The Lewis Bus Group staff poses in front of the Thomas Built Buses dealership's new, larger location.
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Thomas Built dealer Lewis Bus Group opens bigger facility

The dealership's new location in North Salt Lake, Utah, is three times larger than its previous location. The new facility includes six service bays, a wash bay, a parts sales and storage department, sales and administrative offices, and a training/conference room that is available for use by customers and their staff.

Officials for Utah’s Granite School District are calling upon students to create bus advertisements that highlight specific courses or programs available through the district, or they can also be “help wanted” ads for bus drivers.
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District calls for student-designed school bus ads

The ads for Granite School District buses must highlight either a program offered by the district, online courses or a “help wanted” ad for bus drivers. Steven Powell, publications specialist for the Salt Lake City-based district, says officials felt that ads on buses created by students would be a good opportunity to showcase some of the programs available.

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Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses

House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.

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Bus driver brings cheer to special-needs students as Santa

Rick Waite’s stint as Santa Claus began three years ago when he decided to grow out his beard. He says he sings to the students he transports and listens to their requests for Christmas, but his primary goal is to make sure they leave the bus feeling better than they did when they got on board.

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Victims of deadly 1938 bus-train crash remembered

A monument is unveiled in South Jordan, Utah, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the accident, in which the bus driver and 23 students were killed after the train struck the bus as it crossed railroad tracks. The accident reportedly led to a nationwide law requiring buses to stop at all railroad crossings so the driver can both look and listen for oncoming trains.

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ASBC launches recognition program

Officials say the School Bus Champion Award recognizes individuals and entities who have displayed exceptional support for the advancement of the school bus industry through leadership in safety, access to education, environmental benefits/stewardship and community impact. The EPA and the state of Utah are the first honorees for their work in “greening” school buses.

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Utah governor signs alt-fuel bill

Senate Bill 275, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert last Thursday, establishes a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas. Murrell Martin, pupil transportation specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, tells SBF that he believes the new law will provide a framework for school districts to move toward alternative fuel options for school buses.

During a press conference on a CNG-powered school bus, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called on everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlighted Senate Bill 275 as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.
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Utah bill aims to increase state's CNG-powered vehicles

Senate Bill 275 would establish a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). In a press conference on board a CNG-powered school bus, Gov. Gary Herbert calls for everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlights the bill as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.

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Cold weather puts districts’ buses out of service

Salt Lake City School District and Jordan (Utah) School District are among the school systems impacted by the low temperature on Monday. At Jordan School District, 30 buses wouldn’t start — officials say the batteries wouldn’t hold a charge and diesel fuel was gelling.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently declared September as “Idle Free Awareness Month.” His declaration cites the success of Utah’s school bus idling reduction program as an example for the rest of the state.
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Utah bus idling reduction program inspires statewide effort

Gov. Gary Herbert declares September 2011 “Idle Free Awareness Month,” and the declaration cites the success of Utah’s school bus idling reduction program as an example for the rest of the state. Murrell Martin of the Utah State Office of Education discusses with SBF the benefits of the program since its inception in 2008.

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Utah dad makes bus ride memorable for son

Each morning this school year, Dale Price has dressed up in a different costume and waved to his son Rain as he departs for school. After getting over the embarrassment of his father’s antics, Rain says it’s “turned into entertainment” for him and his fellow bus riders.

Under new legislation signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday, local school boards and charter school governing boards are permitted to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses.
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Utah governor approves school bus advertising bill

The legislation, which was rejected by the House in January, is brought back under a motion to reconsider it, and an amended version is eventually passed. The bill allows school boards to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of buses.

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