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16 Things I’ve Learned About School Buses in 16 Years

Former SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon bids a fond farewell to the school transportation industry after 16 years.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003356/16-things-ive-learned-about-school-buses-in-16-years
How Director's Service in Marines Applies to Pupil Transportation

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Adam James took on the role of director of transportation for Greenville (S.C.) County Schools. Here, he shares...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003358/how-directors-service-in-marines-applies-to-pupil-transportation
School Bus Drivers Take Heat for Closing Windows

In some parts of the country, school buses are back on the road amid high temperatures. Two recent incidents show what a touchy subject the use of bus...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003359/school-bus-drivers-take-heat-for-closing-windows
Roundtable Continued: School Bus Contractors on Job Highlights, Industry Changes

Read more from our conversation with four contracting pros. In this web exclusive, they discuss changes they’ve seen in the industry and what they...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003363/roundtable-continued-school-bus-contractors-on-job-highlights-industry-changes
Categories: Legal/Legislative
How Will the VW Settlement Funds Impact School Buses? Check With Your State

As state agencies work out plans for their share of the Volkswagen diesel mitigation funding, it has become clear that allocations for school buses will...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003366/how-will-the-vw-settlement-funds-impact-school-buses-check-with-your-state
NASDPTS Makes National Push for School Bus Safety License Plates

After Ohio and Iowa launched “Flashing Red — Stop Ahead” specialty plates, NASDPTS aims to help other states create similar plates to...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003368/nasdpts-makes-national-push-for-school-bus-safety-license-plates
Dad Designs School Bus Lego Set

Inspired by his son’s love of yellow buses, Nathan Roberts creates a model set with the classic plastic building bricks. If his proposal gains enough...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003370/dad-designs-school-bus-lego-set
How My Son Got Back on the Bus

If all went well, this would be his first time taking the bus home from school since nearly three years ago, when he stopped riding after enduring various...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003371/how-my-son-got-back-on-the-bus
Is the School Bus Warning Light System Clear Enough?

A petitioner asked NHTSA to make changes to the way warning lights are displayed when school buses are stopping to load or unload passengers.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003373/is-the-school-bus-warning-light-system-clear-enough
Running the Numbers, in Air Quality and School Buses

Wildfire smoke spurred me to start checking an air quality index. The data-driven experience brought to mind how, more than ever, numbers are readily...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003374/running-the-numbers-in-air-quality-and-school-buses
School Bus Driver Shares the Funniest Thing Heard on Her Bus

When it comes to amusing anecdotes, the standout from Lynn Maw’s bus was an encounter with a kindergartner. As kids often do, this young passenger...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003377/school-bus-driver-shares-the-funniest-thing-heard-on-her-bus
The School Bus Serves as Source of Inspiration for Poetry

Pupil transportation consultant — and former English teacher — George Horne has penned numerous poems about the yellow bus world and the people...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003379/the-school-bus-serves-as-source-of-inspiration-for-poetry
Transportation Veteran Shows Off Nationwide Collection of School Bus License Plates

Retired pupil transporter Louk Markham has amassed school bus plates from across the U.S. as well as Canada.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003380/transportation-veteran-shows-off-nationwide-collection-of-school-bus-license-pla
Struck-by-Bus Fatalities Are a Prime Target

Federal statistics show that more students outside the school bus are killed by the bus itself than by other vehicles.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003381/struck-by-bus-fatalities-are-a-prime-target
Transporting Students: You Could Write a Book About It

Have you ever thought that your experiences in pupil transportation would make for great reading material? Tom Brandon did, and he turned that thought into...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003385/transporting-students-you-could-write-a-book-about-it
School Bus Drivers Throw Party for Their ‘Biggest Fan’

Packey Butler’s enthusiasm for school buses has brightened many Denville (N.J.) bus drivers’ days, so those drivers decided to return the favor...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003388/school-bus-drivers-throw-party-for-their-biggest-fan
Don’t Rule Out Drivers Under 25

The school bus industry needs more young people, not fewer, to carry on the work of safely transporting our nation’s future.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003389/dont-rule-out-drivers-under-25
School Bus Passing Mishap Sparks Idea for Side-View Stop Arm

After accidentally passing a stopped school bus illegally, Mark O’Brien came up with a stop-arm design that aims to increase visibility for motorists...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003392/school-bus-passing-mishap-sparks-idea-for-side-view-stop-arm
How School Bus Driving Champ Larry Hannon Prepares for Safety Competitions

With the coming of “roadeo” season, we spotlight drivers who have taken part in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. First up...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003396/how-school-bus-driving-champ-larry-hannon-prepares-for-safety-competitions
Turning Downtime Into Uptime

In any line of work — and that includes pupil transportation — committing to regular exercise will pay off both personally and professionally....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003397/turning-downtime-into-uptime
10 Reasons I Love the Bus

With the arrival of the annual Love the Bus campaign, I’ve been reflecting on what it is about those big, yellow vehicles that makes my heart soar. OK...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003399/10-reasons-i-love-the-bus
Another Look at Electronic Stability Control

The phone rang, and I looked down at the caller ID: “CHATTANOOGA TN.” I immediately knew the awful reason for the call, if not who the caller...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003400/another-look-at-electronic-stability-control
Why My Son Doesn’t Ride the School Bus

I’ve been reluctant to write about this topic, but I felt that our story would provide valuable insights into the experience of a special-needs...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003402/why-my-son-doesnt-ride-the-school-bus
Saluting the ‘Father of the Yellow School Bus’

There have been many industry developments to cover during School Bus Fleet’s 60 years. But one of the most influential pupil transportation events,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003408/saluting-the-father-of-the-yellow-school-bus
Is There a Student Hiding on Your Bus?

