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Cherie Houser has been appointed executive director of the Wisconsin School Bus Association.
Wisconsin School Bus Association names new director
August 11, 2014
Cherie Houser is appointed executive director of the state’s school transportation association. She previously served as vice president of a different transportation-related group: the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.
Tags: Wisconsin
Don Collins, founder of Collins Bus Corp., and known for creating the Type A small school bus, passed away on July 29 at the age of 83. He will be laid to rest on Aug. 8 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Don Collins, founder of Collins Bus, passes away
August 7, 2014
Collins, known as the "father of the Type A small school bus," passed away at his home in Florida on July 29 at the age of 83. He will be laid to rest on Aug. 8 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Autauga County School System drivers signed up for the free Yellow Dot program as part of a back-to-school event at the Autauga County Extension Office on Tuesday.
School bus drivers provide vital info for 1st responders
August 7, 2014
In Autauga County, Alabama, 150 school bus drivers sign up for Yellow Dot, a free program that officials say provides potentially life-saving information to first responders in the event of a crash. The drivers get their photos taken and complete a personal form with emergency contact and medical info.
Georgia district, American Traffic Solutions combat illegal bus passing
August 7, 2014
City Schools of Decatur will deploy CrossingGuard, which is equipped with external cameras that capture an image of a violating vehicle's license plate and a video clip of the event. The schools, police department and supplier have also released a video public service announcement to help educate the community about the student safety initiative.
Louisiana districts get more time for bus route changes
August 7, 2014
An opinion from the state attorney general determines that districts should begin the process of complying with Act 654, which prohibits school bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes, but that the act gives no specified completion date, letting districts take their time to implement changes.
Albuquerque Public Schools' student transportation services department hosted a back-to-school training conference for more than 400 bus drivers and aides.
District holds training conference for over 400 bus drivers, aides
August 6, 2014
Albuquerque Public Schools' back-to-school event trains transportation personnel on such topics as emergency procedures, behavior intervention and bullying. One session gives school bus drivers tips on "how to avoid ending up on the 10 o’clock news."
The Vehicle Lift Connection blog features tips, tricks, product updates, news, features, interviews and other content focusing on the heavy duty vehicle lift community.
Stertil-Koni unveils ‘Vehicle Lift Connection’ blog
August 6, 2014
The blog features tips, tricks, product updates, news, features, interviews and other content focusing on the heavy duty vehicle lift community.
Since Seon’s 2013 Coloring Contest received an overwhelming response last year, the company has decided to hold the contest annually. Pictured here are entries from last year's contest.
Seon launches 2014 anti-bullying Coloring Contest
August 6, 2014
The contest will consist of two parts this year: for part one, contestants are asked to draw a “No Bullies on My Bus” outline picture on the contest sheet, and contestants will color in the winner’s outline picture for part two. The deadline for part one entries is Sept. 22.
Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools was among the latest to complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation program.
9 NAPT members earn special-needs endorsement
August 5, 2014
School transportation professionals from six states and one Canadian province complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s Special Needs Transportation program. The endorsement program consists of a series of classroom and hands-on training sessions.
Tags: NAPT
Thomas Built invites parents to submit a photo of their child that best represents the back to school season. Pictured here is one of last year's winning photos.
Thomas Built Back to School Photo Contest returns
August 5, 2014
The bus manufacturer invites parents to submit a photo of their child that best represents the back to school season through Sept. 15. The top five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child’s school.
PulseTech Products has developed the SP-5, a solar-powered solution to continually charge, maintain and significantly extend the normal lifecycles of 12-volt and 24-volt batteries. Pictured here is an SP-5 installed on the roof of a school bus.
Solar-powered solution extends school bus battery life
August 5, 2014
PulseTech Products’ SP-5 provides 5 watts of power in a solar panel, and offers renewable energy for vehicles that are unable to hook up to outlets, according to the company. The SP-5 also replaces power loss from electrical accessories that occurs even when the ignition is turned off, and its patented Pulse Technology removes damaging sulfate crystals from the battery plates, company officials said.
Tags: batteries
When operators have problems with brush machines, they typically stem from the same two issues: worn-out brushes and improper use of chemicals/soap. Photo courtesy Awash Systems Corp.
Bus washing: soft touch or touchless?
August 5, 2014
When it comes to wash systems, two thoughts prevail: brushes scratch and a touchless wash doesn’t clean the film off the vehicle. Both are somewhat true when you are not optimizing the equipment or using the proper methods to maximize the results. Here are tips for effective use.
The "Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines" training program was developed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the School Bus Safety Co.
New training program targets response to downed power lines
August 4, 2014
The program, "Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines," was developed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the School Bus Safety Co. The two organizations worked with experts from the power industry to create the training for school bus drivers and students.
School bus caught in sagging power lines
August 4, 2014
School officials in British Columbia say that the bus driver evacuated the passengers in this case because the downed wires had sparked a small fire. However, the officials say, "Normally passengers are advised to stay inside the vehicle if live electrical wires are a factor."
6 special-needs students suffer minor injuries in bus crash
August 4, 2014
The Atlantic County (N.J.) Special Services School District elementary school students, three of whom are in wheelchairs, and two adults, are taken to the hospital after a collision between their school bus and a truck last month. The driver of the truck stopped at an intersection but proceeded through it without making sure it was clear when the truck was struck by the school bus.
Driver allegedly left special-needs kids alone on bus without air conditioning
August 4, 2014
Two Vernon (N.J.) Township Schools students, ages 7 and 9, are found after having been trapped inside the bus for more than 45 minutes with the windows up. The driver may face criminal charges, including endangering the welfare of a child and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.
More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants take part in the first job fair at Kent ISD.
Job fair for school bus drivers will be annual event
August 4, 2014
More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants take part in the first job fair at Kent ISD. Transportation Coordinator John Savage discusses the turnout of the event, which was a joint effort of 12 school districts and one school bus contractor.
Hundreds of First Student school bus drivers transported athletes, coaches and spectators at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey in June.
First Student transports 10,000 Special Olympics participants
August 4, 2014
The school bus contractor provided shuttle service for the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. Hundreds of school bus drivers transported athletes, coaches and spectators to various venues.
Danville Public Schools’ new conduct policy for school bus riders took seven months to develop.
District aims to get parents on board with new bus code of conduct
August 1, 2014
Danville (Va.) Public Schools’ new conduct policy for its school bus riders seeks to better inform and involve parents. Michael Adkins, director of transportation service, explains how the policy was developed and how it was tested on four buses — which he says experienced “dramatic changes” in student behavior.
FuelSense fuel-saving technology will soon come standard on Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EFX (pictured) and Saf-T-Liner HDX.
Thomas Built Buses adds FuelSense as standard equipment
July 31, 2014
Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-saving technology will come standard on Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EFX and Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses produced on or after Oct. 1, 2014.

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