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FirstGroup enters agreement to sell First Student and First Transit

Friday, April 23, FirstGroup announced it has entered into an agreement for the sale of First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure. The proposed sale brings together North America’s market leaders in school and public transportation with one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors. First Student and First Transit operations will continue as usual […]

Protective shield against Covid-19 named as top innovation by the VDA

The Valeo UV Purifier, a system that uses UV rays to purify the air in buses and coaches, has been named as the year’s top innovation by the VDA*. The award was announced yesterday, on World Creativity and Innovation Day 2021. This Valeo technology is currently the world’s most powerful air sterilization system for bus […]

EPA awards $10.5 million to clean up 473 school buses in 40 states

Monday, April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded approximately $10.5 million to replace 473 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 137 school bus fleets in 40 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked […]

Zonar’s pupil transportation Smart Fleet Solutions Suite supports electric vehicles

Zonar the leader in smart fleet technology, announced Monday that its pupil product solutions are supported on electric school buses. These solutions are currently running on Chesapeake Public School’s Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric vehicle fleet and Zeeland Public School’s Lion Electric school bus fleet. Adapted for electric commercial vehicles, the Zonar V4 […]

Valeo receives the International busplaner Sustainability Award 2021

  Valeo has today (April 15, 2021) received the International busplaner Sustainability Award 2021* for its UV Purifier for buses and coaches. The technology, which is the most powerful in the world, clears the air of more than 95% of its microbes, viruses and bacteria while the vehicle is on the move with passengers on board. Its […]

What to Ask When Choosing an Alternative School Transportation Solution

Today “safety” has taken on a new meaning and school transportation safety standards are evolving in response to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. If you are just looking, seriously considering, or comparing alternative school transportation solutions, there are key product and service features that make all the difference. We share the ways in which we […]

Key Considerations in the Pursuit of Clean School Bus Air

Indoor air quality in schools is finally being addressed, and that includes the air in school buses. School buses are the most densely populated areas of a school facility and they inherently have poor air quality. Funding is available through the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to clean the air in […]

Lee’s Summit Adapts and Evolves to New Challenges

Just southeast of Kansas City, Lee’s Summit School District spans 117 square miles serving nearly 19,000 students, with 14,000 utilizing school transportation services on a daily basis. The district accommodates anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 field trips and sporting events a year, covering approximately 2 million miles, and operating with a staff of just 220, […]

Q&A: Elisa Hanley, Kentucky Department of Education

School BUSRide spoke with Elisa Hanley, branch manager with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), about the most pressing issues in her state; how the Kentucky Department of Education responded to 2020’s challenges, and her thoughts regarding the best path forward. What are the most pressing issues facing student transportation in Kentucky? The number one […]

School Bus Fires are an Ever-Present Risk

Recent events – some just this year – have highlighted the need for high-quality fire suppression systems on school buses. Recently in Lincoln County, Kentucky, a quick-thinking bus driver was thankfully able to rescue all 12 kids on his bus when a fire broke out. Another incident occurred in Victor, New York, an electrical fire […]