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Louisiana state law may put more miles on school buses
July 8, 2014
The law, which was intended to address safety problems in metropolitan areas, prohibits school bus drivers from loading or unloading students at school or near their homes in a way that would cause them to have to cross traffic lanes. School districts statewide are concerned that the law will cause them to double their travel times, increase their budgets and inconvenience parents.
Last week, Al Karam left Bethlehem Central School District to become director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools.
New York transportation director Al Karam switches districts
July 8, 2014
After 14 years at Bethlehem Central School District, Al Karam has moved to a different — and bigger — district. In his new position as director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools, he will oversee a significantly larger fleet and about twice as many employees.
Trucker gets prison term for crash that killed bus driver
July 7, 2014
In the July 2012 incident in New York, authorities said that Raymond Ragen crashed his cement truck into an overpass and then collided head-on with a small school bus. The bus driver was killed, and an attendant and four children were injured.
An upcoming training event will provide hands-on education in how to properly use and operate Q'Straint and Sure-Lok products for school transportation.
Q'Straint, Sure-Lok offer free training seminar
July 7, 2014
The two-day event in November will provide hands-on education in how to properly use and operate Q'Straint and Sure-Lok products for school transportation. The company covers hotel, ground transportation and meals during training.
Sharon Parker (shown center) is pictured with Alan Mustard, First Student Marysville location manager (second from right), and representatives of the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She won a Community Starfish Award for her work with children with disabilities.
First Student monitor awarded for work with children with disabilities
July 7, 2014
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio presents Sharon Parker with a Community Starfish Award. Alan Mustard, First Student location manager, says Parker is “dedicated to the children she helps transport, and is committed to making riding the bus a positive experience by showing them care, compassion and respect.”
Bus assistant resigns after being accused of slapping autistic child
July 7, 2014
Pasco County (Fla.) Schools bus assistant James Lambert was charged with two counts of child abuse after allegedly striking a 10-year-old boy for cursing. The district had planned to start the process of terminating his employment, according to a spokeswoman. Lambert had been reprimanded multiple times in the past; however, in none of those instances was he accused of hitting a child.
NSTA member Durham School Services provided the three yellow buses that were used in the Civil Rights Bus Ride in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
School buses drive Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights Act event
July 3, 2014
The American School Bus Council takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Bus Ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. National School Transportation Association member Durham School Services provides the three yellow buses that are used in the event.
Driver honored for saving 40 children from bus fire
July 3, 2014
Last week, the Wisconsin School Bus Association named Steve Linehan Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year and presented him with a plaque at a luncheon. Linehan was driving the students to an elementary school, stopped the bus when he smelled smoke, and evacuated the children as flames spread. There were only very minor injuries.
Three adults arrested in school bus theft
July 3, 2014
The adults, along with two juveniles, allegedly took the school activity bus from the Richlands (Va.) High School campus and drove it onto the athletic field of Southwest Virginia Community College. Officials are looking into how one of the adults apparently obtained the keys used to operate the bus.
Christopher Hart, who is now acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, discussed school bus crash investigations at last fall's NAPT Summit.
Christopher Hart tapped to chair National Transportation Safety Board
July 3, 2014
President Obama nominates Hart to serve a two-year term as chairman of the federal accident investigation agency. Hart, who has spoken about school bus crash investigations at industry events, would succeed Deborah Hart, who resigned in April.
School bus company closes after 58 years
July 3, 2014
The Douglas family, which ran Douglas Transportation Inc. for three generations, signed a pact with Oregon-based Western States Bus Services Inc., selling all 12 of its buses and its contract with the school district. School budget cuts had lowered profit margins for the company.
Most recent investor Gary Magness gives a thumbs-up while driving the Trans Tech Bus SST-e all-electric school bus, powered by Motiv Power Systems. Photo by PRNewsFoto/Motiv Power Systems
Electric school bus production to increase with $7.3M powertrain investment
July 3, 2014
Funding from investors comes as the second Motiv Power Systems-equipped Trans Tech all-electric school bus is delivered to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, California. The supplier expects to fulfill orders for 20 this year, an estimate that may reach 100 in 2015, said Motiv Power Systems Founder and CEO Jim Castelaz.
With the retirement of Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer of Cummins’ engine business, Jennifer Rumsey has been named his successor.
Cummins engine veteran Steve Charlton retires
July 2, 2014
During his more than 20 years with the engine manufacturer, Charlton’s notable efforts included working on early plans for the V-8 light-duty diesel engine and leading the development of heavy-duty engine products to meet the 2007 EPA emissions standards. He is succeeded by Jennifer Rumsey.
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$378K allotted for busing district’s rural students
July 1, 2014
The one-time funding allocation from the Peace River Regional District in British Columbia will go toward the cost of transporting students in rural areas during the 2014-15 school year. The funding eliminates the need for those rural families to pay a transportation fee.
Stop-arm cameras reducing passing violations, study shows
July 1, 2014
According to a new analysis of American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Camera programs in operation, the number of violations on bus routes where a significant stop-arm running problem is identified falls by more than 15% during the school year. The analysis also finds that less than 1% of drivers who receive one ticket get a second citation.
The "Connected Bus" solution, from AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, uses wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to extend Internet connectivity on buses, offer real-time streaming video, and allow remote monitoring of driver and student behavior. Photo by AT&T.
AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent debut ‘Connected Bus’
July 1, 2014
Now available nationwide, the new solution makes the school bus a classroom on wheels. It uses wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to extend Internet connectivity on buses, offers real-time streaming video and broadcast speakers, and allows remote monitoring of driver and student behavior to limit the potential for accidents and bullying, company officials said.
Lamers Bus Lines recently added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding its propane fleet to 59 units. Photo courtesy of Blue Bird Corp.
Wisconsin contractors add 57 propane buses
July 1, 2014
Lamers Bus Lines added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding the number of propane buses in its fleet to 59 units. Meanwhile, Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane-powered buses to 20 units.
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery.
Woodstock ups stop-arm warranty to 4 years, expands product line
June 30, 2014
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery. In addition to its left-side front and rear stop arms, the company now offers a right-side, infrared camera with a monitor on the dashboard to enhance the driver’s view of the danger zone.
Winners of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards, from left: Alfred Miller, Don Puetz, Bob Janes, Patty Schunemann and Kim Arnold.
School bus driver award brings crowd to tears
June 30, 2014
Don Puetz was among five recipients of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards. His dedication to his students, even amid personal sorrow — he lost both his wife and his daughter in the past year — made for an emotional ceremony.
Ed Bobit (right), founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, passed away on Sunday morning. He is pictured here with his son, Ty, the president and CEO of the company.
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, has passed away
June 29, 2014
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which publishes Automotive Fleet, School Bus Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.

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