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Districts to merge bus service
June 1, 2010
The two Illinois school districts will share buses and drivers. Officials expect the plan to save at least $200,000 over each of the next five years.
Obama calls for increased fuel efficiency for buses, trucks
June 1, 2010
Under a new presidential memorandum, stricter fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks will go into effect for model year 2014.
NYC DOE proposes bus cuts for 7th, 8th graders
June 1, 2010
In light of a $500 million shortfall in state education funding, the Department of Education says it has no choice but to cut bus services. Parents strongly oppose the plan.
U.S. DOT launches 'Click It or Ticket' campaign
June 1, 2010
Set to run from May 24 through June 6, the campaign will involve publicity efforts and more than 10,000 police agencies.
Navistar, Enova announce deployment of 16 hybrid buses
June 1, 2010
Sixteen hybrid school buses will be put into service at several school districts. This deployment represents the initial large-scale utilization of U.S. Department of Energy grants for clean school buses.
Riteway wins clean air award
June 1, 2010
Riteway operates vehicles that meet the new EPA guidelines. Other "green" initiatives include a recycling program, digital imaging, energy efficient lighting and video conferencing for all locations.
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Details on Dossier Users Group summit announced
May 28, 2010
Fleet professionals who use Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software will convene in Tucson, Ariz., in November for the event, which will include hands-on software training as well as sessions that cover product applications and futures, and user case studies.
ISD 196 in Rosemount, Minn., came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday.
Photo by William Wesen
School district to increase bus service
May 27, 2010
At a time of widespread transportation cuts, ISD 196 in Minnesota came up with a plan to offer school bus service for a fee to students who aren’t currently eligible. The school board approved the proposal on Monday, and it will go into effect next year.
South Carolina DOE buys buses from Kentucky districts
May 27, 2010
Eighty-six used buses purchased at an auction will replace the state’s 26- and 27-year-old units. South Carolina’s superintendent of education calls on the General Assembly to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's overall tax structure and to develop an adequate revenue system to facilitate the allocation of funding for bus replacements more regularly.
Online registration available for NAPT Summit
May 27, 2010
Industry members can register for the Portland, Ore., event on the association’s Website. The Summit will include a two-day trade show and variety of workshops on such topics as managing human resources and developing an effective maintenance plan. Professional Development Series courses will also be offered.
Dr. Joseph O’Neil (left), the co-medical director of the Automotive Safety Program, presents Charlie Vits with the Child Safety Advocate Award.
IMMI official honored for child injury prevention efforts
May 26, 2010
Charlie Vits receives the Child Safety Advocate Award from Safe Kids Indiana and the Automotive Safety Program for his role in developing IMMI’s SmartFrame technology for school bus seating and educating industry professionals about the value of restraint systems on buses.
Pete Baxter, seen here at the National Congress on School Transportation last week, began his career in pupil transportation 30 years ago. He has served as president of both NAPT and NASDPTS.
Longtime Indiana state director to retire
May 26, 2010
Pete Baxter, who chaired the steering committee for the recent National Congress on School Transportation, began his career in pupil transportation 30 years ago. He has served as president of both NAPT and NASDPTS.
Trucker gets 3 years in fatal bus crash
May 25, 2010
The tractor-trailer driver was allegedly using his cell phone before ramming into a stopped school bus in Florida in 2008. The fiery collision took the life of a 13-year-old student and injured several others.
Barry Stock has been a fixture in the pupil transportation community since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988. The current executive vice president of business development for National Express Corp. will retire at the end of July.
School bus contracting veteran to retire
May 25, 2010
Barry Stock has been a fixture in the pupil transportation community since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988. He recently served as president of NSTA and was named SBF’s Contractor of the Year in ’97. He describes his career as “exhilarating and rewarding.”
James Folkes (left) has been named vice president of operations for George Krapf Jr. & Sons. Shawn McGlinchey will serve as director of risk management for Krapf Bus Companies.
Krapf Bus Co. names new execs
May 25, 2010
James Folkes, a past NSTA board member, will serve as vice president of operations in the school bus division. Shawn McGlinchey, retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserves executive officer, has accepted the position of director of risk management.
Detroit student who stuck head out of bus window dies
May 24, 2010
The fifth-grade girl had just boarded the bus after school was dismissed. As the bus pulled away, her head hit a tree branch.
STA drivers win 11 trophies at roadeo
May 24, 2010
Twelve school bus drivers representing the contractor competed in the 57th Annual Southern California Sectional Roadeo this month. Among the awards they received was the team title in the Best Represented category. Trophy winners will compete in the State Championship Roadeo this Sunday.
Tyler Telematic GPS by Tyler Technologies leverages Tyler’s Versatrans Onscreen and Powercheck software with GPS hardware (pictured) through Geotab.
System combines GPS and telematics to improve efficiency
May 24, 2010
Tyler Telematic GPS utilizes fleet tracking capabilities, along with driver and vehicle information from Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Onscreen and Powercheck software and leverages it with GPS hardware through Geotab, helping to reduce operational and maintenance costs.
Utah gears up for school bus tech competition
May 24, 2010
The annual event will be held at Park City School District in late June. Two Utah technicians have taken first place at the national level in the past four years.
Cop accused of stop-arm running won’t be charged
May 20, 2010
A school bus driver and another witness say they saw the police car — without its lights or siren on — drive by the bus while it was unloading a student. But the district attorney says an investigation found “reasonable doubt” that a violation had occurred.

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