and weather impacts; human-related factors include number of people involved, drunken driving and light conditions.
Valvoline engine oil provides lubrication protection
October 12, 2010
Benefits of Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 include reduced ash content, valve recession protection and advanced oxidation control. It is recommended for use in compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane-powered engines.
Former contractor returns to industry as consultant
October 12, 2010
Terry Van Der Aa, past winner of SBF's Contractor of the Year award, sold his contracting company Vancom Inc. to Laidlaw in the late 1990s. He now will join TransPar Group to provide his expertise in the area of labor relations.
UPDATE: Driver in fatal Georgia bus crash lacked state certification
October 11, 2010
The trainee driver had passed the "S" endorsement written test and was undergoing the required hours of training. He had been scheduled to finalize his skills assessment for the endorsement last Wednesday, two days after the accident. The school district will now review the training for all of its bus drivers to ensure that they are fully certified.
Indiana state troopers catch illegal bus passers
October 11, 2010
Authorities rode on three of Vigo County School Corp.’s school buses in late September and wrote three traffic citations for motorists who violated the state’s school bus stop arm law. The enforcement action stemmed from complaints made by the school system’s bus drivers about alleged illegal passing.
Bus driver faces misdemeanor child abuse charge
October 7, 2010
The charge stems from an incident in August wherein a Nebraska school district driver dropped off a 6-year-old boy more than 15 miles from his home. A construction worker who found the boy crying as he walked out of town was able to call his mother and watch him while she came to pick up the boy.

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