A school bus driver and attendant allegedly left a 13-year-old boy on their bus twice, but the charges against them were ultimately dropped. The attendant...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003411/is-there-a-student-hiding-on-your-bus
A ‘Friendly’ Take on Pupil Transportation in Canada

Our new 2016 Canadian Fact Book offers school bus data, industry contacts, and coverage of the Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference that was held in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003414/a-friendly-take-on-pupil-transportation-in-canada
Should the Yellow Bus Be the Star of a Show?

In most cases on the silver screen, the yellow bus is a bit player rather than the focus. But what if there were a program that gave a genuine look into the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003415/should-the-yellow-bus-be-the-star-of-a-show
Collaboration is Key at School Bus eXchange

At SBX, school transportation leaders from around the country bring their own experiences to the table and share them with colleagues. The event fosters...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003416/collaboration-is-key-at-school-bus-exchange
Categories: Legal/Legislative
School shows big ‘Love’ for the bus

At ASBC’s Love the Bus event in rural Sloughhouse, California, dignitaries from Congress and the EPA cite the benefits of school buses, and students...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003421/school-shows-big-love-for-the-bus
How school bus driver shortage is linked to unemployment

Over the years, our research has consistently found that the prevalence of school bus driver shortage is high when the unemployment rate is low, and vice versa.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003422/how-school-bus-driver-shortage-is-linked-to-unemployment
Are severe stop-arm fines effective?

Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003423/are-severe-stop-arm-fines-effective
Vigilance keeps kids safe, foils burglars

The “See Something, Say Something” concept advises that everyone has a responsibility to report suspicious activity. School bus driver Shawn Ost...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003424/vigilance-keeps-kids-safe-foils-burglars
Missed NAPT? Read our recaps

More than any other time in recent memory, this year's National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit proved to be the place for the biggest...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003426/missed-napt-read-our-recaps
Revisiting an infamous school bus-train crash

With the 20th anniversary of the Fox River Grove tragedy, in which seven students were killed, this week is a fitting time to review rail crossing safety...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003428/revisiting-an-infamous-school-bus-train-crash
Do they know it’s School Bus Safety Week?

If you haven’t spread the word in your community, chances are good that they don’t know about this important week in pupil transportation....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003429/do-they-know-its-school-bus-safety-week
Never forget the danger of leaving a child behind

The death of autistic student Paul Lee, who was left on his school bus, is a tragic reminder of the importance of thoroughly checking every bus after every run.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003431/never-forget-the-danger-of-leaving-a-child-behind
Getting personal at pupil transportation conferences

Connecting with a group of school bus contractors from Massachusetts, catching up with my former school bus driver in Oregon and getting great feedback from...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003432/getting-personal-at-pupil-transportation-conferences
Separating boys and girls on the school bus

In Atlanta, some older boys and girls have been separated on the school bus to improve behavior. District officials tell me that their drivers are given...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003434/separating-boys-and-girls-on-the-school-bus
How will anti-collision technology impact school buses?

I sat in the passenger seat of a large truck, eyes fixed on the stopped car ahead as we rumbled straight toward it. Next to me, the driver of the truck gave...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003435/how-will-anti-collision-technology-impact-school-buses
Motorcoach crash recalls lessons of Carrollton bus fire

In the fatal 2014 truck-motorcoach collision in California, NTSB found that there were difficulties in evacuating from the flame-engulfed motorcoach. That...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003437/motorcoach-crash-recalls-lessons-of-carrollton-bus-fire
When school’s out for summer, it’s time to learn

Soon after the school year ends, many pupil transporters take a “busman’s holiday”: They attend an industry conference. So while most...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003439/when-schools-out-for-summer-its-time-to-learn
A tragic reminder about texting and driving

A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003440/a-tragic-reminder-about-texting-and-driving
School buses play a key position in athletics

With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003442/school-buses-play-a-key-position-in-athletics
Making vital connections at School Bus eXchange

In the end, it was about breaking down barriers and building connections. With SBX attendees hailing from all over the nation, we heard that many are facing...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003444/making-vital-connections-at-school-bus-exchange
Time to prove my trust in the bus

My personal support for the school bus has essentially been “on paper” — until now. With my son about to start riding the school bus, I...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003445/time-to-prove-my-trust-in-the-bus
District’s school bus seat belt project is a proactive step

Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will test out lap-shoulder belts on six of its buses. Several aspects of the program are interesting, such as that it's...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003447/districts-school-bus-seat-belt-project-is-a-proactive-step
Home-side stops should be goal, not mandate

Legislators have recently proposed bills that would require school buses to pick up and drop off students on the side of the road that they live on. That...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003448/home-side-stops-should-be-goal-not-mandate
School bus driver’s Christmas poem shares safety message

With winter weather putting some school buses behind schedule, Laura Dean composed a poem that she describes as “a positive method to inform parents...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003452/school-bus-drivers-christmas-poem-shares-safety-message
School bus snow globe makes surprise return at NAPT

Kim Hamilton went to the NAPT Summit on a mission to bring back valuable information and training opportunities for the members of the Oklahoma Association...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003454/school-bus-snow-globe-makes-surprise-return-at-napt
Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up

In a recent incident, a school bus driver who wasn't wearing his seat belt fell out of his seat and crashed into a garage. We know from occasional reports...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10003457/bright-ideas-to-make-sure-drivers-buckle-up


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