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School Bus Fleet Magazine - April-May 2014

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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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School Bus Fleet Magazine - March 2014

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Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations

By Kelly Aguinaldo

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - February 2014

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Team stays proactive to maintain safe service

By Kelly Aguinaldo

From its school bus maintenance to its driver training, the transportation employees at Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., look ahead and analyze information to identify potential problems or areas that need improvement.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - January 2014

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5 tips for connecting with special-needs students

By Nicole Schlosser

Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2013

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Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

By Thomas McMahon

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - October 2013

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How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus

By Thomas McMahon

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies become more efficient and make improvements that could benefit the entire industry.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - September 2013

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Directors wearing 2 hats balance responsibilities

By Nicole Schlosser

Bus service is just one part of the duties many transportation directors need to juggle on a daily basis. Getting the right people on board, delegation, planning and prioritizing are essential.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - August 2013

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Tips and tools to select safe stops

By Kelly Roher

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - July 2013

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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.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - June 2013

COVER STORY

How to maximize staff safety around alt-fuel buses

By Kelly Roher

From fueling training to regular tank inspection to a properly equipped maintenance facility, there are many factors to consider when operating school buses on propane autogas and compressed natural gas to ensure employees’ well-being. Industry officials discuss these and other components, along with the built-in safety features of some of today’s buses.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - April/May 2013

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The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security

By Roseann Schwaderer

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - March 2013

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How to make the most of technician training

By Kelly Roher

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

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