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Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management, Sustainability
Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009957/parkway-launches-cng-bus-project-with-1-5m-grant
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management, Sustainability
Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10010042/green-ambitions-pay-off-for-kansas-district
Categories: Management, Safety
5 Questions: Tammy Knipp on Bolstering School Bus Oversight in Tennessee

Dr. Tammy Knipp, Tennessee's state director of student transportation, discusses her background and her role in overseeing school bus safety, training...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009593/5-questions-tammy-knipp-on-bolstering-school-bus-oversight-in-tennessee
Categories: Safety, Technology
5 Questions: Todd Monteferrario on Transportation Policies, Autonomous Vehicles

The National School Transportation Association president discusses the new administration in Washington, the shortage of school bus drivers, and the...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009706/5-questions-todd-monteferrario-on-transportation-policies-autonomous-vehicles
Categories: Safety
10 Tips for Stepping Up School Bus Security

From thorough pre-trip inspections to building rapport with students, here are 10 practices that can help prevent or respond to security threats.

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009886/10-tips-for-stepping-up-school-bus-security
Categories: Management, Safety

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10009917/school-bus-drivers-smile-went-a-long-way
Categories: Management, Safety

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10010044/phones-not-the-only-distractions
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and...

https://www.globalfleetmanagement.com/10010071/nasdpts-looks-at-ways-to-enhance-training-service
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Legal/Legislative, Management
School Shows Big ‘Love’ for the Bus

Cosumnes River is the smallest elementary school in its district, but in February its students showed that they have no shortage of school bus spirit.

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10009780/school-shows-big-love-for-the-bus
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Management
Partnerships Are Path to Success for Pam McDonald

The longtime pupil transportation leader has helped strengthen the industry by building vital connections with colleagues and suppliers.

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10009797/partnerships-are-path-to-success-for-pam-mcdonald
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Safety
3-Point Belts on Buses: Real-World Experience Mitigates Most Concerns

Will students wear the seat belts or use them as weapons? Does the added cost lead to cuts in school bus service? And what about the impact on emergency...

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10009811/3-point-belts-on-buses-real-world-experience-mitigates-most-concerns
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation

Increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. In situations like this, long lines of vehicles often build up in the morning and afternoon.

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10009951/the-trouble-with-cutting-bus-service
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Safety
Large Bus Showcase 2010

Along with details on the latest Type C and D models, we spotlight three exemplary school bus dealerships. Read about their interesting histories, their...

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10010296/large-bus-showcase-2010
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Safety
Q&A: Dirk Kempthorne Goes Yellow

The former senator, governor and secretary of the Interior is a high-profile fan of the school bus industry. Here Kempthorne, who will address the NAPT this...

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10010379/qa-dirk-kempthorne-goes-yellow
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Management, Safety
Keeping NSTA on Track

Donald Fowler brings his decades of experience in school bus contracting to the national stage as he becomes president of NSTA. He sees challenges for the...

https://www.chargedfleet.com/10010421/keeping-nsta-on-track
Categories: Management, Safety

Valerie Robertino was impatient to get home when she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. As she waited behind...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009917/school-bus-drivers-smile-went-a-long-way
Categories: Maintenance
School Bus LED Benefits Increase as Costs Decrease

The price gap between LEDs and incandescent lights has gotten smaller in recent years. With their longer life, higher light output and lower maintenance,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009919/school-bus-led-benefits-increase-as-costs-decrease
Categories: Management, Safety
For Gallagher, Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth

In 17 years, Student Transportation Inc. leader Denis Gallagher has built his company into the third-largest school bus contracting firm in North America....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009929/for-gallagher-commitment-to-customer-fuels-great-growth
Categories: Safety
Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words

One interesting detail in the journey of a South Carolina stop-arm camera measure through the legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009935/stop-arm-incident-photo-is-worth-1-000-words
Categories: Maintenance, Management
McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication

IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009943/mckinney-sees-longer-bus-life-diesel-dedication
Categories: Legal/Legislative, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation

Increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. In situations like this, long lines of vehicles often build up in the morning and afternoon.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009951/the-trouble-with-cutting-bus-service
Categories: Management

School districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. Pupil...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009956/districts-are-in-the-transportation-business
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management, Sustainability
Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009957/parkway-launches-cng-bus-project-with-1-5m-grant
Categories: Management, Safety
Rising costs, security and bus eligibility cuts are key issues

Having held a variety of leadership roles in the industry, Don Carnahan brings diverse insight to his second term as president of NAPT. Here, he shares his...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009973/rising-costs-security-and-bus-eligibility-cuts-are-key-issues
Categories: Management

Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009974/kids-know-good-drivers
Categories: Management, Safety

In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009980/positive-experiences-with-seat-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
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. At the annual NASDPTS conference,...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10009984/nasdpts-bolsters-support-for-lap-shoulder-belts
Categories: Management, Safety
How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010004/how-thomas-first-student-are-working-toward-a-better-bus
Categories: Management, Safety

There seems to be a great sense of pride and fulfillment in their work. Indeed, they’re building one of the safest vehicles on the road — a...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010015/a-tribute-to-the-school-bus-builders
Categories: Management, Safety
Dubai conference draws global insights on school transport

Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate’s first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010037/dubai-conference-draws-global-insights-on-school-transport
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management, Sustainability
Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010042/green-ambitions-pay-off-for-kansas-district
Categories: Management, Safety

What about having conversations with kids (or even aides) on the bus while driving? Is that a source of distraction that should be avoided?

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010044/phones-not-the-only-distractions
Categories: Management

You may feel like you can’t make time to exercise, but if you do, you just might find yourself more focused and productive while you’re working.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010059/fit-for-the-job
Categories: Safety

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010068/dont-fall-out-of-your-seat
Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010071/nasdpts-looks-at-ways-to-enhance-training-service
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management
David Anderson named <i>SBF</i>'s Administrator of the Year

The director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado’s Adams 12 Five Star Schools has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010073/david-anderson-named-isbf-is-administrator-of-the-year
Categories: Management

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010087/taking-on-the-top-challenges-of-the-job
Categories: Management, Safety
State directors: Why we do it this way

State pupil transportation directors discuss their states’ school bus specs and procedures that stand out, from fluorescent driver seat belts to...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010097/state-directors-why-we-do-it-this-way
Categories: Management

Are there some functions that only you know how to perform but that you could teach other members of your staff? What do you hope to achieve before summer...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010106/new-school-years-resolutions
Categories: Management, Safety
Contractor of the Year profile: Kobussen Buses

The Wisconsin school bus operator delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010108/contractor-of-the-year-profile-kobussen-buses
Categories: Management, Safety

Since the West Virginia Department of Education sent me the footage of a middle school student nearly being struck by a car illegally passing his school...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010109/stop-arm-running-in-the-crosshairs
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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010119/new-execs-bring-fresh-eyes-to-ic-bus
Categories: Management

This is not just about what we at SBF did. It’s part of what I see as growing ties between the pupil transportation community and key federal agencies.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010120/good-terms-with-the-government
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010122/nhtsas-david-strickland-school-bus-defender
Categories: Management

No one is going to be excited about paying school transportation fees, but in some cases, they could be the best bet for saving yellow bus service.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010129/2-different-takes-on-bus-fees
Categories: Management

I never met Joe Mirabella, but I got the sense that he was committed to doing what he felt was right — even if that meant going against the grain.

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010134/rebel-with-a-cause
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...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010137/2012-contractor-showcase
Categories: Management

As I did after the previous edition of the Children's Choice contest, I put together a collection of amusing and moving comments from the kids' essays....

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010149/kids-tell-it-like-it-is
Categories: Management
Mike Connors: driven to lead

SBF's 2011 Administrator of the Year reinforces the vital role his school bus drivers play in students’ development. The veteran director oversees a...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010155/mike-connors-driven-to-lead
Categories: Management
Feds show school bus support

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the...

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10010157/feds-show-school-bus-support


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