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Blue Bird delivers largest electric school bus fleet in its history to Broward County Public Schools in Florida

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, is supplying 60 electric school buses to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in Florida. The delivery represents the largest electric school bus fleet purchase in Blue Bird’s history. Through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Electric School Bus Project, BCPS is replacing part […]

Boston Public Schools puts first 20 Blue Bird electric buses in operation

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, in conjunction with its dealer Anderson Blue Bird Bus Sales of New England, has delivered its first batch of 20 electric school buses to Boston Public Schools (BPS). School officials and local government leaders hail the groundbreaking pilot program as the largest electric school […]

Connectivity Drives Uptime, Reduces Costs

IC Bus® says its OnCommand® Connection remote diagnostics tool is a game-changer for pupil transportation As people, vehicles, and transportation systems become more “connected,” school bus manufacturers are keeping pace with technology to help supervisors increase oversight and reduce unplanned downtime. For its part, IC Bus has introduced Navistar’s OnCommand Connection (OCC) remote diagnostics for […]

Prioritizing Student Safety: Advancements in Alternative Student Transportation

Alternative student transportation providers help school districts ensure that every child gets access to the education they deserve. By using smaller-capacity vehicles, these transportation providers can accommodate the dynamic needs of students and serve children and youth on small routes, in hard-to-reach or remote areas, and those traveling between districts (just to name a few).  […]

Watchung Hills RHS Keeps Students Safe and On-Track with Transfinder

As the transportation coordinator for Watchung Hills Regional High School District in Warren, New Jersey, Janice Ortiz wears many hats. Organizing routes, supervising drivers, coordinating trips and special ed transportation services, and processing aid for high school and K through 8 non-public student transportation, all over three separate towns. For Ortiz, having effective and efficient […]

White Bear Lake Area Schools Upgrades Trip and Payroll Management

As the director of transportation for White Bear Lake Area Schools, in in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Mike Turitto is responsible for a district transportation department running approximately 100 daily routes and serving over 3,400 bus stop locations within a 45 square mile district. Between 12 different schools, Turitto’s department runs hundreds of trips in […]

NAPT Member Spotlight: David Shaw, Palliser School Division

School BUSRide spoke with David Shaw, transportation services supervisor for Palliser School Division in Canada. He discussed his district’s biggest challenges and creative solutions, his experience as an NAPT members, and his thoughts on the organization’s recent live events. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your district. I am the transportation supervisor for Palliser […]

The Management Tightrope…

As a transportation director or executive, you’re used to multitasking and likely have a daily calendar packed with multiple projects. You may even feel like you’re walking a tightrope. But this is an unusual tightrope. It involves the routine business of your job, “plus” – the power is in the plus.  The pluses are the […]

The Right People…

Our members have shared the dilemmas and challenges they face in the recruitment, training and retention of transportation personnel with us. While it is hard to find experienced directors, routers, trainers and mechanics, the most elusive and difficult positions to fill across the country are school bus drivers. This shortage impacts urban, suburban and rural […]

Durham School Services Donates Bus for Mobile Mental Health “Chill Room”

Durham School Services (DSS), a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the West Jefferson Hills (WJH) School District in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, to renovate into a mobile “Chill Room/Makerspace” for its students. The Chill Room will allow students to seek innovative ways to help manage stress, anxiety, and focus on mental […]