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California DOE cancels special-needs conference
July 15, 2010
The conference was scheduled to be held in four counties across the state in July and August. The DOE’s Office of Transportation reports that travel restrictions and the state’s lack of a budget prompted the cancellation.
Student Transportation of Canada acquires Ontario operator
July 15, 2010
Leuschen Bros. Limited will add more than 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12 million, according to the company.
District responds to child-left-on-bus incident
July 15, 2010
Proposal recommends installation of electronic child check devices on all of Richmond Public Schools' 217 buses.
Production of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to begin toward the end of this year.
Steve Girardin discusses new propane Type A
July 15, 2010
The Micro Bird president says that liquid propane power has “excellent cold start capability and quiet power when needed for the steepest hills.” The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to be offered for sale starting this month, with production beginning toward the end of this year.
Conference will commemorate clean diesel initiatives
July 14, 2010
The EPA, NASDPTS and other groups are organizing Clean Diesel 10, to be held in Washington, D.C., in October. The event will include a presentation on the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, an exhibit area for green technology, sessions on emerging technology and a forum to generate future initiatives.
IMMI won a contract to supply its SafeGuard FlexSeat lap-shoulder belt seats for 280 new school buses serving San Bernardino (Calif.) City Unified School District.
District moves to all belted bus seating
July 14, 2010
IMMI wins contract to supply lap-shoulder belt seats for school buses serving San Bernardino (Calif.) City USD. The district’s contractor, National Express, purchased an entirely new fleet of 280 buses from Thomas Built.
Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
NTSB issues new bus safety recommendations
July 13, 2010
Some of the recommendations to NHTSA could affect school buses, such as a proposal that all buses above 10,000 pounds be required to have on-board recording systems.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
Gov. calls seat belt bill ‘common sense’
July 13, 2010
In a ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell pays tribute to a high school student who died in a school bus crash in January. Rell says that the new law, which is not a mandate, “strikes a critical balance between incentive and choice.”
In a legal opinion piece issued on Monday, Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller wrote that the legislature has not provided school districts with the specific authority to charge a bus rider fee and, therefore, fees are unconstitutional. 
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Lauren Wells, a University of Alabama senior in civil engineering, reviews data from the videos of seat belt usage.
Study: School bus passenger seat belt use on the rise
July 13, 2010
The results of the University of Alabama's pilot project studying the implementation of seat belts on school buses will be released soon. Researchers say the number of students wearing the belts properly has risen during the last year.
NAPT, Zonar announce $50,000 grant
July 13, 2010
The award will go to the school district that submits the best proposal for utilizing Zonar's Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting system.
Cincinnati increases walking distances to save $1.8M
July 13, 2010
Transportation will now be provided only for elementary students living one mile or more from school and for high school students living 1.25 miles or more from school. Students who ride public transit to school face a $0.50 increase on fares.
First Student wins Illinois contract
July 12, 2010
The contractor began serving Berkeley School District 87 on July 1. Under the three-year agreement, First Student is providing the district with 17 buses, each of which is equipped with a child-check reminder system, a crossing gate and a GPS system.
Districts renew contracts with American Logistics Co.
July 12, 2010
The special-needs student transportation management company will continue to provide services for Seattle Public Schools and Washington County School District in Utah for the 2010-11 school year.
Special-needs transportation training curriculum updated
July 12, 2010
PTSI’s Transporting Students with Disabilities program has been revised for 2009 to comply with current IDEA regulations and industry standards.
First Student wins new special-education contract
July 12, 2010
Under a three-year agreement that will begin on Aug. 1, the company will serve a Minnesota school district, providing transportation services for special-needs students and a total of 27 new buses. First Student will also continue to transport the district’s regular-ed students with a fleet of 49 buses.
Union tries to stop outsourcing of bus service
July 8, 2010
School bus drivers for a Connecticut district launch a petition drive calling for a public hearing before any vote is held by the school board on whether to contract out transportation.
Tags: unions
Supporters of the campaign joined Neil Abercrombie on his school bus listening tour of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Hawaii candidate tours island on a school bus
July 8, 2010
Neil Abercrombie, who is running for governor, met with local leaders in education, agriculture and the arts. His school bus tour focused on reaching rural communities.
Tags: Hawaii
Kentucky school bus driver honored
July 8, 2010
Helen Cottongim, who has transported students for 36 years, is named the National Education Association’s 2010 Education Support Professional of the Year, winning a $10,000 grant.

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