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Cover Story - July 2013

How to fine-tune bell times for bus efficiency

By: Stephane Babcock

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

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Shop pop quiz: commonly missed issues

The following questions cover commonly missed issues in school bus maintenance. For the budget-minded director or fleet manager, making sure that technicians get these types of items right the first time is important in keeping costs down.


Safety beyond the school

The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.


Industry veteran pens travel book

Sian Thornthwaite of STC Consultancy in Pride Park, Derby, U.K., journeyed around the U.S. last summer with her beagle, Bailey, and wrote about their adventures in Dog Days in New England.


NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

External public address systems enable drivers to direct students to cross safely in front of the bus, help guide maintenance workers and share information with teachers, aides, parents and first responders during emergency situations. Pictured: Robert Reese from the Capital School District inDover, Del.

PA systems help drivers communicate safely

Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.


Rectangular LEDs

The units are available as back-up, park/turn and stop/tail/turn lights. SoundOff officials said that the LEDs offer enhanced light output and off-angle visibility.


Spotline laser vehicle spotting guide

The Spotline laser vehicle spotting guide projects a green laser line directly in the center of the bay. The technician centers the line on the vehicle hood and dash while pulling in for accurate positioning.

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