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Efforts to restore cuts to school bus transportation fail
October 22, 2010
A citizen petition to reinstate transportation for students in Framingham, Mass., who live within two miles of their schools fails 89 to 40 by a ballot vote at a special town meeting. The chairwoman of a committee that opposed the petition says the town needs to focus on cutting costs.
District outfits fleet with Networkfleet GPS system
October 22, 2010
Palm Springs (Calif.) Unified School District equips its 100 vehicles with Networkfleet 4200 to reduce operating costs, improve driver safety and increase response times. In addition to vehicle tracking, the system provides detailed vehicle performance data.
First Student names senior contract manager
October 22, 2010
Roger Radcliffe will hold the position for the company’s Detroit location. He will oversee all transportation, safety and maintenance operations for the company’s contract with Detroit Public Schools.
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.
Man rams school bus head-on in apparent suicide attempt
October 21, 2010
The bus driver and three students suffered minor injuries. The 44-year-old driver of the oncoming car had to be cut from the wreckage of his Chevrolet HHR before being transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Thermo King event highlights efficiency, sustainability
October 21, 2010
The event showcased Thermo King's products, with a focus on meeting new industry regulations, operational efficiency and sustainability. Key end users shared their experiences, and attendees toured the company's research center.
Clean diesel grant program to kick off soon
October 21, 2010
The EPA says it plans to post a request for proposals in early November for 2011 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. About $60 million is expected to be available for the upcoming round, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.
Tags: emissions, EPA
GPS devices help operation diffuse parent-driver disputes
October 20, 2010
A Minnesota district’s transportation director says having access to the locations of his buses is helpful if a parent says a bus missed a stop. The system also notifies supervisors if drivers get lost while on their routes so they can help the drivers get back on track.
LAUSD honored for operating propane-powered buses
October 20, 2010
The district earns a “Propane Hero” award during this week’s Green Fleet Conference. The district purchased 90 buses from Blue Bird Corp. last year that run on the alternative fuel.
Recycalytics recognized for marketing success
October 20, 2010
The company, which purchases scrap catalyst materials, is selected for the 2010 Best of Newark Award in the local business category of the U.S. Commerce Association’s Best of Local Business Award program.
Missing student found safe
October 19, 2010
Lok Marcellay, 11, had disappeared after getting off his school bus last week. Police say they found the boy two days later, and he appeared to be in good health. The incident was described as “an alleged abduction by known individuals.”
Diesel event promotes accomplishments, looks to future
October 19, 2010
The Clean Diesel 10 Conference kicks off in Washington, D.C. The event highlights the significant progress made in the past 10 years to improve air quality through new clean diesel technology.
Tags: emissions, EPA
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.

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