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Categories: Management
Q&A: Trucker-Turned-Triathlete on Staying Fit for Driving

After experiencing the decline in fitness that often accompanies truck driving, Siphiwe Baleka set out to develop a realistic routine for truckers to get...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/710288/q-a-trucker-turned-athlete-on-staying-fit-for-driving
Categories: Safety, Management

Keith Dreiling, a former lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol, joins the Kansas State Department of Education as state director for pupil...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684333/new-state-director-named-in-kansas

There were plenty of interesting sites to be seen over the past week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where NAPT and NASDPTS held their annual conferences. You...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/640888/postcards-from-myrtle-beach
Categories: Management
Report Recommends School Buses to Relieve Traffic in California County

A grand jury in Marin County calls for a coordinated school bus service to curb traffic congestion.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/730127/report-recommends-school-buses-to-relieve-traffic-in-california-county
Categories: Safety, Management
NASDPTS bolsters support for lap-shoulder belts

The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. Now, the NASDPTS board strengthens...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684796/nasdpts-bolsters-support-for-lap-shoulder-belts
Categories: Management
<I>School Bus Fleet</i> launches new website, new look

The new and improved schoolbusfleet.com offers easier navigation and a more responsive design for users on mobile devices.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/710240/school-bus-fleet-launches-new-website-new-look
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Safety, Management

Taking a few cues from Hollywood, the association will add a literal red carpet and "swag" bags to its awards banquet this fall. Officials discuss the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684000/napt-glitzes-up-awards-ceremony
Categories: Maintenance, Management

BusWest acquires the Nevada Thomas Built Buses dealership from Arizona-based Auto Safety House. BusWest, which has sales and service locations in California...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684768/thomas-built-dealer-buswest-expands-into-nevada
Categories: Management

The City Department of Transportation Services will increase city bus service on four routes. A transit official says that the move aims to ensure that...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/683899/honolulu-ups-transit-service-after-state-school-bus-cuts
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Management
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes

After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685332/short-on-funds-indiana-district-cuts-buses-lengthens-routes
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Management
Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation

Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685459/linda-bluth-retires-but-keeps-busy-in-transportation
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Management

At least five fee-based bus routes will be run throughout Sioux Falls School District next year for specialized elementary and middle school students. Fees...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684252/s-d-district-to-pilot-fee-based-busing
Categories: Safety, Management
PSA Promotes School Bus Safety on Kentucky Airwaves

A state trooper takes to the radio to remind motorists to “stay alert so kids don’t get hurt.”

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/725285/psa-promotes-school-bus-safety-on-kentucky-airwaves
Categories: Safety, Management

Hillsborough County Public Schools will host the event on Feb. 28. It has been several years since a state school bus driver competition has been held in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685738/florida-state-school-bus-driver-competition-to-return
Categories: Safety, Management
NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2016

Federal data show that there were 37,461 deaths on the nation’s roads in 2016, up 5.6% from the 2015 total. The report includes details on school...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/726171/nhtsa-traffic-fatalities-increased-in-2016
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

Federal officials say that the clearinghouse would make it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685019/drug-alcohol-clearinghouse-for-cdl-drivers-proposed
Categories: Safety, Management
New Vice Chairman Sworn In for National Transportation Safety Board

Aviation veteran Bruce Landsberg starts his term as a board member and vice chairman for the safety agency.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/730797/new-vice-chairman-sworn-in-for-national-transportation-safety-board
Categories: Management
Data expert Mark Aesch to speak at NAPT

The consultant and former transit agency head will discuss data-driven decision-making in the opening session of the NAPT Summit.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685893/data-expert-mark-aesch-to-speak-at-napt
Categories: Alternative Fuels

Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684310/tv-segment-focuses-on-cng-school-buses
School bus means many things to many people

Beyond its vital role in education, the school bus has provided a home on wheels for many who have sought to simplify their lives or to travel the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/647091/school-bus-means-many-things-to-many-people
Categories: Safety
Contractors spotlight School Bus Safety Week

Efforts by private school bus operators include calling for increased safety legislation, issuing tips for students and recognizing exemplary employees.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686190/contractors-spotlight-school-bus-safety-week
Categories: Management
School Bus Sales Hit 10-Year High

The 2016 total of school bus sales in the U.S. and Canada, 40,925 units, is the highest mark for the industry in the past 10 years.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/719151/school-bus-sales-hit-10-year-high
Categories: Safety, Management
Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses

The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685047/bill-aims-to-help-deal-with-school-bus-funding-losses
Categories: Management
Florida district works to fix transportation issues

Problems with routes and late buses hamper Palm Beach County as the school year begins, but district officials say that progress is being made in resolving...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686089/florida-district-works-to-fix-transportation-issues
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Management
Special-Needs Driver Decorates School Bus for Student’s Graduation

Assigned to transport a student who uses a wheelchair to his graduation events, Jennifer Collins of Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools goes out of...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/729995/special-needs-driver-decorates-bus-for-student-s-graduation
Categories: Special Needs Transportation
6 Steps for Securing Students in Wheelchairs

