School Bus Fleet Magazine - April-May 2014

COVER STORY

Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant

By Thomas McMahon

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses — including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

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FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE

Drivers, Students Prepare for the Worst with Emergency Training

Hands-on training is not only important for preparing drivers, but also for helping them to instruct students on what to do in various emergencies and assist them, transportation directors say.  Some preparation measures include role-playing and agility training

Parkway Launches CNG Bus Project with $15M Grant

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station.  Here's a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses - including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

Is a Shared Transportation Director Good for Your Operation?

Many factors must be taken into account when considering whether to have one director oversee yellow bus service at two school districts, including the operations' proximity to one another, the condition of the fleets and the relations among department employees.

Contractors See Safety as an Investment

Executives for some of North American's largest school bus companies discuss how allocating resources toward such efforts as driver training and preventive maintenance can benefit the operation by improving safety and employee morale, which, in turn, enhances profitability.

How to Manage Conflict and Deal with Angry People

Employees can express anger and frustration when they feel that their basic needs, such as feeling appreciated and valued, are not being met.  Managers and others in leadership roles must listen to gain an understanding of the problem and work together with the employees toward a solution.

Protect Your Operation with Video Surveillance

False claims have the potential to damage reputations and cause legal problems if a district or bus company is unable to prove what occurred.  Equipping buses with cameras and DVRs can provide undisputable evidence in these situations.  Here's a roundup of the technology utliized by operations around the country.

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Editori's Note                        Advertiser Index

Industry News                       Product Highlights

Special Needs                       NAPT News & Views

Snapshots                            Classifieds

Business Watch                     The Last Word

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