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Triad Community Unit School District #2 Works with Transfinder to Modernize Routing

Located about 20 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri, the Triad Community Unit School District, in Troy, Illinois, covers three local communities: Troy, Marine and St. Jacobs, providing transportation service to approximately 2,700 students within the seven school attendance centers. Triad’s transportation department is responsible for the daily operation for student transportation to and from […]

Recruiting Bus Drivers

What drives your recruiting efforts? Do you instantly engage with recruits from the moment they think about driving a yellow bus? With a generation absorbed and consumed by cell phones, we must connect with potential applicants quicker now than ever before.  A few years ago, I was riding with a friend to Atlanta, Georgia, and […]


The NAPT Public Policy Committee is conducting important work by keeping members informed of legislation and policies that affect school transportation professionals, as well as crafting the association’s official stances on these issues. With the new year in full swing, the NAPT Public Policy Committee has endorsed several issues and policies that are vital to […]

Thinking About Electric School Buses?

  Know the ins and outs of charging Picture this: A school district didn’t plan ahead to provide adequate capacity for the district’s electric school bus (ESB) fleet. Now, that district is left revising an expensive new charging electrical infrastructure at its bus depot, leading to downtime, frustrated drivers, and rising costs down the road. […]

Modernizing Student Transportation for Adaptability While Preserving Safety Standards

In the effort to continue educational access for students across the United States, student transportation as an industry has shifted to become more inclusive of small-capacity vehicles. Adapting to the needs of today’s students requires a departure from strictly using the traditional school bus model, allowing districts greater flexibility in both routing and catering to […]

Love the Bus Month

For decades, pupil transportation professionals – from directors, to drivers, to routers, to mechanics, to trainers, and support staff operate quietly in the background, however, in February we are given the opportunity to publicly recognize these individuals. February marks the annual month-long celebration of Love the Bus, a time to show gratitude towards the dedicated […]

The Connected Bus

Maintaining a fleet of buses is a full-time job, with everyone from school bus manufacturers to supervisors constantly seeking effective ways to increase oversight and reduce unplanned downtime. Thanks to our increasingly connected world of people, vehicles, and transportation systems, solutions like remote diagnostics are now providing bus fleets with data and insights that can […]

Happy Love the Bus Month!

February, oh February! It’s like the month was made for spreading love – be it through our Bus Love Campaign or the romantic vibes of Valentine’s Day. This month totally owns my heart! The idea that we spend an entire month celebrating our bus drivers, routers, trainers, mechanics, support staff, and directors is amazing. Thank […]

In Case of Emergency

No one wants to break the glass, or reach for the red book, or the red files, or whatever system you use (hoping you have a system) to identify the procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. As we have seen dozens of times since the start of school, having systems and procedures […]

How the South Colonie Central School District Succeeded in its Transportation Director Succession Planning

Succession planning is a vital process for all departments within a school district. It involves identifying and developing employees who have the potential to fill key leadership positions in the future. By investing in the development of employees, school districts can ensure a smooth transition of leadership and maintain continuity in their operations.  The South […]