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Evaluating and Implementing Student Transportation Tracking

Gone are the days when parents anxiously waited at bus stops, unsure of when their child’s school bus would arrive. Technology has empowered parents with information about their child’s vehicle location and estimated time of arrival. School districts and transportation providers can even send parents notifications about route changes or delays. Student tracking applications provide […]

The Power of Association

Later this month, we’ll welcome our members and business partners to the return of the NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show. This awesome event will be our first time together since 2019, and I cannot tell you how excited I am! The movers and shakers, the leaders and aspiring leaders, key business leaders, and industry […]

Special Needs Solutions

We’ve long said that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to transporting kiddos with special needs. Each child has differing needs that need to be met, and that shouldn’t stop anyone from working to help these students have equal access to the same quality of education as their peers. What the student needs is […]

Region 4 in Houston area picks Transfinder

Region 4 Education Service Center, located in Houston, Texas, is pioneering a new approach to assisting member districts with their transportation needs by selecting Transfinder’s award-winning Routefinder PLUS and servicing districts that are implementing the solution. Behind this innovative approach is Jack Mann, Region 4 Director of Business and Operations Solutions. Mann, prior to working […]

Official School BUSRide Road Test: Blue Bird Vision Electric Bus

Although Blue Bird’s all-electric Type C school bus launched in 2019, the manufacturer is no stranger to electric vehicles (EVs). The company rolled out its first electric bus nearly 30 years and has closely monitored and developed the technology since then. With the latest iteration of the Vision Electric, Blue Bird said it has struck […]

Pembroke Central School District Utilizes Transfinder for Continued Transportation Success

Pembroke Central School District (PCSD) was honored with the inaugural Transfinder Top Transportation Teams award in June. The award was created by Transfinder in 2022 as a way to recognize the inspiring leadership demonstrated by schools facing the challenges brought on by COVID-19. One of only six districts to win the award, PCSD received the […]

Take Charge: Infrastructure, Charging, & Energy Storage

Fleet electrification is undoubtably a complex process, and with a seemingly exponential increase in grants and incentive programs, school districts with secured funding will now need to consider their next steps in planning a successful and seamless transition to a low- or zero-emissions future. You have secured funding. Now what? When it comes to implementing […]

Member Spotlight: Jennifer Durno, Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities

For this month’s NAPT Member Spotlight, School BUSRide spoke with Jennifer Durno, director of transportation for the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Niles, Ohio. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your district. I am Jennifer Durno, this is my 19th year in pupil transportation. I am currently working for the Trumbull County […]

Exclusive Interview: Tim Ammon of Zonar

Zonar recently hired Tim Ammon as the new vice president & general manager of passenger services. With more than 20 years of experience in school transportation operations analysis, Ammon brings expertise in student safety protocols, cost management, organizational design, and technology use. School BUSRide spoke to Ammon about his experience in student transportation, his new […]

Dealing with Difficult People…

Last week during a call with member leaders, I heard frustration in their voices. As school started across the country, it appears we’ve come into a season of difficult people. Instead of fresh notebooks, sharpened pencils, fall colors, pumpkin spice, and homecoming games taking our attention, dealing with upset people has become a part of […]