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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.
Vikas Jain comes to Zonar with a long background in the transportation, automotive and M2M (machine to machine) industries.
Zonar names new chief operating officer
July 31, 2014
Vikas Jain comes to the transportation technology supplier with a long background in the transportation, automotive and M2M (machine to machine) industries. Zonar officials say he joins the company’s executive team at a time of unprecedented business growth.
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Tracy Mack-Askew comes to Thomas Built Buses from General Motors, where she has spent the past 15 years of her career.
Thomas Built Buses hires new VP of engineering
July 31, 2014
Tracy Mack-Askew's responsibilities in the role include design engineering, testing and compliance, along with research and development. She comes to the school bus manufacturer from General Motors, where she has spent the past 15 years of her career.
Jasper’s remanufactured MaxxForce DT complete engine is available on exchange for a variety of 2007 to 2009 International/Navistar applications.
Jasper offers remanufactured MaxxForce DT engine
July 30, 2014
Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ remanufactured MaxxForce DT Complete engine is available on exchange for a variety of 2007 to 2009 International/Navistar applications, including the IC Bus CE, FE and RE 300.
IC Bus has selected Delco Remy's 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator.
Delco Remy alternators now standard on IC Bus
July 30, 2014
IC Bus selects the 28SI (200 amp) as its standard alternator. Other Delco Remy products — the 29MT and the 39 MT — already hold the standard starter position.
Tags: IC Bus
New school bus window among Blue Bird’s enhanced features
July 29, 2014
The manufacturer’s new E-Z Window, which is featured on the Vision and All American school buses, is said to feature a smoother, more ergonomic design. Blue Bird also launches enhanced features in luggage compartments, air conditioning and brakes for its buses.
Bedford City School District acquired three of Lion’s Type C school buses through Bobby’s Truck And Bus Repair.
Ohio school district buys 3 new Lion buses
July 29, 2014
Bedford City School District becomes the first district in Ohio to purchase Type C school buses made by Lion Bus. According to Transportation Supervisor Patrick Carney, the vehicle “will result in substantial cost-savings over the lifespan of the bus.”
One of Seon's new offerings is the Trooper TL-HD, a compact, high-resolution digital video recorder.
Seon launches 2 new mobile surveillance products
July 28, 2014
The surveillance supplier's new offerings for school buses are a compact, high-resolution digital video recorder and a web-based version of Seon's video management software.
Audit: District could save $1.2M yearly by cutting secondary school busing
July 28, 2014
The study was requested by the Worchester (Mass.) City Council because of increases in “non-education” spending. Many oppose the idea of cutting bus service for grades 7-12, and one School Committee member says it would be an “academic disaster” due in part to chronic absenteeism.
Pictured are some of the 14 men who were recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey.
2 school bus drivers arrested in child pornography sweep
July 25, 2014
The school bus drivers are among 14 men recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey. One of the drivers allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images with an underage male he met online.

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