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Thomas Built gets first order for SCR-equipped HDX buses
December 18, 2009
Fifty-nine of the manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses featuring selective catalytic reduction technology will be delivered to a Maryland school district in June and July 2010.
REI's YouTube channel features demos and informational videos.
REI launches electronic catalog, YouTube channel
December 17, 2009
Web-based media tools allow users to view Radio Engineering Industries products and warranty information online with the electronic catalog, and to learn more about the company and its products via the YouTube channel.
Blue Bird honors top dealers
December 17, 2009
Bryson Sales and Service of Utah is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2009 Dealer of the Year. Regional and "Best in Bus" awards were also given out.
Federal Highway Administration strives to improve safety on roads
December 17, 2009
A 2009 edition of the agency’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices was released this week. The manual includes new and updated requirements for numerous traffic control devices, including requiring better pavement markings to increase bike lane safety and extending walk times for pedestrians at crosswalks.
Alabama state director discusses Huntsville crash report
December 15, 2009
Joe Lightsey says the accident emphasized the need for close monitoring and strong penalties to ensure that school bus drivers buckle up.
Police charge driver for rear-ending bus
December 15, 2009
A Massachusetts man is cited by state police for following too closely after his tractor-trailer struck the back of a school bus on a highway.
School bus driver honored for teaching efforts
December 15, 2009
Johnny Campbell provides learning materials on board his bus and welcomes each student onto the bus each morning. He was honored this week by school district officials.
Industry preps for 2010 Love the Bus campaign
December 15, 2009
A press release template for media market use and a Love the Bus toolkit are available to help school bus operations honor their drivers and raise awareness among students, parents and the community about school bus safety in February.
The American School Bus Council went to Washington last week to drum up support for a public education campaign to promote increased school bus ridership.
ASBC asks for $5M in federal funds
December 11, 2009
The pupil transportation industry coalition goes to Washington to drum up support for a public education campaign to promote increased school bus ridership.
Child hit by car at bus stop, pedal misapplication cited
December 11, 2009
Police said that the 82-year-old driver of the car that passed the school bus accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake as she approached. The kindergartner later died at the hospital.
NAPT calls for proposals for 2010 conference
December 11, 2009
The presentation proposals should include practical information and advice and must meet the administrative or operational needs of industry officials. The submission deadline is April 15.
Blue Bird launches online propane calculator
December 11, 2009
The calculator is tooled specifically for the bus market and evaluates the average annual cost of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
President Obama’s nomination for administrator of NHTSA, David L. Strickland, has served on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for eight years.
Obama picks Senate aide to head NHTSA
December 9, 2009
As senior counsel of the Senate’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee, David L. Strickland is currently the lead staff person for NHTSA oversight. He is recognized as an expert in vehicle fuel economy, vehicle safety and driver behavior factors.
Blue Bird redesigns cockpit of Type C unit
December 8, 2009
The revamped driver’s area in the Vision school bus boasts ergonomic placement of switches and controls, an easy-to-read instrument panel, a redesigned electrical panel and a foot-applied parking brake, among other features.
In a three-year agreement, member schools of the National Junior College Athletic Association will receive "most favored customer" status and associated discounts from Collins Bus.
Collins Bus becomes NJCAA sponsor
December 8, 2009
In a three-year agreement, member schools of the National Junior College Athletic Association will receive "most favored customer" status and associated discounts from Collins Bus.
First 2010 emissions-compliant IC buses delivered
December 8, 2009
A Mississippi district receives 28 IC Bus CE Series school buses equipped with EPA-certified MaxxForce DT Advanced EGR engines from Navistar.
Feds give guidance on special-needs transportation
December 7, 2009
New Q&A document from the U.S. Department of Education provides clarification on IDEA regulations for transporting students with disabilities. Topics covered include communication, mainstreaming on regular routes and climate control on buses.
D.C. petitions for control of pupil transportation system
December 7, 2009
In a court filing, city officials reportedly lauded D.C. Public Schools Transportation Administrator David Gilmore for establishing a well-run school bus system and believe it is time to return control to local authorities. The city hopes to have control of the transportation system, which only serves special-needs students, by July 2010.
Bus aide fired for misconduct
December 7, 2009
The aide, who worked for a Maryland school district, reportedly held a special-needs boy’s head out the window of his moving school bus following a discipline problem. The district’s transportation director may increase training for bus drivers and aides in light of the incident.
Dave Emerson tells SBF that his extensive training kicked in as he arrived at a bus stop where two girls’ mother had been shot.
Driver keeps kids safe at shooting scene
December 4, 2009
Dave Emerson tells SBF that his extensive training kicked in as he arrived at a bus stop where two girls’ mother had been shot. The board of his Indiana school district honored him last week for his decisive response to the tragedy.

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