Richard Tackett, Author at School BUSRide


United Safety Strives for Safer School Buses

United Safety is pursuing a multi-tiered approach to school bus safety, aiming to help pupil transportation providers face new paradigms and challenges. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the nation – and the ensuing challenges which statewide lockdowns placed on bus travel – was the catalyst for some elements of this holistic safety view. Jeff Krueger, […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Outgoing NAPT Board Members

Please provide an overview of your time in the pupil transportation industry. Steven A. Simmons III: I’ve been in the pupil transportation industry for about 42 years. I started out as a mechanic working for a private contractor in Columbus, Ohio and then applied and got a job with the school district. I worked my […]

NAPT Spearheads Coalition Recommending Policy Changes to Address Driver Shortage

NAPT and more than a dozen other K-12 organizations recently sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttegieg conveying four specific recommendations for changes in federal policy to help abridge the current shortage of school bus drivers. Why it matters: NAPT and the other organizations believe the changes “will provide meaningful relief and […]

Melody Coniglio, CDPT, CSNT, and Kimberly Rentner win NAPT® elections

Coniglio, Director of Transportation for the Kenston (OH) Local Schools, received the most votes among the 3 candidates participating in the election for a new NAPT® Region 3 Director. Coniglio outpolled John Benish, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Cook-Illinois Corporation, and Katrina Falk, Director of Transportation for the Shelby Eastern (IN) Schools, to […]

Sacramento City Unified School District trials safety technology on school buses

  In an effort to assess pupil transportation safety and to tackle the problem of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses, Sacramento City Unified School District has partnered with BusPatrol to launch a pilot program. The district has equipped five of its buses with AI-powered stop-arm cameras to help deter drivers from illegally passing stopped […]

RideAlong to provide school transportation for Chicago Public Schools students

RideAlongNow Inc., a leader in safe and dependable transportation services for families, today announced that the company will provide student transportation for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). RideAlong’s solution offers an alternative to school bus transportation. Families in Chicago will be matched with dependable, safe drivers who will work with the school district and students’ caregivers […]

The School Bus Safety Company re-creates training course

The School Bus Safety Company announced today they have completely re-created and updated their training course – Transporting Students with Special Needs. The original course is used by thousands of school districts and was created over ten years ago. This new course is considerably improved and is built around a Safety Management System. A Safety […]

NASDPTS 2021 Annual Conference update

In a statement released to members, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) announced Monday that, due to the ongoing travel restrictions attendant to COVID-19, the organization’s in-person 2021 Annual Conference has been canceled and will instead take place virtually. For more information, visit NASDPTS.org.

IC BUS® awards scholarship recipients for 2021

  Today IC Bus® announced nine recipients of its annual IC Bus Scholarship. The scholarships, which are awarded to family members of IC Bus dealer employees, are a joint effort between IC Bus and its dealer network to demonstrate the company’s commitment to higher education in the communities where their employees live and work. Each awardee […]

A Look at Post-COVID Special Needs Transportation

School BUSRide spoke with Kevin Trudeau, director of commercial sales for BraunAbility, to discuss accessible student transportation in the wake of COVID-19. BraunAbility provides mobility products to numerous transportation industries. Trudeau discussed disruptions due to the pandemic, new safety concerns, the role technology plays in the “new normal,” and more. From an equipment standpoint, what […]