School Bus Fleet Magazine - July 2013

COVER STORY

How to fine-tune bell times for bus efficiency

By Stephane Babcock

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

Read more of what is inside this month's issue.

FEATURES

Dubai Conference Draws Global Insights on School Transport

Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate's first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and security, driver training and other areas.

Do I Take the Job?: 7 Steps to Making the Right Call

For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a good career path or a rocky road.  Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.

Fine-Tuning Bell Times for Efficiency

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders.  Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

Bus Buying, Contracts on the Rise

Almost two-thirds of Contractor Survey respondents are buying more or the same number of buses for the 2013-14 school year compared to 2012-13, an increase of almost 8 percentage points over last year's figure.

REI's Chris Shigley on Growth, Trends

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary, the company's national sales manager says customers' needs have played a key role in its development.

Fewer Fleets Grow Among Top 50

Fifty-seven percent of the contractors returning to this year's ranking report a reduction in their fleet sizes or no change compared to last year.  Still, the total number of buses in the list increases 1,609 units over 2012.

What's New in the Top 50

The latest developments related to several of this year's largest school bus contractors.

Krapf Keeps Focus on People

After 70 years in operation, George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation.  CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

PA Systems Aid in Communication

Whether directing students to cross the street safely or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively.

DEPARTMENTS

On the Bus                             Snapshots                             Classifieds

Industry News                         My Other Life                         The Last Word

Industry Forum                       Business Watch

Special Needs                         Advertiser Index

Shop Talk                               Product Highlights

NAPT News & Views                  People

                                     


School Bus Fleet Magazine - July 2013
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