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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.
Operations participate in school bus retrofit program
August 12, 2010
Nine Massachusetts school districts and bus companies have collectively outfitted 72 school buses with pollution-control devices by participating in the state's clean diesel program. The equipment was installed for free through funds designated for the program by the state Department of Transportation.
Tags: emissions
District to raise money with school bus ads
August 12, 2010
The Tennessee Legislature approved the use of color ads earlier this year. Black-and-white ads have been allowed since 1997. Sumner County Schools will use ad revenue to build its school technology fund.
Driver who left child on bus gets license suspension
August 12, 2010
The 5-year-old was discovered wandering a parking lot and was eventually returned to his parents. The substitute driver and aide reportedly refused to answer the transportation director's questions about the incident.
Durham wins two more contracts
August 12, 2010
The contractor will serve school districts in Louisiana and Michigan under three-year contracts that began on July 1.
Fall session of IC Bus University scheduled
August 11, 2010
The manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of Oct. 18 in Tulsa, Okla. IC Bus University provides up to 43 hours of instruction on such topics as engines, power brakes and air conditioning.
Tags: IC Bus
Dr. Duane Dobbert, a criminal forensics studies professor, presented his “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators” program at the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation State School Transportation Conference in July.
Program instructs on sexual predator awareness
August 10, 2010
In “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators,” Dr. Duane Dobbert explains different types of sexual disorders and how to identify people who are afflicted with them. The program, which Dobbert recently taught to a group in West Virginia, has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Leeds Pickering began serving as Wyoming’s state pupil transportation director nearly 30 years ago. He is seen here addressing NASDPTS members during the association's conference last fall.
Another veteran state director to retire
August 10, 2010
Leeds Pickering began serving as Wyoming’s state pupil transportation director nearly 30 years ago. His career in the industry kicked off after college when he took a job driving a school bus.
District, communities respond to Missouri bus crash
August 9, 2010
Students will begin classes at St. James School District this Thursday, a week after a fatal accident involving two school buses. Counselors will be on hand and the district is also organizing a fundraiser dinner/silent auction to support those affected by the incident. A vigil and a service were held last Friday for the teens killed in the crash.
Updated agenda for NAPT Summit available
August 9, 2010
Professional Development Series courses will cover such topics as accident investigation and school transportation security assessment, while workshops will address distracted driving prevention and creative in-service training. Keynote presentations will focus on bullying and support for special-needs transportation.
Obama awards Citizens Medal to school bus driver
August 9, 2010
Jorge Muñoz distributes free meals to the needy in his community every night from his pickup truck. He and his family have prepared and shared about 120,000 meals in six years, he estimates.
After noticing buses running for long periods of time in front of his middle school, Daniel Speers set out to show the effects of the exhaust. His campaign convinced the board of education to post anti-idling signs at all schools in the district.
Pupil presses for school bus idling reduction
August 9, 2010
After noticing buses running for long periods of time in front of his middle school, Daniel Speers set out to show the effects of the exhaust. His campaign convinced the board of education to post anti-idling signs at all schools in the district.
The new cameras added to AngelTrax’s line of PeriOptic lens TR series units feature a shatter-resistant glass lens cover that eliminates water and moisture buildup in the optic area. The cover is also vacuum sealed to a stainless steel, vandal-proof cast housing.
AngelTrax offers new high-resolution cameras
August 6, 2010
The mobile surveillance system manufacturer adds the TR3600WPB, TR3600WPR and TR3600WPL IP 68 waterproof cameras to its line of PeriOptic lens TR series units. The company says they are designed to provide unparalleled external coverage and omit potential operator blind spots when paired with an onboard monitor.
Alabama bus driver has perfect attendance
August 6, 2010
In almost 30 years of serving Calhoun County Schools, Jackie Hightower has never missed a day of work. She cites the example set by her parents, being around the students she transports and a desire to be a good employee as motivating factors.
State and local officials call for DERA reauthorization
August 5, 2010
Senators are drafting legislation to renew the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which provides funding to retrofit or replace school buses and other vehicles. National organizations of state legislatures, county officials and mayors request another five years.
Tags: emissions
Ohio state pupil transportation director Pete Japikse will serve as chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th National Congress on School Transportation.
Pete Japikse picked for NCST post
August 5, 2010
The Ohio state pupil transportation director will succeed Pete Baxter in the role of chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th congress.
Tags: NCST
2 killed in crash involving school buses
August 5, 2010
In an accident on a Missouri highway, a pickup truck slams into the back of a tractor trailer cab that had slowed for traffic. A school bus strikes the pickup from behind and is rear-ended by the other bus. A girl on one of the buses is fatally injured, as is the driver of the pickup.

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