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Due Dilligence with Drivers Pays Dividends

Operating Transportation Advisors and EZ-DrugTest out of Charlotte, Tom Holden cautions school districts to keep track of driver records, drugs and alcohol testing, and COVID exposures Tom Holden began his transportation career in 2002 as director of operations and general manager of Rose Chauffeured Transportation in Charlotte, North Carolina. For 16 years, he leads the […]

InterClean Equipment announces BuyBoard vendor contract

InterClean Equipment, one of the leading and sustainable, innovative commercial vehicle wash systems and water recycling pioneers in the world, today announced it has been awarded a contract with the BuyBoard, a purchasing cooperative, to increase the buying power of school districts and other public agencies for capital equipment. As a member company, InterClean will […]

Student Transportation of America promotes Shelly Hall to Senior Vice President of Health and Safety

Student Transportation of America (STA) announced today that Shelly Hall has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Health and Safety. Hall joined the Company in 2017 as Vice President of Safety and was tasked with leading the organization’s safety team throughout the United States and Canada. “I am very excited to announce the promotion […]

First electric buses equipped with BusPatrol safety technology hit the roads in Chesapeake

  In an industry first, BusPatrol has equipped electric buses with its suite of safety technology at Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia. The School District recently upgraded its fleet with the addition of two new electric buses, as part of a sustainability initiative with Dominion Energy. The electric vehicles will be the first in the […]

BusPatrol launches academy to hire and train safety technology installers

  BusPatrol announces the launch of BusPatrol Academy, a one-week paid training and certification program for aspiring technicians. Attendees will learn how to modernize school buses with the company’s leading safety technology. The company is actively recruiting hundreds of Field Service Technicians to help outfit tens of thousands of buses with safety technology. BusPatrol has […]

Q&A: Dr. Kayne Smith, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

School BUSRide spoke with Dr. Kayne Smith, director of transportation at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (ISD) in Houston, Texas, and president for the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation. Smith discussed the top issues facing pupil transportation in Texas, adjusting to post-COVID operations, the impact of virtual learning, and the benefits of information sharing. What are […]

A.C.E.: NOT THE WINNING KIND

  By Peter Mannella Several years ago, at an annual conference I was planning in New York, I invited a guest speaker who specialized in child and family social trends and conditions. My intention was for her to share information with the pupil transportation professionals in the room about the children who get our attention […]

Deer Park ISD Upgrades Field Trip Management to the Cloud

The Texas district recently moved its busHive Field Trip Software from a standalone app to the cloud The transportation department at Texas’ Deer Park Independent School District (ISD) transports more than 3,000 students per day with a fleet of 110 buses. In addition to daily routing, the district coordinates transportation and drivers for field trips, […]

Utilizing the Emergency Connectivity Fund for School Bus Wi-Fi

By Michael Flood New Funding Eligibility For transportation directors, finding adequate funding to support school bus Wi-Fi solutions has historically posed a significant challenge. Federal programs established to fund Wi-Fi connectivity solutions for students – such as the FCC E-Rate program, for example – often do not make allowances for in-vehicle connectivity, leaving transportation directors […]

LiquidSpring Brings “Smart” Suspensions to School Buses

Using a compressible liquid adaptive suspension system, students, aides, and drivers experience smooth rides and improved handling By Richard G. Tackett After LiquidSpring’s entry into the school bus industry, the company’s “smart” suspension technology might be a game-changer – much as it has been for transit buses, RVs, and emergency vehicles. With the proprietary Compressible […]