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District set to cut regular-education bus service
June 24, 2011
The news comes after the president for the Texas district's school board says voters turned down requests to raise taxes by about $260 per year for a $200,000 home. Officials say eliminating the service will save more than $2 million.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for service excellence
June 24, 2011
Six pupil transporters from around the state receive the 2011 Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award during the association’s summer conference. The drivers are nominated by their supervisors, and the applications are judged on such criteria as dedication to safety, community service achievements and communication with school staff.
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LaHood to speak at NSTA meeting
June 22, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary will address school bus contractors at their annual gathering next month. The association also recently recruited U.S. Rep. Tim Scott as a speaker.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
Company's vehicle lifts meet certification standards
June 22, 2011
All three models of Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s WPLS series of wireless mobile column lifts meet all requirements for certification under the current national standard, ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006, and the ALI Automotive Lift Certification Program.
Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.
Bus driver logs nearly 65 years behind the wheel
June 22, 2011
Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus since the end of World War II and has only missed one day of work. His accomplishment has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
School bus safety zone legislation signed into law
June 20, 2011
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approves a bill that doubles fines for moving violations committed in a school bus safety zone and makes killing a child getting off a school bus a 15-year felony. A second bill approved by Snyder adds the new felony offense to the state's sentencing guidelines.
Former NFL player to start school bus service
June 20, 2011
Troy Evans forms LBS Bus Service with the hope of helping about 9,000 students from an Ohio school district who will lose bus service next year due to budget cuts. Drivers will be screened, and all of the district's rules and guidelines will be followed.
New laws target safety at school, on the bus
June 17, 2011
Several of the changes brought about by bills signed into law in Virginia focus on pupil transportation. They include restricting sex offenders' access to school buses and allowing video cameras on buses to record illegal passing.
This new Type C school bus, with a body by Lion Bus and a chassis by Spartan Chassis, will be available in the U.S. and Canada.
New entry in large school bus market
June 17, 2011
Spartan Chassis will provide front-engine diesel chassis for use on Type C school buses by new manufacturer Lion Bus, whose founders were both involved with Type A school bus maker Michel Corbeil Enterprises.
Student charged with malicious wounding of bus driver
June 17, 2011
The teenager approaches the driver in her seat while the bus is stopped, makes verbal comments to her and then strikes her in the face and neck with his fists. Following an investigation, the student is taken into custody on a detention order and is transported to a juvenile detention center.
District, city officials work to brighten bus stops
June 17, 2011
The transportation director and a board member for a Florida school district are collaborating with Cape Coral’s councilman to move school bus stops from unlit spots to be located at light poles. So far, about 80 percent of the 5,000 stops in the city are lit.
Thomas Built Buses receives clean-air award
June 16, 2011
The school bus manufacturer is awarded a 2011 North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy award in the category of Technology/Fuel Provider. The company operates the nation's first zero-waste-to-landfill school bus manufacturing facility and produces both compressed natural gas and hybrid-electric school buses.
Operation receives 14th achievement award
June 16, 2011
The transportation department for a school district in Nova Scotia receives a Gold Achievement Award from the province. The department was evaluated on such factors as training, accident reporting and frequency, maintenance programs, stops per mile and passenger loads.
Krapf acquires Hash Bus Co.
June 16, 2011
Barbara Hash, whose family has been in the business for 50 years, calls the decision to sell “very emotional.” But the long-running school transportation operation now becomes part of another family business, Krapf School Bus Inc.
Approximately 21,600 students are transported to and from school by the bus companies that Chicago Public Schools contracts with. Officials from the district's Bureau of Student Transportation Services are developing a request for proposal to upgrade its routing system with the goal of improving service.
Operation strives to improve efficiency, customer service with new routing system
June 16, 2011
Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials tell SBF that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.
This new training program was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
School bus bullying program unveiled
June 15, 2011
The training was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
Chinese municipal government to purchase new school buses
June 15, 2011
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
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