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Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District welcomes an all-electric bus to its fleet

  This week, Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) welcomes an all-electric Blue Bird Vision model to its school bus fleet. According to a statement from the district, “The Blue Bird Vision model is a clean, efficient, and more environmentally sustainable version of a conventionally-fueled 71-passenger yellow bus. While the new bus will showcase electric-powered […]

Blue Bird exceeds 400 electric-powered school buses in North America

School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation, with its commitment to move bus fleets to clean-power solutions, has now exceeded 400 electric-powered school buses delivered or on order. With momentum building, electric-bus sales are expected to increase further before the end of 2021. With more than 400 electric-powered school buses delivered or ordered in the last […]

Los Angeles school district purchases 10 all-electric buses

  Lion Electric (Lion), a leading manufacturer of all electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that it has secured an order for its all-electric school buses from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). This initial order of 10 LionC school buses, which follows Lion’s recent delivery of all-electric school buses to the […]

Barry Sudduth Offers His Perspective on Professional Growth in 2021

Barry Sudduth is the immediate past president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and current executive director of transportation for Stafford County Public Schools (https://www.staffordschools.net/) in Virginia. He also serves as the chair of NAPT’s Professional Growth Committee. Sudduth has served as executive director for the past eight years and prior to his […]

Risky Business: Recognizing and Managing Risks in Transportation

When you hear about risk management, what is your first thought? Is it lawyers and insurance brokers, and lots of paperwork? If those are the images recalled, it is time to rethink risk and where it comes from. Risk is often perceived as something to be afraid of because the consequences can often be devastating […]

The Risk of Underestimating School Transportation Challenges for Children with Disabilities Under the Coronavirus

By Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. The provision of transportation for children with disabilities during the coronavirus can be depicted as perplexing and complicated. School districts across our nation have overwhelmingly underestimated the debilitating impact of the coronavirus on school transportation for children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers alike. A transportation director recently described his […]

Special-Needs Training and Standardization Remains a Priority

Teena Mitchell of Greenville County Schools (https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/) says that hands-on, face-to-face training is critical, even in the wake of a pandemic With nearly 250 special needs drivers, aides, and administrators, all working to safely transport more than 1,200 special-needs students daily, Greenville County Schools understands the importance of effectively training and testing its special-needs personnel. […]

Nassau County School District upgrades its routing to the next generation

The Nassau County School District (NCSD) (https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/) is comprised of 16 fully accredited schools covering five geographic areas across Northeast Florida and serving nearly 12,000 students with over 50 percent utilizing student transportation services on a daily basis. “We have close to 2,000 bus stops that we make every day, running typically 75 routes,” said […]

Who is Essential?

Essential workers. The news media and politicians talk about them all the time, speaking in almost reverent terms about vitally essential workers: EMTs, fire fighters, nurses, nurse aides, teachers, and restaurant workers. And yet, there is rarely a mention of school bus drivers when ‘essential workers’ are invoked. In 1970, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell wrote the […]

ALC Schools Specializes Transportation for Colorado Schools

Colorado has some of the most stringent state and district-specific compliance requirements for student transportation in the country. Colorado districts serve students with special needs, students who fall under the McKinney-Vento Act, medically-fragile kids, and foster youth – and many districts take advantage of the state’s numerous specialty schools for these students. Twenty-three of the […]