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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.
School bus trainer saves choking student
October 7, 2010
Oscar Juracan noticed that a boy on the bus was not breathing, and the trainer quickly responded to perform abdominal thrusts on the elementary student. Spring (Texas) ISD requires all of its trainers to take a CPR course.
Driver evades gang members following bus after on-board fight
October 7, 2010
After a student involved in a fight on the bus jumped from the rear emergency door and got in a car with two other men to follow the bus, Harnett County school bus driver Sha-Wana Cameron was able to evade the car and contact police.
Town receives ‘hundreds’ of fee-based bus transportation applications
October 7, 2010
The news comes from the chair of the Framingham (Mass.) School Committee. The committee will discuss the issue at a meeting on Thursday night and provide a detailed proposal regarding fees next Tuesday.
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News, events, meeting minutes, safety exercise materials, job listings, press releases and coverage of the association in the media are available on the new site.
Oregon association launches new Website
October 6, 2010
The new site will allow OPTA's volunteers to easily add news, events, meeting minutes and other items that routinely require updates. Also available on the site are safety exercise materials, job listings, press releases and coverage of the association in the media.
The Explorer DX12 includes an inertia sensor, which logs and displays G-Force data, allowing system administrators to monitor driver behavior, including speed, turning, signals, braking and idling.
Seon Design offers new mobile DVR
October 6, 2010
The Explorer DX12 features advanced video storage technology and 12 channels with the ability to simultaneously record 30 frames per second at 720x480 resolution on all channels. Dual streaming technology allows for viewing footage over a cell phone network as well as on a PC.
First Student exec joins NSC board
October 5, 2010
Linda Burtwistle, president of the school bus contractor, will serve a two-year term as a National Safety Council board member, where she will help to oversee the organization’s strategic direction and finances. In related news, the organization honored First Student safety manger Lydell Banks for developing and implementing programs to improve safety at his New Orleans location.

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