Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, school transportation leaders continued to find their footing as they carried the industry forward with ambition, optimism, and innovation.

School Bus Fleet selected a handful of stories from 2023 that help capture these approaches that could help create a cleaner and more efficient yellow bus fleet across North America.

SBF Trailblazers: Invigorating the School Transportation Industry

Look for the next class of  School Bus Fleet  Trailblazers in January 2024!  -  Image:  School Bus Fleet

Look for the next class of School Bus Fleet Trailblazers in January 2024!

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Our inaugural class of School Bus Fleet Trailblazers comes from across the student transportation industry, from behind the wheel to vehicle manufacturers to alternative transportation providers.

Revolutionizing the Ride: A Closer Look at Innovating Type A School Buses
John Phraner of Trans Tech said he expects his company to expand all-electric school bus capacity to meet demand created by mandates in California and New York.  -  Photo: Trans Tech

John Phraner of Trans Tech said he expects his company to expand all-electric school bus capacity to meet demand created by mandates in California and New York.

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Discover the latest breakthroughs in Type A school bus design that are elevating safety standards, embracing eco-friendly technology, and incorporating smart features.

Evolving the Yellow Bus While Keeping Faith with the Core Mission

The technology that goes into the school bus and makes it run may change, but the goal remains the same: safe and reliable transportation between home and school for children.

Enhancing School Transportation with Biodiesel: One Company’s Green Journey

Cook-Illinois Corporation, among the largest family owned and operated school-bus contractors in the U.S., has relied on biodiesel to transport children safely and affordably to and from school for more than 15 years.

SBF Administrator of the Year: Turning to Technology in Challenging Times

Karim Johnson led Bethlehem Central School District in New York through a technological evolution before moving on to Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia.  -  Photo: Karim Johnson

Karim Johnson led Bethlehem Central School District in New York through a technological evolution before moving on to Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia.

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School Bus Fleet’s Administrator of the Year for 2023 is a longtime devotee of the “Cheese Bus” who has kept electronic evolution and cleaner vehicles front of mind for his New York school district. Editor's Note: Johnson moved on to lead the transportation department for Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia over the summer.

 

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Wes Platt

Wes Platt

Executive Editor

Wes Platt joined Bobit in 2021 as executive editor of School Bus Fleet Magazine. He writes and edits content about student transportation, school bus manufacturers and equipment, legislative issues, maintenance, fleet contracting, and school transportation technology - from classic yellow diesel buses to the latest EPA-funded electric, propane, and CNG vehicles.

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