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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.
Deaf student dropped off at vacant house
November 5, 2010
After school last month, Jayman Washington boarded a bus that he does not normally take and the driver, who did not know that Washington had moved a week before, left him at his old residence where no one was home. The transportation department at the district where the driver works will now review its policies for dropping off students at its safety meetings.
Q’Straint offers new wheelchair securement module
November 5, 2010
The Q’UBE has a low-profile design and can be permanently mounted to the vehicle floor or installed on transit barriers or seat legs with full adjustability. Its features include a delayed release mechanism that gives users 15 seconds to secure the rear of the wheelchair, along with fully automatic rear retractors.
Emergency information packet developed for special-needs bus riders
November 5, 2010
The packet, available to pupil transportation providers in Michigan, includes a Passenger Emergency Information Form template and a Transportation Information/Emergency Sheet template. The first form serves as a roster of all passengers on a bus while the second can be modified to include other important student information.
Seon Design updates video data management software
November 4, 2010
vMax Commander provides automated wireless downloading, giving managers instant access to video events and allowing them to monitor multiple vehicles and receive alarmed notifications. New features include automated system-wide health monitoring through Health-Check, which alerts the system administrator if any part of the system isn’t functioning.
Students bused after defects found in pedestrian overpass
November 4, 2010
The bridge is removed following a "sudden structural failure." The local school district will shuttle about 100 elementary students across the four-lane street to ensure their safety while the overpass is closed.
Students, driver treated after exposure to fumes on bus
November 4, 2010
Two high school students mixed rubbing alcohol and swimming pool chemicals in an attempt to create a small explosion during their morning bus ride. Students on the bus and the driver were treated for nausea, skin and eye irritation, and respiratory problems, officials say.
Zonar introduces new product offerings at NAPT
November 4, 2010
The company released the latest version of the ZPass solution. The new ZPass hardware is roughly half the size of the original and includes several new functionalities requested by customers. Also, in 2011, Zonar will introduce a new routing solution known as ZRoute.
First Student names new managers in Ohio
November 4, 2010
Scott Turney will direct and manage multiple operations throughout the state for the contractor as region operations manager. George Gans will serve as contract manager for the company’s Columbus location.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.

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