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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mike Martin and Tim Ammon

School BUSRide recently spoke with Mike Martin, executive director of NAPT, and Tim Ammon, co-founder of Decision Support Group. The following dialogue that occurred last month between these co-hosts of the Push 2 Talk podcast explores the effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandate on pupil transportation, various roles of alternative student transportation, and the fatigue […]

Q&A: Micro Bird’s Normand Paquet

School BUSRide spoke with Normand Paquet, chief commercial officer at Micro Bird Inc., about significant changes in the school bus industry, alternative propulsion, the rise of electric vehicles, and the critical steps being taken to train the techs and drivers of tomorrow. Please introduce yourself and your day-to-day role at Micro Bird. I have been […]

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, […]

Is Alternative Student Transportation as Consistent as Traditional Transportation?

Alternative Transportation Myth #3: Alternative Student Transportation Is Not as Consistent as Traditional Transportation There are several alternative transportation models to explore when evaluating what is best for your district. Each model is different in how they structure their drivers, vehicles, and routing services. Districts utilizing alternative forms of student transportation typically fall within one […]

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 […]

Responding to the Next Pandemic

Merriam-Webster defines a pandemic as something “occurring over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affecting a significant proportion of the population.” We have seen that definition in action over the last nearly two years. I believe there is another pandemic in our midst and that we must be mindful […]

The Time for Advocacy Is NOW

Several months ago, we explored the issue of advocacy for school transportation professionals. Given the time of year and the environment in which we find ourselves, it seems appropriate to revisit that topic and go a little deeper. Why? Because it is getting pretty real out there! The nation is still reeling under the COVID […]

Alternative Student Transportation Myth #2: It Doesn’t Meet Standard Student Transportation Requirements

It is a widely held belief that alternative forms of student transportation do not meet the standards or regulations of traditional student transportation. There are thousands of districts out there that use alternative types of vehicles though (some of them even own their own “white fleet”), so is it true? Do alternative types of transportation […]

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 […]

Salus and PURE Bioscience Introduce Hard Surface Disinfectant for School Buses

In a post-COVID environment, cleanliness on school buses has become a paramount concern for education professionals. Disinfecting should no longer be a reactionary response due to “spikes in COVID cases,” but become part of a “daily routine.”  It is critical for school buses to be disinfected regularly, in a safe, and effective manner, to restore […]