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Grant offered to fund student field trips
August 26, 2010
The program, launched last year by NAPT President Linda Bluth and her partner, will give preference this year to applications that benefit homeless students in Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary.
Hugh Hattabaugh, chief operating officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, talks to a reporter about the district’s new magnet shuttle stops.
Shuttle stop system could save $3.5 million
August 26, 2010
Under the new plan at Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, students attending magnet middle and high schools are picked up and dropped off by the district’s school buses at designated shuttle sites.
Illinois School Bus installs ridership tracking system on fleet
August 26, 2010
ZPass by Zonar Systems logs the date, time and location that a student enters or exits a bus and transmits the information to each school within a district. The contractor says that the system will be particularly useful during the first few days of school as drivers adjust to new routes and children learn their bus stop locations.
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Study: Cost of motor vehicle crashes tops $99 billion
August 26, 2010
Teens and young adults made up 28 percent of all fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle injuries and 31 percent of the costs ($31 billion). Recommendations to prevent accidents include graduated driver licensing policies, child safety seat distribution, primary seat belt laws and enforcement, helmet laws and sobriety checkpoints.
Arizona district requires proof of residency to board buses
August 26, 2010
Ajo Unified School District is seeking to stop students who live in Mexico from attending school in Ajo. The move follows Arizona's recently passed illegal immigration law. However, illegal immigrants can attend Arizona schools if they are residents of the state.
Atlantic Express boosts driver safety with GreenRoad technology
August 26, 2010
The contractor is installing the GreenRoad 360 service on its buses. GreenRoad 360 provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time feedback to improve driving decisions and performance while also offering online reporting, analysis and coaching on drivers’ abilities, maneuvers and patterns.
Cloud hosting helps Transfinder provide continuous service
August 25, 2010
The transportation management solution provider’s Infofinder i system enables parents to see their children’s bus stop information on the school district's Website. The application is hosted in a “cloud” — a collection of servers that are interconnected — which enables the company to quickly respond to clients’ needs.
Civil citation sought for illegal bus passing
August 23, 2010
While law enforcement cannot issue a citation unless an officer was present to see the violation, Frederick (Md.) County Public Schools officials want to cite drivers and charge a fine for passing a school bus illegally in the city of Frederick.
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.
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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.

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