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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.
Highway-rail accidents down 80% since 1972
September 2, 2010
That’s the year nonprofit Operation Lifesaver was founded. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman commends the organization for its long-running efforts. Among Operation Lifesaver’s offerings is training specifically for school bus drivers.
Kids wear color-coded tags on the bus to improve safety
September 2, 2010
The youngest riders who attend kindergarten are identified with green tags, those who transfer buses with blue tags, and those who carry Epi-Pens for allergic reactions with red tags.
London bus operator to expand business in U.S.
September 2, 2010
Go-Ahead Group Plc operates about 120 yellow school buses in St. Louis in conjunction with its partner, Cook-Illinois Corp. Following a positive start to the project, the company’s CFO says the number of buses may double by next year.
Report: Condition of state highways has improved
September 2, 2010
The Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report indicates that nationally, the percentage of urban interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000. Pavement conditions on urban interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and traffic fatalities have fallen to the lowest levels seen since the 1960s.
Photo courtesy of M2K/Syntec Seating Solutions.
Texas school bus seat belt law hits roadblocks
September 2, 2010
The law requiring three-point seat belts on all school buses purchased in the state went into effect yesterday. The Texas Education Agency, which is responsible for reimbursing schools, says it is awaiting approval from the Legislative Budget Board to release the funds.
Update: School bus service cut for Staten Island students
September 2, 2010
The state Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order that forced the New York Department of Education to keep providing school bus service to seventh and eighth grade students. Parents can argue for the restoration of transportation services in court on Sept. 13.
NSTA donates more than $2K to Special Olympics
September 1, 2010
The association collected over $2,100 for the Special Olympics' St. Louis chapter in a raffle that was held during NSTA's annual meeting in July, and from the sale of old golf carts that were used for the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
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