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With the retirement of Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer of Cummins’ engine business, Jennifer Rumsey has been named his successor.
Cummins engine veteran Steve Charlton retires
July 2, 2014
During his more than 20 years with the engine manufacturer, Charlton’s notable efforts included working on early plans for the V-8 light-duty diesel engine and leading the development of heavy-duty engine products to meet the 2007 EPA emissions standards. He is succeeded by Jennifer Rumsey.
Tags: engines
$378K allotted for busing district’s rural students
July 1, 2014
The one-time funding allocation from the Peace River Regional District in British Columbia will go toward the cost of transporting students in rural areas during the 2014-15 school year. The funding eliminates the need for those rural families to pay a transportation fee.
Stop-arm cameras reducing passing violations, study shows
July 1, 2014
According to a new analysis of American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard School Bus Safety Camera programs in operation, the number of violations on bus routes where a significant stop-arm running problem is identified falls by more than 15% during the school year. The analysis also finds that less than 1% of drivers who receive one ticket get a second citation.
The "Connected Bus" solution, from AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, uses wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to extend Internet connectivity on buses, offer real-time streaming video, and allow remote monitoring of driver and student behavior. Photo by AT&T.
AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent debut ‘Connected Bus’
July 1, 2014
Now available nationwide, the new solution makes the school bus a classroom on wheels. It uses wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to extend Internet connectivity on buses, offers real-time streaming video and broadcast speakers, and allows remote monitoring of driver and student behavior to limit the potential for accidents and bullying, company officials said.
Lamers Bus Lines recently added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding its propane fleet to 59 units. Photo courtesy of Blue Bird Corp.
Wisconsin contractors add 57 propane buses
July 1, 2014
Lamers Bus Lines added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding the number of propane buses in its fleet to 59 units. Meanwhile, Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane-powered buses to 20 units.
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery.
Woodstock ups stop-arm warranty to 4 years, expands product line
June 30, 2014
For its school bus stop arms, Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. now provides a full, four-year warranty from the date of delivery. In addition to its left-side front and rear stop arms, the company now offers a right-side, infrared camera with a monitor on the dashboard to enhance the driver’s view of the danger zone.
Winners of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards, from left: Alfred Miller, Don Puetz, Bob Janes, Patty Schunemann and Kim Arnold.
School bus driver award brings crowd to tears
June 30, 2014
Don Puetz was among five recipients of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards. His dedication to his students, even amid personal sorrow — he lost both his wife and his daughter in the past year — made for an emotional ceremony.
Ed Bobit (right), founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, passed away on Sunday morning. He is pictured here with his son, Ty, the president and CEO of the company.
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, has passed away
June 29, 2014
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which publishes Automotive Fleet, School Bus Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Police identified Jeffery Bowie, 35, as the driver of a car that forced a school bus off the road and then intentionally backed into it.
Man charged with road rage against school bus
June 27, 2014
In Aptos, California, a school bus driver and his 3-year-old passenger escape injury when a Toyota Corolla driver forces the bus off the road and then intentionally backs into it, police say. The motorist leaves the scene but is arrested three days later.
Kimberly Venable (second from left) of Englewood Schools won the CSPTA Operations Person of the Year award. Also pictured, from left, is CSPTA President Nicole Portee, President-Elect Lance Yoxsimer and Englewood Director of Operations David Henderson.
Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado
June 26, 2014
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
Bus driver credibility weakens bus-passing fatality case
June 26, 2014
New evidence, which forced an earlier mistrial in a case about a car driver allegedly passing a stopped school bus, striking and killing Hasani Wesley, 11, led to a prosecution plea deal. At issue was whether the bus was stopped, with red lights flashing and stop arm out, when Wesley was hit, but the bus driver’s record and her supervisor conducting an improper investigation significantly weakened the case against the car driver.
Quakertown Community School District's transportation service is provided by a longtime contractor in the area, Levy School Bus Co.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, has taken on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical.
Longtime school transportation director switches gears
June 26, 2014
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, takes on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical, a private ambulance and fire protection services provider. He will continue to offer his school bus expertise as a consultant.
Tags: New York
First Student will soon begin serving eight more districts in Illinois. The contractor expects to add approximately 200 more positions.
First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
7 Mississippi districts receive $105K for new buses to cut emissions
June 25, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality gives each district a $15,000 grant toward the purchase of a new bus to replace an older bus. Since 2009, through grants and the Mississippi School Bus Retrofit Project, the organization has retrofitted 1,931 school buses and provided partial funding for 10 new buses to reduce emissions.
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. 
Iowa announces school bus tech competition winner
June 25, 2014
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. Ehrlich will advance to the “America’s Best” competition to be held at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Kansas City, Mo.
Tags: Iowa
Distraction, blocked view caused school bus rail crossing accident, officials say
June 20, 2014
An investigation conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada into the March 26, 2013, collision in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, found that the driver was likely distracted by tasks associated with road traffic and pedestrian activity near the crossing at the time of the accident. The school bus’ frame (A-pillar) and side mirror adjacent to the door also obstructed the driver’s view and concealed the train when the driver looked for a train.
Man looking for ride allegedly steals school bus
June 20, 2014
Donald L. Francis is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class C felony, after allegedly stealing a North Wood R-IV (Mo.) School District bus. Francis admits to sheriff’s deputies that he was intoxicated and looking for a ride, found a school bus with keys in it, and drove to St. Clair, which is where authorities found the bus.
Zonar's free web seminar will explain how fleets are using telematics to boost safety and efficiency. Pictured is Zonar's Z Pass ridership tracking system.
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
First Student to expand operations in New York
June 20, 2014
The contractor will hire 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors to perform work for a new contract with Erie County Preschool and Early Intervention Program. The contract goes into effect in September.

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