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BusGates Fights Against Stop-Arm Violations

After successfully leading a lobbying effort to allow pilot programs in Illinois, the creators of BusGates say districts nationwide can save lives with stop-arm fixed extenders In 2015, after working for many years at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Daniel Thompson said he saw a desperate need for increased stop-arm safety. “Riding the school […]


The first NAPT ACTS!® The Road Show event will be held in Houston, TX on October 18 – 20, 2021. It is being developed collaboratively with the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.  ACTS!® The Road Show will feature in-depth conversations on important issues among a limited number of first-come, first-served registrants.  Mike Martin, executive director […]

Use Technology to Ensure Children Are Not Left Behind

Are you really doing everything you can to make sure the children in your care are getting safely to and from school? Yes, state governments mandate that no child shall be left on a school vehicle. And school districts and transportation contractors require extensive training for drivers. They also equip their vehicles with cameras and […]

Should School Bus Air Quality Be Inferior to the Classroom?

When a student steps onto a school bus, they have entered an important component of a school’s facilities. School buses are the safest way to travel to and from school and are the only transportation option for some students. Students spend a considerable amount of their school day on the school bus, so how does […]

Due Dilligence with Drivers Pays Dividends

Operating Transportation Advisors and EZ-DrugTest out of Charlotte, Tom Holden cautions school districts to keep track of driver records, drugs and alcohol testing, and COVID exposures Tom Holden began his transportation career in 2002 as director of operations and general manager of Rose Chauffeured Transportation in Charlotte, North Carolina. For 16 years, he leads the […]

Q&A: Dr. Kayne Smith, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

School BUSRide spoke with Dr. Kayne Smith, director of transportation at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (ISD) in Houston, Texas, and president for the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation. Smith discussed the top issues facing pupil transportation in Texas, adjusting to post-COVID operations, the impact of virtual learning, and the benefits of information sharing. What are […]


  By Peter Mannella Several years ago, at an annual conference I was planning in New York, I invited a guest speaker who specialized in child and family social trends and conditions. My intention was for her to share information with the pupil transportation professionals in the room about the children who get our attention […]

Utilizing the Emergency Connectivity Fund for School Bus Wi-Fi

By Michael Flood New Funding Eligibility For transportation directors, finding adequate funding to support school bus Wi-Fi solutions has historically posed a significant challenge. Federal programs established to fund Wi-Fi connectivity solutions for students – such as the FCC E-Rate program, for example – often do not make allowances for in-vehicle connectivity, leaving transportation directors […]

LiquidSpring Brings “Smart” Suspensions to School Buses

Using a compressible liquid adaptive suspension system, students, aides, and drivers experience smooth rides and improved handling By Richard G. Tackett After LiquidSpring’s entry into the school bus industry, the company’s “smart” suspension technology might be a game-changer – much as it has been for transit buses, RVs, and emergency vehicles. With the proprietary Compressible […]


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, […]