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NASDPTS 2021 Annual Conference update

In a statement released to members, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) announced Monday that, due to the ongoing travel restrictions attendant to COVID-19, the organization’s in-person 2021 Annual Conference has been canceled and will instead take place virtually. For more information, visit

IC BUS® awards scholarship recipients for 2021

  Today IC Bus® announced nine recipients of its annual IC Bus Scholarship. The scholarships, which are awarded to family members of IC Bus dealer employees, are a joint effort between IC Bus and its dealer network to demonstrate the company’s commitment to higher education in the communities where their employees live and work. Each awardee […]

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 […]

New York City Council requires all school buses to be electric by 2035

The New York City Council passed a bill Thursday evening mandating that the city’s school bus fleet be fully electric by 2035. The bill passed with 44 votes in favor and one vote against. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill comes as New York City has embraced electric transportation […]

Treasury completes $2 billion in recovery fund payments to transportation businesses

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sent the final payments to recipients of funding provided through the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) program. Over 1,400 motorcoach, school bus, passenger vessel and pilotage companies representing all 50 states received grants – 93% of which are small businesses and more than 33% of which […]

National School Bus Safety Week focuses on danger zone awareness

  Each year during the third full week of October, communities across the nation celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. It’s an opportunity for the school transportation community in particular to talk about the value of the school bus and educate others about school bus safety. This year’s theme, “Be Safe, Know the Danger Zone,” […]

Massachusetts National Guard expands school transportation mission

As part of its ongoing effort to support school-age children and their families, the Massachusetts National Guard will expand its school transportation mission to 4 additional communities. In response to requests for assistance by local government officials, the Guard will begin service in Haverhill, Revere, Wachusett and Worcester. These latest additions fall within Governor Baker’s […]