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Districts receive grants to reduce diesel emissions
December 7, 2010
Iowa’s Bus Emissions Education Program awards $38,000 grants to seven districts. The grants will allow the districts to replace a 1993 model year or older bus with a new one that meets 2010 EPA certification.
Man points loaded gun at special-needs bus
December 6, 2010
David Rubio aims the gun at the driver's side of the vehicle, and the bus driver and an assistant on board immediately call 911. Rubio faces one count of weapons misconduct and 12 counts of aggravated assault.
Tags: weapons
Allison Transmission 2011 products have new features
December 6, 2010
For school buses, the company’s 1000/2000 Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series models are available with increased torque converter lockup, which company officials say helps in achieving improved fuel economy and vehicle performance. Additionally, all Allison automatic transmission models are available with new economy shift schedules.
More praise for Dealer of the Year
December 6, 2010
Seon Design offers its congratulations to Nelson's Bus Service for winning the Thomas Built award. Nelson's is the exclusive Wisconsin dealer for Seon, which supplies mobile surveillance systems for school buses and other vehicles.
Special-needs bus driver extinguishes fire while on route
December 3, 2010
Bus monitor Yesenia Garcia spots smoke coming from a mobile home, and driver Roseann Rios runs into the house with a fire extinguisher and douses a burning clothes dryer. After calling the fire department, Rios continues her work for the day and then buys the family who lives in the mobile home a turkey for Thanksgiving.
From left: Nancy Kessler, Marisa Weisinger and Renee Davis became the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s new Special-Needs Training.
3 Texans complete new special-needs program
December 3, 2010
Marisa Weisinger, Renee Davis and Nancy Kessler become the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s Special-Needs Training. Here, they discuss their experience.
Tags: NAPT, Texas
Dates set for 2011 California special-needs conference
December 3, 2010
The state Department of Education is offering the event, which will be held in Sacramento June 22-23 and in Fresno County June 28-29. Topics to be covered include understanding the special-education process, confidentiality and the special-education student, and public and community relations/mandated reporting.
Driver, aide use training to calm autistic student
December 3, 2010
The student became agitated due to the high volume of traffic on the freeway, broke a window in his school van and attempted to lean out and touch other vehicles. The driver and aide created a game for the student, urging him to count traffic lights until they were able to exit the freeway; they then pointed out familiar landmarks to help him keep track of his location on the drive to school.
The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee approved a five-year reauthorization of the DERA program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles.
Senate committee passes DERA
December 2, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee. The passage is called a key step in continuing "a vital clean air program that has benefited communities in every single state in the nation."
Tags: emissions
A-Z Bus Sales provides funding assistance for bus purchases
December 2, 2010
The company has information for California school districts on federal and state credits to qualifying districts that buy alternative-fueled buses, and opportunities for operations with special-education transportation needs. A-Z Bus Sales can also assist operations in completing the necessary grant paperwork and application.
School bus driver claims winning lottery ticket
December 2, 2010
A South Carolina school bus driver won a Millionaire Raffle ticket worth $100,000 on Nov. 22. She says she will use the money to support local charities and pay her children's college expenses.
Trans Tech sponsors bus giveaway
December 1, 2010
The president of a New York contractor company wins a free one-year lease of a Trans Tech Bus ST5 Type A school bus during the New York School Bus Contractors Association’s annual meeting.
Student Transportation to acquire three school bus companies
December 1, 2010
The acquisitions are scheduled to close in the next 30 to 45 days and will add more than 550 vehicles to the company’s fleet, with annualized revenues of more than $28 million. Company Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher says the acquisitions will open two new areas of growth for the company, and one will tuck in to an existing operating location.
15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into frigid Lake Chelan in 1945.
Photo by Themerganser
Towns observe anniversaries of school bus tragedies
November 30, 2010
In Washington state in 1945, 15 children and their driver died when their bus plunged into a frigid lake. In British Columbia in 1960, a bus was struck by a freight train, killing 17 people on board.
Students, driver injured in tornado-related bus accident
November 30, 2010
Winds resulting from a tornado that hit an Illinois community on Monday flips a district's school bus; the driver and five students suffer various injuries. A district spokesperson says letters containing details of the incident were delivered to parents at the hospitals where their children were taken.
New job opening at ASBC
November 30, 2010
The American School Bus Council seeks a coordinator to support its marketing and operational activities.
Bill would require operations to establish anti-idling policy
November 29, 2010
The Anti-idling Act mandates that school bus companies, tour bus companies and transit authorities in Nova Scotia have a policy in place by Oct. 1, 2011. If the legislation is approved, Nova Scotia would be the first province to adopt such a law.
Change to bus inspection program draws mixed response
November 29, 2010
The Michigan State Police will soon perform intermittent inspections of some school districts' buses, rather than annual inspections of all districts’ buses. Some feel this will enable inspectors to focus on districts that have a history of violations, while others believe this will reduce children's safety as they travel to and from school.
Allison Transmission to co-sponsor renewable technology event
November 29, 2010
Emerging Technology Day will be held in May 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) as part of the IMS’s 100th Anniversary Indy 500 celebration. It will feature competitions for university students to build plug-in hybrid vehicles and solar-powered cars, and participate in an electric-powered kart race.
Communications coverage gaps throughout Dallas County frustrated bus drivers and compromised student safety, prompting the school district to look for a better solution. Their results are covered in a new case study from Motorola.
Missouri school district overcomes coverage gaps
November 23, 2010
Communications coverage gaps frustrated school bus drivers and compromised student safety, prompting Dallas County R-1 School District to look for a better solution. Their results are covered in a new case study from Motorola.

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