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CalAmp honored for school bus contact tracing solution

CalAmp, a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, announced today that its Bus Guardian school bus contact tracing solution has received the 2020 IoT Excellence Award presented by TMC and Crossfire Media. Bus Guardian, developed by CalAmp subsidiary Synovia Solutions, is a powerful combination of CalAmp’s hardware, software and telematics technology that delivers contact […]

NJ Governor announces $100 million investment in clean transportation projects

Governor Phil Murphy announced an investment of more than $100 million in clean, equitable transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce the effects of climate change while moving New Jersey towards 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Volkswagen […]

NCST postponed due to public health restrictions

According to an announcement from the National Congress on School Transportation (NCST), the 17th NCST, which was rescheduled from May 2020 to May 2021, has been postponed again. The NCST Steering Committee ruled to delay the in-person Congress again after receiving input from 39 state delegates. According to a statement from Steering Committee Chair, Patrick […]

NASDPTS announces Ronna Weber as new executive director

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) set out last month to fill the position of executive director after Charlie Hood stated he would be retiring at the end of March. The NASDPTS Board then put together a Selection Committee made up of NASDPTS members. After a thorough and detailed process […]


School BUSRide recently spoke with Charlie Hood, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS). Hood will retire in March after a career spanning almost 40 years. How did you first get into the school bus and school transportation industry? I started out in education, having graduated from Florida […]

2021: What now?

By Tim Ammon and Tom Platt The turning of the calendar means that we are all getting settled into a new year and, in this year, a new presidential administration. While it seems unlikely that, to turn a phrase, the new boss will be the same as the old boss, a core set of challenges […]

Turning the danger zone into a safety zone

School buses are known to be the safest method of transporting kids to school – 70 times safer than travelling by car. School bus design improvements and a variety of safety products and technologies all contribute to help school buses maintain this distinction. Industry insight gathered on safety incidents involving school buses, however, shows that […]

Reporting Violations Will Get Easier

In 2019, there were an estimated 115 million cars on the road per day: driving to work, school, the grocery store, the works. But nearly 100,000 of those, wherever they were heading to, illegally passed a school bus when the stop-arm was extended. According to the NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Student Transportation […]

Polser USA says its Antimicrobial Technology is 99-percent effective against COVID-19 on surfaces

Polser Composite Materials Corporation along with its Polser USA (Elkhart, Indiana) operation announced that its Antimicrobial (AMB) Technology has been tested against COVID-19 and has been found to be 99 percent effective in killing the deadly pathogen on surfaces. Polser Composite Materials Corporation in Izmir, Turkey is a global leader in the development and manufacturer […]

Thinking Outside the Bus to Protect Children

By Daniel Thompson School buses are largely safe – but until every single child gets to school and back unharmed, we have to keep innovating. Nearly 15 students die each year in school transportation-related incidents in the U.S., with about five of those fatalities caused by passing motorists, according to The National Association for Pupil […]