To bolster protection of passengers with mobility devices, training expert Darren Reaume shares tips for getting the best fit with securement equipment.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/724567/6-steps-for-securing-students-in-wheelchairs
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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/714350/is-there-a-student-hiding-on-your-bus
Categories: Safety, Management
Driver in runaway bus case pleads guilty

A former school bus driver in Maryland whose unattended bus rolled into a small child in April pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685438/driver-in-runaway-bus-case-pleads-guilty
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management

When Tim Cullen was a board member for Janesville (Wis.) School District, he ushered in a policy to require seat belts on new school buses. Now, as a state...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/684704/wisconsin-senator-pushes-for-school-bus-seat-belts
Categories: Special Needs Transportation, Safety, Management

The Office of School Transportation events, slated for April 14-15 and Nov. 17-18, will focus on when and how to transport children with special needs.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685697/more-special-needs-conferences-to-be-held-in-california
Categories: Maintenance
<i>SBF</i>'s Top 10 Maintenance Programs for 2005

Teamwork minimizes budget woes Autauga County...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/610939/sbfs-top-10-maintenance-programs-for-2005
Categories: Management
NAPT Summit to Offer Security Event with TSA

The 2016 Summit lineup also includes NTSB chief Christopher Hart, consultant Mark Aesch, and a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who helped identify one...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/711570/napt-summit-to-offer-security-event-with-tsa
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Maintenance, Alternative Fuels, Management
DERA Escapes Budget Cuts, Tabbed for 20% Increase

Congress’ new appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 includes $60 million for EPA’s clean diesel grant program.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/722280/dera-escapes-budget-cuts-tabbed-for-20-increase

It is by turns amusing and unsettling how much a small typo can alter the meaning of something. For example, maybe you’ve seen someone list his...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/643277/be-carful-with-your-words
Categories: Safety, Management
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.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/710232/exterior-sensors-mandated-on-new-jersey-school-buses
Categories: Safety

That Chinese officials are looking to the American school bus system for guidance is a vital step, particularly in light of a recent tragedy in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612074/yellow-buses-a-worldwide-beacon
Categories: Management

Here we were, nearly a decade and a half after I last descended the steps of her bus, both in jobs that led us to this same pupil transportation...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612042/getting-to-know-my-driver
Categories: Alternative Fuels
Propane Bus Offers Appealing Alternative

Blue Bird’s new propane-powered Vision Type C aims to decrease emissions while improving fuel economy and performance in alternative-fuel vehicles.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/611260/propane-bus-offers-appealing-alternative
Categories: Safety
Former NTSB member named administrator of NHTSA

Mark Rosekind, a fatigue expert who just ended a term with the National Transportation Safety Board, is expected to bolster defect investigations at the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685659/former-ntsb-member-named-administrator-of-nhtsa
Categories: Safety, Management
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685200/congressman-pushes-school-bus-safety-overhaul-bill
Categories: Safety

After NHTSA's public meeting in July, Mark Rosekind discussed key points that were made, as well as what the agency will consider proposing this fall, in...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/612423/nhtsa-chief-on-school-bus-safety-seat-belts
Categories: Safety, Management
Nominate a Great Transportation Director

Know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition? School Bus Fleet is accepting nominations for our Administrator of...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/722855/nominate-a-great-transportation-director
Categories: Safety
Acquisition brings together 2 propane engine suppliers

Power Solutions International is purchasing Powertrain Integration. Both companies provide propane engines for school buses.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685890/acquisition-brings-together-2-propane-engine-suppliers
Categories: Safety, Management
NASDPTS supports feds’ new 3-point belt policy

After NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind states that school bus passengers should have three-point belts, the state directors association says that the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686237/nasdpts-supports-feds-new-3-point-belt-policy
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Management
5-year highway bill signed into law

NSTA applauds the passage of the FAST Act, which advances many of the school bus contractor group’s priorities.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686287/5-year-highway-bill-signed-into-law
Categories: School Bus Contractors, Safety, Alternative Fuels, Management
Alt-fuel tax credits extended

Fuel and infrastructure tax credits for propane, natural gas and biodiesel are among tax provisions that have been retroactively extended through 2014.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685636/alt-fuel-tax-credits-extended
Categories: Management
Google Rolls Out Wi-Fi Program to More School Buses

The tech company, with partners CoSN and Kajeet, is expanding its “Rolling Study Halls” initiative to 16 additional school districts.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/729244/google-rolls-out-wi-fi-program-to-more-school-buses

It must be hard to look on the bright side when you’ve just been told that you’re losing your job. Somehow, Florida school bus driver Martha...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/blogpost/641441/a-noble-response-to-job-loss
Categories: Safety, Management
Onspot CEO Pat Freyer to retire

Freyer’s career consisted of 13 years with engine manufacturer Cummins and 27 years with automatic tire chain system supplier Onspot.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/686041/onspot-ceo-pat-freyer-to-retire
Categories: Management
New York transportation director earns doctorate

After four years and countless hours of academic work, Peter Lawrence of Fairport Central School District achieves the title doctor of education. Here, he...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/685108/new-york-transportation-director-earns-doctorate


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