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STA launches electric school bus program in Los Angeles

Student Transportation of America (STA) announced today the launch of its Electric Vehicle (EV) Pilot Program in Los Angeles, Calif., one of the first markets identified to receive electric school buses as part of the organization’s expansive effort to introduce battery-powered buses to city, suburban and rural communities across the nation in the coming year. […]

Why is There Litigation in School Transportation?

Lessons from the Experts School districts are regularly assigned responsibility for transporting our nation’s school-age children with and without disabilities to and from school, utilizing school district vehicles and personnel, and/or approved contractor vehicles and personnel. Regardless of the service delivery model selected, it is reasonable to scrutinize if school transportation safety practices are given […]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trish Reed of IC Bus

School BUSRide recently spoke with Trish Reed, vice president / general manager of IC Bus at Navistar. Reed provided her insight on the most significant industry developments of the past five years, speculated on future developments, and outlined how IC Bus plans to meet these changes head-on. Please provide an overview of your history in […]

A Day in the Life of a School Bus

By H. Kevin Mest Every year school buses transport over 23.5 million children to and from school while traveling over 4 billion miles  According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely on a school bus rather than traveling by car. A lot […]

Reducing Risk to Students in the Danger Zone

By Deirdre O’Brien Technology and grassroots efforts join forces to increase safety outside the bus Students outside the school bus are far more vulnerable to risk of injury than those on-board the bus. And the risk to students outside the bus is rising every year, according to annual injury statistics. The 2018-19 school year saw […]

SPEAKING UP…SPEAKING OUT FOR SAFETY

When I first was hired in Oneida County, New York, in 1974, the County Executive I worked for told me to remember two things, one of which is the focus of this article. I have tried to live by it ever since: “If there is bad news or there are hard decisions needing my attention, […]

Research Goes a Long Way in Spec’ing Bus Washes

A detailed spec’ing process can ensure your long-term goals with a new bus wash system Spec’ing is one of the most important steps for any district looking to purchase a new wash system. A good spec process explores system feasibility in several different areas: Research and Self-Research A quality spec often begins with quality conversations. […]

Determining Factors for Purchasing a New Bus Wash System

The determining factors districts should consider when spec’ing a new bus wash system are budget versus wash frequency versus cost-per-wash. Since washing is an expense, not a revenue source, it is imperative that the most effective way to wash for the district should always be the most efficient and ecological way. Purchasing Considerations We believe […]

BusGates Fights Against Stop-Arm Violations

After successfully leading a lobbying effort to allow pilot programs in Illinois, the creators of BusGates say districts nationwide can save lives with stop-arm fixed extenders In 2015, after working for many years at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Daniel Thompson said he saw a desperate need for increased stop-arm safety. “Riding the school […]

EQT Infrastructure acquires First Student and First Transit

FirstGroup plc (‘FirstGroup’ or the ‘Group’) is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure (the ‘Sale’), which was approved by FirstGroup shareholders on 27 May 2021. Completion follows the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the Sale, as outlined in the circular to FirstGroup […]