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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...
Categories: Management, Safety

Officials say two cars were shooting at each other, and one apparently missed the other car and hit the bus. One student is injured by debris.
Categories: Management, Safety
Feds’ Proposal Would Mandate Speed Limiters on Large Buses

New commercial vehicles, including school buses, with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds would have to be equipped with devices that cap their speed.
Categories: Management

Two school bus operations have been able to secure funding for bus replacements and have managed to expand their transportation service in spite of the...
Categories: Management, Safety
Student Transportation Inc. to Be Acquired by Investors

North America’s third-largest school bus contractor will be purchased by a group led by CDPQ, STI’s largest shareholder.
Categories: Management, Safety
Feds Set Training Standards for New Bus, Truck Drivers

The new FMCSA final rule applies to drivers seeking a CDL or endorsements, including a school bus endorsement.

Our David Strickland article could mark the first time that SCHOOL BUS FLEET has interviewed an administrator of NHTSA, which regulates school buses, tracks...
Categories: Management
Daimler Buses, Rev Group Team Up in North America

Daimler AG’s bus division awards Rev Coach LLC the North American sales rights for the Setra motorcoach brand.
Categories: Management

For any type of business, maintaining an informative Website is an effective and efficient way to connect with customers. School bus operation...
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS kicks off national stop-arm violation count

School bus operators across the country are again being called on to tally the number of vehicles that illegally pass their buses in one day.

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education...
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...
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...
Categories: Management, Safety

Police say the motorist forced the bus to stop in the middle of the Massachusetts Turnpike and attempted to board, but the bus driver denied him entry.
Categories: Management
‘Rolling Readers’ Program Provides Digital Books for School Bus Passengers

Seven San Antonio ISD buses are equipped with Wi-Fi routers and other equipment, enabling students to download books from an all-digital library.
Categories: Safety
School bus crossing visual catching on in other states

The Steffi Crossing Enhancer, invented by longtime New York school bus driver Victoria DeCarlo, can help students see the driver's hand signal when crossing...
Categories: Management, Safety
Jury points to pedal misapplication in Liberty bus crash

In the fatal Liberty, Mo., school bus crash in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical failure and found that the circumstances...
Categories: Management, Safety
Exterior sensors mandated on New Jersey school buses

Gov. Chris Christie signs a bill that requires sensors to alert the school bus driver if there are children in front or in back of the bus.
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business

Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and...
Categories: Alternative Fuels
Training Programs Prep Bus Techs for Propane Maintenance

As sales of propane school buses grow, so does the demand for technicians to be trained on servicing them. Here’s an overview of propane maintenance...
Categories: Management, Safety
Fullington wins new school bus contract in Pennsylvania

The company will operate and maintain school bus services for Southern Columbia Area School District under the five-year contract.
Categories: Management

As I read about NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman's expedition, I couldn’t help but wonder whether she might take part in a similar experience in a yellow...
Categories: Safety

According to Miami-Dade police, the girl is shot in a private school bus on Tuesday morning and later succumbs to her injuries in the hospital. Responding...
Categories: Management, Safety
Report Points to Growth in School Bus Contracting

Outsourcing of school transportation service is one of the fastest-growing areas in government contracting, according to a report by Onvia.
Categories: Management, Safety
New execs bring  ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing...
Categories: Management, Safety
Corrado Boosts Accountability in School Bus Contracting

Through his leadership of Suffolk Transportation and his work with industry associations, John J. Corrado has raised the bar for safe and efficient student...
Categories: Management, Safety
New York Bill Would Add School Bus Safety to Driver’s Ed

The state’s pre-licensing course and test for general driver applicants would cover the law on stopping for school buses. NYSBCA supports the proposal.
Categories: Management, Safety
Police: Boy escapes kidnapping attempt at bus stop

After exiting his school bus, a 13-year-old in Texas is approached by two men, who reportedly demand at gunpoint that he get in their car.

Those who have worked at school bus operations for many years have likely seen periods of acute driver shortage. For many school districts, now is not one...
Categories: Management

"La Camioneta" follows a decommissioned school bus from an auction in Pennsylvania to its new life in Guatemala, where it is repainted and repurposed to...
Categories: Management
School bus driver, <I>SBF</i> contributor John Horton to retire

For nearly 24 years, Horton has shuttled scores of students and trained other drivers. Meanwhile, his photography has illustrated many School Bus Fleet...
Categories: Management, Safety
Blue Bird, Bendix demonstrate electronic stability control

A thrilling test ride on a school bus showed how ESC technology can help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces and sharp turns.
Categories: Management
School Bus Drivers Distribute Free Books to Students

To promote summer reading, San Antonio ISD’s drivers pass out more than 1,700 books to about 600 students who are attending summer school.
Categories: Management, Safety
Bill Boosts Stop-arm Enforcement in West Virginia

The governor signs legislation that increases penalties for illegally passing a school bus. It also allows for the owner of the vehicle to be charged even...
Categories: Management, Safety

Authorities in Redlands, Calif., ask for the public's help to identify a man who followed an 11-year-old girl on her way to and from a school bus stop last...
Categories: Safety

National Express and Petermann will divest eight school bus contracts to proceed with their proposed merger, the Department of Justice announces. The...
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Q’Straint Launches Online Training Course for Wheelchair Securement

The new “Securement 101” course covers safety and liability, equipment operation, and securing wheelchairs and occupants.
Categories: Management, Safety
School bus safety a key theme in Oregon conference

Emergency response, vehicle dynamics and crash prevention were among the topics covered during the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s annual gathering.
Categories: Management, Safety
Hoglund Bus owner Holly Hoglund Klein dies in crash

Hoglund Klein, who led her family’s Minnesota-based school bus dealership, is remembered for her passion for pupil transportation and her efforts to help...
Categories: Management
Rooster Greets Girl at School Bus Stop

Frog the rooster gains fame for a viral video in which it makes a mad dash for the school bus, ready to “pick up” its owner.
Categories: Management

The school bus manufacturer and ROUSH CleanTech will be the primary sponsors of 2011 Nationwide Series champion Stenhouse and his No. 6 team at the...
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.
Categories: Maintenance, Management
15 Tips to Boost Efficiency

From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways...
Categories: Maintenance, Management, Safety
Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign

The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Labors' International Union of North America, requesting that the union not negatively represent...
Categories: Management, Safety

A new final rule adds four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.

By and large, people who work in pupil transportation do what they do because they care about kids. Likewise, I'm convinced that most folks who work in...
Categories: Management, Safety
Spike in School Bus Stop-Arm Violations Seen in Penn. Town

In Ferguson Township, nearly five times as many illegal passings have been reported this school year compared to the previous year, according to figures...
Categories: Management, Safety
2012 Contractor Showcase

In this year’s showcase, regional managers and executives for some of North America’s largest school bus contractors discuss the biggest changes...
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
EPA offers $26 million for clean diesel projects

School buses are among the eligible vehicles to be retrofitted or replaced in the latest round of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding.
Categories: Management, Safety
Indiana Supreme Court: School bus service not mandated

Indiana school districts are not required by the state constitution to provide transportation for students, the state’s high court rules.

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