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Blue Bird charges ahead with 500 electric school buses in North America

During an annual dealer meeting in late May, school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation announced the milestone of 500 electric-powered school buses delivered or on order. As the only school bus manufacturer that produces and sells all three school-bus body configurations in EV, Blue Bird expects its electric bus sales to accelerate through the rest […]

Student Transportation of America appoints Halley to lead electric school bus initiative

Student Transportation of America (STA) announced today that Ronald Halley, Vice President of Fleet and Facilities, will lead the company’s new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.  Halley will oversee all aspects of the program — including rollout, partnerships and data collection — as STA begins introducing electric buses this summer to select markets on the East […]

Dayton Public School District to provide transportation for all eligible students in 2021-2022

The Dayton Public School District will provide yellow bus transportation for all eligible students in grades PreK-12 beginning next school year. This is possible after the Board of Education voted to approve a contract with First Student, a school bus transportation company that will take over all charter and parochial school routes next year. The […]

Michigan energy provider offers incentives to electrify school buses

Consumers Energy is putting the electric vehicle transformation into high gear with a major new program to help businesses statewide transition to carbon-free EVs. Consumers Energy’s new PowerMIFleet program will focus on Michigan businesses, offering expertise and $3 million in rebates for charging locations throughout the state. “Michigan was the birthplace of the American auto […]

BYD to Introduce Electric School Buses

BYD (“Build Your Dreams”)  is introducing a battery-electric Type D school bus with unparalleled safety features and performance, wrapped in a sleek design that will have students wanting to step onboard. With length options of 35, 38, and 40 feet, BYD’s Type D battery-electric school bus is perfect for transporting students to classes, field trips, as well […]

Access Holdings supports student transportation partnership

  Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in building enduring businesses, announced today the firm is supporting a partnership between its new student transportation platform, American Student Transportations Partners (ASTP), and Pennsylvania-based Krise Transportation. Access Holdings will not only provide capital but dedicated resources and tools to support the growth of ASTP into […]

Thomas Built Buses delivers 50th Proterra powered electric school bus

  Thomas Built Buses (TBB), a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, its exclusive Virginia dealer, Sonny Merryman Inc., and Proterra Inc (“Proterra”), a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, this week celebrated the delivery of the 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus. The milestone delivery went to Loudon County Public […]


Ronna Weber recently assumed the position of executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS). Previously, Weber served as executive director of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), as well as a speaker and attendee at many NASDPTS Annual Conferences. School BUSRide spoke with Weber about her new role, […]

Ransomware Attacks on School Districts and the Resulting Impacts on Transportation Departments

Ransomware attacks – in which a software first maliciously steals information from an organization, and then locks that information until a ransom is paid to hackers – are on the rise against American public school districts. The nature of ransomware has evolved in recent years, lending to an increase in the severity of attacks. “Ransomware […]

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Deploys Kajeet for Rolling Wi-Fi Hotspots

By Richard G. Tackett When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and shutdowns stalled in-person learning at schools around the nation, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) acted quickly to ensure all its students had Wi-Fi access and the ability to learn remotely. Teaming with partner Kajeet – a managed wireless connectivity provider – SCCPSS utilized […]