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A total of $3 million is going to fleets across the nation in the 2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program.
76 school bus fleets win EPA rebates
January 19, 2015
The $3 million in rebates will be used in replacing more than 200 older diesel school buses.
Ohio district to test GPS app on school buses
January 16, 2015
North Ridgeville City Schools is testing GPS units on two of its buses for a proposed app that would show school bus locations and real-time arrival information. The district aims to improve communication with parents, help drivers stay on schedule and save on fuel costs.
Proposed Florida bill would increase bus passing penalties
January 16, 2015
Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop Safety is named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was fatally struck by a car after deboarding her school bus in 2010. The bill would increase the severity of charges for passing a bus on the boarding side and increase fines.
Investigation continues into fatal school bus-train collision
January 15, 2015
There is no conclusion yet on whether the bus driver in the Larimore, North Dakota, crash suffered a medical event, officials say. The parents of two of the children aboard the bus say the driver “slumped over” in his chair. Meanwhile, the community makes efforts to support the families of those impacted by the crash.
A bill that would require home-side school bus stops would raise operating costs an estimated 30%, according to the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation. Photo courtesy NHTSA
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
School bus driver charged in crash didn’t disclose medical info
January 15, 2015
Gerald Rupple was driving a bus last year for the Orange (Calif.) Unified School District when he passed out and crashed, injuring 11 students. He is accused of failing to disclose his medical problems when he was hired, and he faces several charges.
School bus driver rescues woman from overturned car
January 15, 2015
Larry Cornett was driving on his morning route for Burke County (N.C.) Public Schools when another bus driver notified him of a crash on the route. He pulled the driver out of her car and waited with her on his bus until help arrived.
Go Where the Bus Goes employs a colorful cast of characters to promote the importance of safety procedures on the bus.
Bus driver’s book teaches safety to young riders
January 14, 2015
Lorraine Fletcher has been driving a school bus for seven years, and she drew on her experience as she penned Go Where the Bus Goes.
School bus with boy behind wheel hits building
January 14, 2015
Tiffanie Brown of Merrimack, New Hampshire, allegedly directed her 5-year-old son through checks of the reverse and brake lights, and he shifted the bus into reverse, causing it to drive backwards and into a building. She is charged with child endangerment and reckless conduct.
School Bus Xchange will bring industry thought leaders together with product and service providers for two days of interaction.
NAPT, SBF launch School Bus Xchange
January 13, 2015
The new SBX event will bring industry thought leaders together with product and service providers for two days of interaction in an educational setting.
Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on under a bill proposed in Texas.
Bill would require home-side school bus stops
January 13, 2015
Buses would have to load students on the side of the road that they live on — a requirement that research has shown would be costly — under a bill proposed in Texas.
Man dies after school bus rolls on top of him
January 12, 2015
The Hazlet, Saskatchewan, man was repairing the bus. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are conducting a mechanical inspection of the bus.
Kindergartner left alone on bus found wandering street
January 9, 2015
A 6-year-old girl in Jerome, Idaho, who fell asleep and was left alone on her school bus for about two hours, left the bus and walked for about half a mile before a firefighter found her. The girl did not appear to be injured.
The state pupil transportation directors’ annual gathering this year will be held in November in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by CoredesatChikai
NASDPTS reveals dates for 2015 conference
January 8, 2015
The state pupil transportation directors’ annual gathering this year will be held Nov. 8-11 in Richmond, Virginia.
Mark Rosekind (right), a fatigue expert who just ended a term with the National Transportation Safety Board, now helms the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Former NTSB member named administrator of NHTSA
January 8, 2015
Mark Rosekind, a fatigue expert who just ended a term with the National Transportation Safety Board, is expected to bolster defect investigations at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NAPT expands leadership initiative
January 8, 2015
The Leading Every Day initiative consists of six webinars, starting Jan. 13, covering project management and long-term process initiatives.
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Stop-arm cameras still OK under law change in Ohio
January 8, 2015
A new law that takes effect in March will effectively end the use of cameras for traffic enforcement at red lights, but an exemption allows the continued use of school bus stop-arm cameras.
Kansas school bus drivers ask for summer unemployment benefits
January 7, 2015
During a legislative forum in Wichita, contracted drivers ask legislators to support a bill that would make them eligible to collect the benefits during summer break.
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A boy was dragged about 80 feet by a car that was passing his school bus as he crossed the street.
9-year-old struck by car passing school bus
January 7, 2015
The boy was dragged 80 feet and knocked unconscious when he was hit by a car while crossing the street on Tuesday in Lakewood, New Jersey.
An event in Baltimore on Saturday aims to develop ways to cut down on long transit rides and taxi costs for students. Photo from Maryland MTA
Baltimore group seeks solutions for school transit
January 7, 2015
A community event aims to develop ways to cut down on long transit rides and taxi costs for students. Baltimore City Public Schools will provide seed funding for the best proposals.

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