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LaHood sets agenda for second Distracted Driving Summit
September 14, 2010
The summit, scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., will also be Webcast live at www.distraction.gov, allowing those who can't attend to watch remotely and submit questions for panelists.
Traffic fatalities in 2009 lowest since 1950
September 14, 2010
Deaths from motor vehicle traffic crashes fell to 33,808 last year; there were 33,186 fatalities in 1950. Last year also saw the lowest fatality and injury rates ever recorded: 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to data released last week.
School transportation audit identifies $10M in potential savings
September 13, 2010
Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., retained TransPar Group for the study. Findings show that adjusting start times, reducing the number of spare buses and shifting special-needs students to taxis or dial-a-ride services could help cut costs.
School bus driver killed in crash with SUV
September 13, 2010
The bus driver was traveling westbound on a highway when the SUV, which was traveling eastbound, drifted into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the bus; both vehicles then caught fire. The driver and passenger in the SUV also died in the accident.
Tree falls on special-needs bus, no one injured
September 10, 2010
As the massive, rotten, hollow tree fell on the bus, it severed power lines, which zapped the bus with 13,000 volts, officials said.
Book educates on autism and related disabilities
September 10, 2010
Author Reno Williams has drawn from his experiences to help readers better understand children who have an autism spectrum disorder. It includes tips for all school staff members and students who ride school buses.
PTSI offers course on evacuating students with disabilities
September 10, 2010
The comprehensive curriculum gives bus drivers and attendants how-to instructions on evacuations with photographs and hands-on activities. It also explains the pre-planning stages of emergency evacuation and gives participants an opportunity to create a written bus evacuation plan.
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood (left) issued a message on Wednesday urging parents and students to be safety conscious and consider greener alternatives for getting to and from school, such as riding the school bus, walking or biking. Pictured here at right is NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
Transportation secretary calls for kids to go green, yellow
September 9, 2010
U.S. DOT chief Ray LaHood issues a message urging parents and students to be safety conscious and consider greener alternatives for getting to and from school, such as riding the school bus, walking or biking.
District prohibits student cell phone use on buses
September 9, 2010
Policy seeks to prevent students from taking pictures of each other on the bus. In addition, phones were causing fights or were getting lost on the bus when students would pass them around to look at photos.
Dirk Kempthorne takes on new responsibilities
September 9, 2010
The former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Idaho who spoke at last year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit has been appointed president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Kempthorne will lead the effort for insurers to maintain communication with national and state leaders.
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Texas school bus seat belt implementation plan released
September 9, 2010
The Legislative Budget Board approved the use of the Texas Transportation Institute's School Bus Seat Belt program report to set priorities for funding, including vehicles that will have the highest safety benefit from the addition of seat belts (small buses and motorcoaches) and counties with the highest number of serious bus crashes.
Atlantic Express extends N.Y. DOE contract
September 9, 2010
Under the agreement, the contractor will provide transportation services to students in New York City for five more years, a move that is anticipated to generate $1.4 billion in revenue. Atlantic Express has been serving students in the area since 1972.
In addition to more information on products and the company’s green technology, Thomas Built Buses’ new Website integrates the BUS REPORT newsletter, which will be hosted in a digital format.
Thomas Built unveils new Website
September 8, 2010
The site includes more product photos and information, a more extensive section on the manufacturer’s green technology offerings and enhanced navigation capabilities.
Washington district contracts with American Logistics Co.
September 7, 2010
The student transportation management company will serve Kent School District to provide service for 10 to 15 percent of the district’s hardest-to-serve McKinney-Vento students who have been displaced to remote areas inside and outside of district boundaries.
District cuts $9 million in transportation services
September 7, 2010
State budget reductions force Los Angeles Unified School District to make changes that will affect 53,000 students. Pickup sites are being reassigned.
School board restores after-school bus transportation
September 3, 2010
After families disputed the cuts, board members called a special meeting to discuss activity buses and a source to fund them. Officials plan to reinstate the bus service using a federal education jobs grant.
Mom says pre-K daughter can’t ride school bus
September 3, 2010
A school bus passes Faith Bostic’s house, but only stops for Head Start students. Kanawha County Schools’ transportation director says the county can't afford to offer all of its pre-kindergarten students school bus transportation, but says that the girl can ride the bus as long as there's room and she catches it at an established Head Start stop.
The IMMI SafeGuard Integrated Child Seat (ICS) will eliminate the use of child car seats at Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools.
N.Y. district selects IMMI belted seating
September 3, 2010
The new seating technology was specified as part of a recent transportation bid in which the district's incumbent contractor was the successful bidder. With this order, the district has equipped its entire fleet with SafeGuard Integrated Child Seats and 20 percent of its fleet with the SafeGuard FlexSeat.
Technician killed in bus maintenance accident
September 3, 2010
Almaz Kucukovic was working on a bus when it started to roll. He was trying to climb on board the bus when he fell under the wheels, dying immediately from head and internal injuries.
Dogs ride school bus to day camp
September 3, 2010
Jeremy Sweet transports up to 25 dogs a day to Totally Dog in Florida. Sweet and his wife Elena opened the camp, which includes a five-acre playground and a bone-shaped swimming pool, 11 years ago.

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