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Transfinder clients earn routing software certification
August 23, 2010
The clients became certified Routefinder Pro users by completing a 50-question exam that tested their knowledge and proper use of the software. The exam was given during the transportation management system provider's National Client Conference in July.
‘Bus Bucks’ program encourages good bus rider behavior
August 23, 2010
Under the incentive program, students at a South Carolina school district receive Bus Bucks for following directions, remaining seated and talking quietly on their school buses. Bus Bucks can be redeemed for such prizes as a fast food coupon and a homework pass.
Cummins hits landmark in 2010 engine production
August 23, 2010
After seven months' production of its EPA 2010 compliant engines, Cummins announces that it has built and shipped more than 20,000 units. The manufacturer’s heavy-duty and mid-range engines use selective catalytic reduction to meet the EPA standards.
District drops $200 bus rider fee
August 20, 2010
Officials at Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota say that there has been an increase in the number of students who qualify for a reduced fee or no fee and as more students qualify, the district will collect less revenue from the fees. The district also rescinded the fee because the transportation department has negotiated a freeze in the expense of outsourcing bus service.
Tags: bus fees
IMMI names James Johnson VP
August 19, 2010
During the development and integration of lap-shoulder belts on school buses, Johnson worked with NHTSA to define testing methodology that validates the performance of seating products.
A new resource from NHTSA provides steps for designating school bus stops and supporting safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and bus stops.
New guide targets bus stop safety
August 19, 2010
Free resource from NHTSA provides steps for designating school bus stops and supporting safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and bus stops. Included are examples of state and district guidelines.
Former bus driver sentenced in Minnesota accident
August 19, 2010
Westal John Maine is given 10 days in jail and fined $135 for moving his school bus without ensuring that 6-year-old Evan Lee Lindquist was out of the way. Maine's jail time was suspended under the conditions that he speak to area bus drivers on safety and reach out to Lindquist's family.
Bus crash shows need for mass casualty event recovery planning
August 18, 2010
Those plans should also cover field trips, security expert Michael Dorn writes following the fatal school bus accident in Missouri. Emergency preparedness measures include programming student, staff and chaperone information into the emergency notification system.
Among the tips issued to students to ensure their safety during the upcoming school year is to wait for their buses in a safe place, away from traffic and off the street.
Photo courtesy of James Kraemer.
Bus safety messages abound for new school year
August 18, 2010
School districts, contractors, state highway patrol officials and others have issued reminders to motorists and tips to parents and students to ensure students’ safety in 2010-11. Reminders for motorists include stopping for school buses while tips for parents include accompanying their children to their bus stops whenever possible.
FMCSA sweep nabs 109 drivers
August 18, 2010
FMCSA strike force investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers. As a result, 109 drivers were removed from the roads and more than 175 carriers face enforcement actions.
First Student names senior contract manager
August 18, 2010
Jim Ring will fill the position at the contractor’s Cincinnati location, where he will oversee all transportation operations for four operating lots. In other news, four First Student bus drivers were honored by the National Safety Council for their outstanding driving records.
System blocks calls, texts to prevent distracted driving
August 18, 2010
Cellcontrol technology can prevent drivers of school buses and other fleet vehicles from making phone calls, text messaging, e-mailing and Web browsing when a vehicle is moving. The system also reports idle time, mileage and speed capturing.
Texas schools seek funds for new buses with seat belts
August 17, 2010
New buses purchased in Texas must be equipped with lap-shoulder belts starting Sept. 1, as long as funding is provided. The state reportedly set aside $10 million for new buses, but that would only cover about one bus per district, according to local news outlets.
School bus service to continue for Staten Island students
August 17, 2010
A state Supreme Court judge signs a restraining order that temporarily blocks New York City officials’ plan to end the service for seventh and eighth grade students in the borough. After a Sept. 13 hearing, the service could be eliminated.
New CEO named at Foam Rubber Products
August 17, 2010
Norman Smith is the new CEO of the company, which provides foam for school bus seating. Frank Nold is named chairman emeritus.
Tags: seating
U.S. DOT proposes seat belts on all new motorcoaches
August 16, 2010
NHTSA is seeking public comment on the proposal for the next 90 days. The proposal is the latest in U.S. DOT efforts to improve motorcoach safety, including a Motorcoach Safety Action Plan released earlier this year.
LAUSD honored for running buses on natural gas
August 16, 2010
The Los Angeles district receives a National NGV Achievement Award from Natural Gas Vehicles for America and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation for its efforts to advance the development of natural gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. LAUSD reportedly has the country's largest fleet of school buses that run on the alternative fuel.
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas, as the buses shown here do.
Stimulus funds to help switch buses to CNG
August 16, 2010
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas.
EPA bestows funds for bus replacements, retrofits
August 16, 2010
More than $5.1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act money goes to six organizations to reduce diesel emissions output by vehicles in EPA Region 7. Four of the organizations will use the money for school bus-related projects that include vehicle upgrades and the installation of pollution-control equipment.
Tags: EPA, NSTA
Parents urged to stop idling at schools
August 12, 2010
After implementing a no-idling policy for its school buses a few years ago, a Kentucky district posts signs at elementary schools asking parents to turn off their cars while they wait to pick up their kids.

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