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Safety Vision partners with Buncombe County Schools for stop arm violations support

  Safety Vision is proud to continue their successful 2-year partnership with Buncombe County Public School (BCS) Transportation Department in Asheville, North Carolina to deploy mobile video surveillance systems on all 240 district buses. According to David Rhoney, Director of Transportation for the district, Safety Vision has helped him realize his goal to outfit and […]

Zum accelerates plans to modernize school transportation with $130M in funding

Zūm, the leader in modern student transportation, today announced $130 million in Series D funding led by Softbank Vision Fund 2*, with participation from existing investors including Sequoia and BMW i Ventures. Andrew Straub of Softbank Investment Advisers will join the board of directors. Zum’s comprehensive service is designed to transport students safely, reliably, and […]

EPA offers $17M in rebates to fund school buses that reduce diesel emissions

As part of its commitment to protecting children, highlighted during children’s health month, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing two school bus rebate opportunities: the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebate Program, and the 2021 American Rescue Plan Electric School Bus Rebates. The two rebate opportunities total approximately $17 […]

REV Group names new Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technology

REV Group, Inc. announces the appointment of Eric Sandstrom as Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, a newly-created executive leadership position. The new role will play a critical part in evolving the product portfolio, optimizing engineering excellence, and leading product and powertrain design, innovation, and technological advancements. Prior to joining REV Group, Sandstrom was Global […]

First Student expands Canadian operations by acquiring Sabem SEC Home-to-School Assets

First Student, North America’s leader in student transportation, today announced it signed an agreement to acquire a more than 140-bus operation in Quebec from Sabem SEC. The deal extends First Student’s operations in Quebec, where the company has a fleet of almost 750. First Student operates under its Autobus Transco brand in the province, where […]

LiDAS Ensures No Child is Left Behind

After a long day (and despite the school bus industry’s exceptional safety record), children are sometimes left behind on the school bus. Best practices, surveillance systems, and training help a lot — but is there more you can do to ensure every kid is off the bus each night? No school bus driver intends to […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA

School BUSRide recently spoke with Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, advocacy and governance, for the School Superintendents Association (AASA). She spoke about the role of lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and the current agenda for the AASA. How did you become a lobbyist? My undergraduate degree is in political science, and I was certified in […]

It’s Okay to Take a Bow…

Over the many years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the school bus community, I have often said that school transportation folks are ‘problem solvers’ and that you tend to not pat yourselves on the back very often.  The culture of school transportation is to recognize the situation at hand, address […]

Alternative Student Transportation Myths

Myth #1: The only students who need alternative transportation are children with special needs. We all love the show MythBusters because they were a team of professionals who took common myths most of us were familiar with and tried to prove them. Sometimes they did, and other times they either found that the myth was […]

COVID-19 Response – The Reflections of a School Transportation Professional

March 13, 2020, was a pivotal day for Americans; it was the last “normal” day we would see for almost a year and a half (longer for others). We learned that all schools would shut down on March 16, 2020, for the remainder of the school year. As I drove my car to work every […]