Indiana district cuts buses, extends routes ... 3 winners take bus competion top spots again
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes

After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.



3 previous winners take top spots in bus safety competition

At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.



Trends in school bus camera implementation

An analysis of recent school district contracts for bus video surveillance systems finds an average purchase of three cameras per bus. That and other dynamics are identified in this article by market analyst Paul Irby.




Nebraska school’s propane bus investment pays off

Omaha Public Schools and Student Transportation Inc. (STI) collaborated on the district’s deployment of 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses last summer, which has saved approximately $200,000 versus diesel. In a new video released last week by the Propane Education & Research Council, school officials and the contractor explain the convenience of maintenance, cost savings, and performance of the buses in the state’s frigid winters.




VIDEO: District cuts costs with propane buses

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jerry Bartee, Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools, explains how the district’s 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses make economic sense, in addition to providing reliability on cold weather days. A ROUSH CleanTech case study shows how the buses have saved nearly 50% per gallon on fuel costs and cut emissions.



PHOTOS: Washington district’s old and new transportation facilities

White Salmon Valley School District’s old transportation center was a Quonset hut with a gravel lot. The new facility includes such features as covered bus parking, a wash bay and a training/break room. See shots of both facilities here.



District sees lower costs, emissions with propane buses

A case study on Washingtonville (N.Y.) Central School District’s usage of Blue Bird buses equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems finds that the district spent about 30% less on maintenance for the autogas portion of its fleet and will eliminate about 120,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per bus during the lifetime of the vehicles.


Tackling school bus driver shortage

Eighty-four percent and 85%. These are the percentages of respondents to SBF’s 2013 School District Survey and SBF’s 2014 Contractor Survey, respectively, who reported having some degree of school bus driver shortage at their operation.


Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say

Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.


Trans Tech Bus adds 2 new dealers, Altoona-tests SST model

The Type A school bus manufacturer appoints two new dealers for the Canadian market and announces that its complete product line is now available in Canada. Meanwhile, Trans Tech’s SST school bus goes through Altoona STURAA testing, with results including an average miles per gallon of 9.60.


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