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Delaware restores funding for school bus transportation
June 24, 2010
To meet the budget gap, the Joint Finance Committee decides to reduce the number of new buses to be purchased and the number of routes to be added for the next school year.
Los Angeles district buys Thomas Built CNG units
June 24, 2010
The 130 Saf-T-Liner HDX buses will join Los Angeles Unified School District’s fleet of more than 300 alternative-fueled school buses. The district’s transportation department, which currently operates the largest CNG fleet in California, only accepts bids for buses that operate on alternative fuels.
Scholarships available for upcoming training events
June 23, 2010
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, and his wife, Linda, have endowed one scholarship for a school bus driver trainer to attend the NYAPT/CYR Foundation Conference and three scholarships for driver trainers to attend the 2010 NAPT Summit.
First Student honors veteran school bus drivers, aides
June 23, 2010
Sixty-five of the contractor’s employees have served their communities for 40 years or more. In other news, First Student parent company FirstGroup America is raising awareness for National Safety Month by reminding motorists to turn off mobile devices while driving.
A New Jersey Senate committee approved legislation that would expand background check requirements to school bus drivers who don’t currently fall under the mandate. Pictured is the State House, where the Legislature meets.
Bill would expand background check requirements
June 22, 2010
The New Jersey legislation would mandate that school bus drivers for nonpublic schools undergo criminal history record checks. School bus drivers employed by agencies like the Department of Human Services would also fall under the requirement.
Tags: CDL
IMMI’s new CEO, Larry Gray (left), will partner with company President Tom Anthony in completing such tasks as developing and implementing the company’s global business strategy.
IMMI names new CEO
June 22, 2010
In his new position, Larry Gray will work to develop and implement the company's global business strategy and provide leadership toward achieving annual goals and objectives. Gray has worked at IMMI for nine years and previously held such positions as director of research and development and general manager.
NTSB: Distracted driving led to fatal Arizona bus crash
June 22, 2010
NTSB's investigation results in recommendations to NHTSA regarding bus safety. School buses would be exempt from recommended rulemaking on occupant protection, roof strength and window glazing.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
Texas district tests onboard video to cut discipline problems
June 22, 2010
Students are able to watch educational programming supplied by the Discovery network and History Channel during the bus ride. The system has been available to districts for three months.
New York restores funding for student farecards on MTA
June 22, 2010
The MTA Schoolfare Program had been slated for elimination in September. More than 500,000 New York City students use the public transportation program to get to school.
FMCSA issues charges against illegal operator
June 21, 2010
FMCSA charged bus operator Cayetano Martinez with 78 violations of 13 separate motor carrier safety regulations. The agency's claim identifies the four separate company names Martinez allegedly used to illegally operate and evade previous orders from FMCSA.
Tags: FMCSA
Winner named, theme chosen in conference contest
June 21, 2010
The Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event next year will carry the theme “Show Me!” — which fits its Missouri location and its focus on practical and hands-on training.
Publications provide information on diesel retrofit equipment
June 18, 2010
Technical bulletins with facts about diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters, as well as installation, operation and maintenance tips, are available on the National Clean Diesel Campaign section of the EPA Website.
Tags: emissions, EPA
Share your safety tips
June 17, 2010
SBF wants your contributions for a forthcoming article on ways to enhance safety at school bus operations. We’ll cover a wide range of areas, including on the bus, during loading/unloading, in the bus lot and in the garage.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a letter to members of Congress that NHTSA will create educational materials “highlighting the benefits of school buses and promoting their use.”
Feds to promote school bus use
June 17, 2010
The news comes in response to the pupil transportation industry’s campaign for a federally-funded program touting the benefits of school buses. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells members of Congress that NHTSA will begin creating educational materials next year.
NAPT calls for Heroism Award nominations
June 17, 2010
For a person to be considered as a recipient, he or she must be a pupil transportation professional who performed a life-saving act, or the action must directly affect a pupil transportation program. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.
Tags: NAPT
Transportation department develops safety programs
June 17, 2010
Bus drivers will be able to reward students for participating in the "Meet Me at the Bus Stop" and "My Brother's Keeper" programs, both of which are designed to improve school bus safety. The developments come after an accident in which a kindergartner was struck and killed by a passing motorist.
Illinois district to reconsider bus pass fees
June 17, 2010
A high volume of complaints from parents has led the school board to reconsider its policy, which would have saved $85,000.
Perley Thomas opened Perley A. Thomas Car Works in 1916. The company manufactured streetcars until 1936, when it began producing school buses. Perley served as a design consultant for the company, now known as Thomas Built Buses, until his death in 1958.
Thomas Built Buses founder to be honored
June 16, 2010
On Friday, Perley A. Thomas will be inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame. Thomas opened a streetcar manufacturing company, Perley A. Thomas Car Works, in 1916, which began manufacturing school buses 20 years later.
First Student wins Ohio, Michigan contracts
June 16, 2010
Under a three-year agreement, the contractor will serve Columbus City Schools beginning July 1, operating more than 270 of the district’s routes. The company’s three-year contract with Oak Park Schools will begin with the 2010-11 school year. It will provide regular and special-education busing for students.
BusConduct celebrates 10 years of bus safety
June 15, 2010
Since 2000, the Web-based application has been used to help discipline over 78,000 students nationwide, resulting in increased school bus safety and happier bus drivers, company officials say.

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