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Hawaii DOE issues recommendations for school bus deficit
January 22, 2010
In light of a $12 million school transportation deficit, the Department of Education is recommending eliminating some routes, consolidating other routes and increasing walking distances for grades 3 through high school.
Diesel price projected to climb over next 2 years
January 19, 2010
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the average price of diesel to rise about 28 percent from 2009 through 2011. A smaller increase is projected for average gasoline price.
Columbia, S.C., will host the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference this year.
Southeastern conference details revealed
January 19, 2010
The regional pupil transportation event will be held in Columbia, S.C., in July. The South Carolina state association will hold its annual conference concurrently.
School bus driver picks up lost child, sticks to protocol
January 19, 2010
Doretha Jackson, who has been a school bus driver for Lee County Public Schools for 11 years, said that when she saw the toddler walking alone down the street, she remembered her driver training.
Alexander Chen (center), a student at Irvington High School in Freemont, Calif., submitted the winning essay for IC Bus' 2009 America's Greenest School contest. He received a $5,000 scholarship and his teacher, Clint Johns (to Chen's left), received $3,000 for green school supplies.
IC Bus in search of America’s Greenest School
January 19, 2010
For the manufacturer’s second annual contest, students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from IC, a “green” audit and $20,000 for green initiatives.
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Navistar Parts program offers cash for unused inventory
January 19, 2010
The Customer Parts Recovery program allows customers to return new or obsolete parts or overstocks and receive money or credit for future purchases. Those interested in participating in the program should contact their parts sales managers at International truck or IC Bus dealerships.
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Pupil transporters affected by Haitian earthquake receive support
January 15, 2010
Student Transportation of America has partnered with the school community in Greenwich, Conn., to provide aid to Haitian-American bus drivers and monitors whose loved ones have been impacted by the disaster. The company is helping its staff to communicate with relatives, and a company-wide donation system has been established.
School bus drivers organize charitable giving year round
January 15, 2010
One driver organizes an annual golf tournament, which last year raised $3,700. Holiday meals and gifts are also donated annually to families in need.
Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
Registration open for Thomas Built maintenance program
January 13, 2010
The Thomas Built Institute, to be held May 11-14, will include instruction on 2010 emissions and electrical systems for school bus technicians. The course is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention.
Versatrans Solutions to undergo leadership change
January 13, 2010
Doug Hamlin will step down as president of the student transportation software provider in February 2011. The move is part of a long-term strategy to transfer the ownership and leadership responsibilities of Versatrans, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2008.
A new bill in the Minnesota State Legislature would require that school buses purchased after this year be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. A state pupil transportation group says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
Minnesota bill would mandate belts on buses
January 12, 2010
School buses purchased after this year would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for passengers. The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation says that any such requirement by the Legislature should be funded.
High school students serve as bus monitors
January 12, 2010
In a pilot program designed by a D.A.R.E. police officer, juniors and seniors will ride the school bus with elementary school students to improve safety and reduce bullying incidents.
Mississippi may toughen penalties for illegal bus passing
January 12, 2010
A new bill would require convicted offenders to pay fines of $500 to $5,000, and their driver’s license would be suspended for 30 days. The legislation is named after a 5-year-old who was killed while leaving his school bus last month.
Fleet program seeks to cut down on crashes
January 12, 2010
Insurance provider The Hartford offers a new suite of risk management tools to its school bus contractor customers.
Bus in fatal crash was not school bus
January 8, 2010
Some national and even international media outlets reported that an Ohio accident on Thursday involved multiple fatalities on a school bus. The vehicle was actually a shuttle-type paratransit bus carrying adults with special needs.
Arizona district equips school bus with Internet access
January 8, 2010
School officials say the Wi-Fi service encourages students to study during the bus ride and contributes to a quieter, safer atmosphere on board.
ASBC to present Web seminar on Love the Bus
January 8, 2010
SBF-hosted event on Jan. 13 will provide attendees with tips on how to hold engaging Love the Bus activities, how to receive media attention and ways that the American School Bus Council can support their efforts.
Cummins receives EPA certification for 2010 engines
January 8, 2010
Several of the company’s heavy- and medium-duty engines, including the ISB6.7 and ISC8.3, which are used for school bus applications, meet the agency’s near-zero emissions level requirement. Cummins has utilized selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the EPA’s 2010 standards.
NTSB found that the severity of injuries in a 2008 bus crash in Florida was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled over at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.
Report looks at lap belts in bus crash
January 5, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board says the severity of injuries in a 2008 school bus rollover was mitigated by lap belts. The bus rolled at least twice, and the body separated from the chassis.

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