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DriveLogik monitors driver performance to improve behavior
April 2, 2014
The new technology, which can be used on school buses, features the Driver Awareness Panel, an in-vehicle display that provides drivers with coaching through visual and audible notifications to drive more efficiently. Company officials say that by helping to improve driving behavior, the product can deliver fuel savings of up to 10%.
Council to review easing bus safety light limits
April 1, 2014
The Calgary City Council wants to expand the areas where school buses can activate flashing safety lights or stop signs to halt traffic while children are unloading or boarding, since current bylaws only allow buses to use safety lights in some areas in the city. The issue was raised last month when a 7-year-old boy was struck by a car after unloading from a school bus.
NSTA members meet with legislators on Capitol Hill
April 1, 2014
School bus contractors are discussing key issues with congressional representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the National School Transportation Association’s annual Capitol Hill Spring Bus-In.
Minnesota bus driver strives to be a mentor to students
April 1, 2014
Seventy-four-year-old Paul Aasen began working at Saints Bus Services in 2001, and he says he plans to drive for as long as he’s physically able to. He says he enjoys talking to the students he transports, and in addition to being a mentor, his goal is to encourage them to be respectful.
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Durham takes over Atlantic Express' Philadelphia operations
April 1, 2014
Durham will operate student transportation services for the School District of Philadelphia, which adds 364 buses, 320 routes and more than 500 employees to the company’s existing operations. To welcome the newly hired team members, Durham held an employee kickoff event, which included a barbecue lunch and distribution of new safety vests.
Hydraulic hybrid system offered for buses
April 1, 2014
Lightning Hybrids has released a new version of its hydraulic hybrid system for certain types of school and commercial buses. Hydraulic pumps/motors and an accumulator (power storage unit) are added to existing engines to store braking energy and use it to accelerate the vehicle.
Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses
March 31, 2014
The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.
Blue Bird to hold 3-day technical training
March 27, 2014
The course will cover maintenance-related subjects for Blue Bird and Micro Bird buses, including electrical, multiplex diagnostics, instrumentation and engine emissions. The training will be held July 28 to 30 in Reno, Nev.
Boston district votes to expand transit bus pass program
March 27, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ school committee approves Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year, which included a proposal to expand the district’s mass transit bus pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students and eliminate yellow bus service for these students. The move is reportedly met by opposition from some, including the Boston City Council, which believes the proposal requires more evaluation.
Seon, RedSpeed partner on stop-arm violation solution
March 27, 2014
When the video cameras from Seon detect a stop-arm violation, evidence will be uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed. If verified, RedSpeed will forward an evidence package to law enforcement personnel for review, then print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
8-year-old hit by teen driver passing bus
March 27, 2014
A Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., girl is seriously injured when a 17-year-old driving a pickup truck illegally passes her stopped school bus and strikes her. The girl is taken to the hospital, but a local news source reports that her condition is improving.
TransPower’s ElecTruck Drive System has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus, and it is being tested at California’s Escondido Union High School District.
California district pilots electric drive system on bus
March 27, 2014
Escondido Union High School District is testing the ElecTruck Drive System from TransPower for one month. The system has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX unit, and Director of Transportation Robert Berkstresser says data being tracked during the pilot period include the battery stability, motor efficiency and the reserve percentage of energy after a route.
Driver arrested after allegedly ordering students off bus
March 26, 2014
Wesner Laventure is arraigned on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. Police are notified of the situation by the mother of one of the students, who was told by other children that Laventure had forced a number of passengers off the bus at different locations, including busy highways.
Thermo King honors top dealers
March 26, 2014
The manufacturer of temperature control systems presents its 2013 Dealer Awards to companies that provide superior and consistent customer service. Regional dealer awards are distributed, and Thermo King of North Florida in Jacksonville receives the Bus Dealer of the Year award.
Transportation director wins Ohio association's top award
March 26, 2014
The Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation honors Toledo Public Schools' Brad Aemisegger with the William Rice Award of Excellence, which designates the state's transportation supervisor of the year. Aemisegger got his start in the industry almost 30 years ago as a school bus driver for the Toledo district.
Update: District switches to 3-tier transportation
March 26, 2014
The board at Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools approves a plan to adjust bell times from four to three tiers, which will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. However, the board decides against shortening walking distances to the levels at which they had been up until last school year.
Former manager sentenced for stealing $572K from districts
March 25, 2014
Michelle Pumilia is sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison without the possibility of parole, and she is permanently barred from public employment and must forfeit all public pension and retirement benefits. From 2005 to 2012, while she was employed at two different school districts, Pumilia stole the majority of the money by authorizing payments to fictitious bus companies for transportation services that were never provided to the districts.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses
March 24, 2014
Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.
SBF named a Maggie Award finalist
March 24, 2014
The SCHOOL BUS FLEET 2013 Fact Book is one of five contenders in the category of Guides, Catalogues and Directories. The Maggie Awards recognize trade and consumer publishing excellence in the western U.S.

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