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Thomas Built, Zonar to offer telematics solution
April 14, 2014
The school bus OEM will partner with Zonar Systems to provide factory-installed telematics features for Saf-T-Liner C2 models as standard equipment. The Zonar platform will have the ability to send and receive data from the engine as well as give insight on overall vehicle performance, driver behavior and monitoring of passengers through Thomas Built’s multiplex wiring system.
Companies partner to develop batteries for Lion all-electric bus
April 14, 2014
EnerDel Inc. will build the main battery components in Indiana, and B3CG Interconnect Inc. will complete the final battery and wiring harness assembly in Quebec.
CleanFUEL USA unveils new propane fuel management system
April 14, 2014
Officials for the propane technology supplier say that with the new CleanFUEL eCONNECT system, fleet managers can economically monitor and control fuel inventories with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.
Highway Safety Investigator Robert Accetta is part of the go-team that the NTSB sent to the accident site. Here, he documents the damaged motorcoach.Photo courtesy NTSB
10 dead in motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 11, 2014
The bus is traveling on a freeway and carrying high school students on their way to California’s Humboldt State University for a tour when the FedEx semi-truck crosses the freeway’s median and collides with the bus. The drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students are killed. The California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
Nebraska state pupil transportation director Russ Inbody passes
April 11, 2014
Inbody, who worked for the Nebraska Department of Education for 37 years, died last month after a long illness. Nebraska Council of School Administrators officials call Inbody "an invaluable resource and support for school districts in his work in school finance, transportation services and negotiating the ever-complicated [school finance] formula."
EPA honors North Carolina for clean air initiatives
April 10, 2014
The federal agency selects the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Air Quality in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The program that the EPA recognizes, “Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here,” is chosen for its impact, innovation and replicability.
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Changes to Bedford (Ohio) City School District's bus evacuation drills have made them safer and more orderly, officials say. Here, evacuation teams wait for students to come out to board the buses.
District's new plan targets better bus evacuation drills
April 9, 2014
At Bedford (Ohio) City School District, officials say that changes in the school bus evacuation drill program have led to safer and more focused training for students and staff. Supervisor of Transportation Patrick Carney shares the details on the new drill system.
NSTA launches redesigned website
April 9, 2014
New features of the contractor association’s website include detailed information for school administrators to use when considering contracting, and a centralized place to find school transportation services when looking for contractors interested in providing school transportation in a specific state or Canadian province.
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NAPT names new marketing and communications specialist
April 9, 2014
Megan Geroux has more than 10 years of experience as a communications professional in the association world — most recently as the communications director for an association management company in Albany, N.Y. NAPT officials say Geroux specializes in creative communications and uses her “keen listening skills to uncover and share associations' unique stories.”
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Bus driver honored as state conducts illegal-passing sweep
April 8, 2014
Charles Albertson, a bus driver for New York's Wappingers Central School District, was named the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisors’ Association's School Bus Driver of the Year last week. Meanwhile, the state conducted its annual Operation Safe Stop initiative, bringing together school bus operations and law enforcement agencies to ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses.
The Ashland (Mass.) Police Department tweeted this photo of a school bus window that was shattered by a turkey’s miscalculated flight.
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
New Idaho law protects bus drivers who come to aid of students
April 8, 2014
Gov. Butch Otter approves Senate Bill 1232, which amends current law to provide that school bus drivers, while they are acting within the scope of their duties, will not be civilly or criminally liable for reasonably acting to assist a bus passenger whom the driver believes to be in imminent danger of harm or injury. The law will take effect on July 1.
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Investigators say they believe a school bus driver left his bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child. Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
Unattended school bus rolls, strikes student
April 7, 2014
Investigators say they believe the bus driver left the bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child who was standing on a corner. All five children have been released from the hospital, and the driver has been arrested on multiple charges.
Florida district buys 98 propane buses
April 7, 2014
Broward County Public Schools’ move is being called the nation’s largest single order of propane autogas school buses by a school district. Broward officials say that they expect a six-month return on investment for the additional purchase price of the alternative-fuel buses due to fuel cost and maintenance savings.
In observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, the transportation department at Woodward Public Schools has decorated its buses with blue ribbons.
Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month
April 7, 2014
The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”
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Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
District revamps emergency procedures for special-needs students
April 4, 2014
Among the changes at Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools transportation department is the requirement for bus drivers to call 911 first when there’s a medical emergency, and bus drivers also receive more training in handling students with disabilities as well as undergo a new debriefing process when a medically fragile student has an issue. The changes are in response to the deaths of two special-needs students in 2012.
Students not seriously injured when bus overturns
April 4, 2014
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.

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