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Distraction, blocked view caused school bus rail crossing accident, officials say
June 20, 2014
An investigation conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada into the March 26, 2013, collision in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, found that the driver was likely distracted by tasks associated with road traffic and pedestrian activity near the crossing at the time of the accident. The school bus’ frame (A-pillar) and side mirror adjacent to the door also obstructed the driver’s view and concealed the train when the driver looked for a train.
Man looking for ride allegedly steals school bus
June 20, 2014
Donald L. Francis is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class C felony, after allegedly stealing a North Wood R-IV (Mo.) School District bus. Francis admits to sheriff’s deputies that he was intoxicated and looking for a ride, found a school bus with keys in it, and drove to St. Clair, which is where authorities found the bus.
Zonar's free web seminar will explain how fleets are using telematics to boost safety and efficiency. Pictured is Zonar's Z Pass ridership tracking system.
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
First Student to expand operations in New York
June 20, 2014
The contractor will hire 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors to perform work for a new contract with Erie County Preschool and Early Intervention Program. The contract goes into effect in September.
Houston Independent School District board member Manuel Rodriguez Jr. (center right) accepts an award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Also among those pictured are district fleet personnel who have served in the military.
Texas district honored for hiring military
June 19, 2014
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, a U.S. Department of Defense office, presents an award to Houston Independent School District for its efforts to recruit and retain military personnel.
Fort Wayne Community Schools got a $314,108 grant to pay for diesel particulate filters from Hug Filtersystems and the equipment to clean them.
Indiana district to equip 24 more buses with DPFs
June 19, 2014
Fort Wayne Community Schools gets a $314,108 grant to pay for the diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and the equipment to clean them. The addition of the Hug mobiclean filters will bring Fort Wayne’s total number of DPF-equipped buses to 160.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
District displays rusted bus, gets funding greenlight
June 19, 2014
Medina (Ohio) City School District officials parked one of the district’s buses outside Medina High School before a city school board meeting took place so board members and the public could see the corrosion that has rendered many of the district’s buses irreparable. The board approved funding for 15 new school buses and approved soliciting bids for the purchase of two additional school buses equipped to transport students with special needs.
Douglas County (Colo.) School District sponsored a competition between its bus terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of idling time. Photo by John Horton
Anti-idling contest saves about $15,000 in fuel
June 19, 2014
Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s transportation department sponsored a competition between its west, east and north terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of school bus engine idling time. The winning terminal cut its idling time by 50% — and won a catered lunch.
The Labors' International Union of North America launched a publicity tour featuring a bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.
Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign
June 19, 2014
The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Labors' International Union of North America, requesting that the union not negatively represent the yellow bus in its highway bill reauthorization campaign. But on Monday, the union launched a tour featuring a school bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony for two alumni who are fallen soldiers, unveiling decals that honored them on two school buses. American flags were hung in front of the decals until members of the U.S. Army took them down and folded them.
District decals buses to honor fallen alumni soldiers
June 18, 2014
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony on May 30 for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of its buses that honor the students and presenting framed versions to their mothers.
Tags: Michigan
SecureFleet combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets. 
ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive debut risk reduction solution for school buses
June 18, 2014
SecureFleet, developed exclusively for ProSight niche transportation customers, combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets.
District to fire driver who let son drive school bus
June 17, 2014
Theresa Robinson admitted to allowing her son to drive the school bus that was assigned to her. An investigation conducted by Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools found that Robinson's son took the bus to be washed and detailed and that no children were on board at the time.
Tags: Florida
A new federal report found that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm. Photo by W. Robert Howell
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
Tags: NHTSA
Manatee County School District is using a bus that no longer runs in its fleet to feed low-income students during the summer. The bus, shown here, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches.
District uses school bus for program that feeds low-income students
June 16, 2014
The Manatee County (Fla.) School District’s school bus, which no longer runs in its fleet, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches to more than 100 children each day. The food bus program runs through Aug. 8 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tags: Florida
Automotive International's ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, and provides better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
Automotive International unveils enhanced hybrid coating
June 16, 2014
ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, leaving “virtually no chance” of moisture migration and providing better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
A record number of pupil transportation professionals are expected to attend the 50th Annual GAPT Conference. Pictured is a lively session from the group's 2012 gathering.
Georgia pupil transportation group gathers for 50th conference
June 12, 2014
A record number of school bus professionals are expected to attend the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation's June 16-19 event on Jekyll Island, Ga. The milestone conference will offer more than 100 hours of professional learning across five tracks of study.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Thomas Built's Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage for units built on or after Oct. 1.
Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage
June 12, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from one year, for units built on or after Oct. 1. Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years.
Zonar's new service bundles include hardware, installation and training. Photo courtesy of Zonar Systems.
Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages
June 12, 2014
All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company officials say. Prices start at less than $20 per month.

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