Partnering with a power source can save a fleet operation on costs and energy consumption
JFK Transportation in Santa Ana recently held a “Paint A Bus” contest with the theme “2020 Through the Eyes of a Student” and created wraps of the winning artwork for some of its buses.
Activities of note included a briefing with law enforcement, distributing illuminated wristbands, and events recognizing bus drivers and monitors.
McDonald, the director of transportation for Orange (Calif.) Unified School District, has devoted her career to improving pupil transportation at the local, state, and national levels.
Oliver, a transportation programs consultant for the California Department of Education, discusses the importance of a plan outlining details for identifying COVID-19 symptoms, considerations for special-needs students, and the state’s new online training.
School Bus Fleet’s recent webinar, “Guidance on Compliance: Regulations and Mitigating Risk as Schools Reopen,” is now available online.
A First Student location in New Hampshire and districts in Washington and California are among those using school buses to form “2020” in honor of seniors, who cannot take part in a traditional ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twin Rivers Unified School District in California is working with Electriphi on charging management and data collection as it plans to transition to an all-electric bus fleet.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will research the feasibility of offering free transportation to all students countywide.
The Foster Youth School Stability Transportation pilot tests three methods for transporting over 1,000 students to their school of origin: school bus routes, paying caregivers, and a public-private partnership with the child ridesharing service.
A California driver trainer details safe practices for loading and unloading. Those include executing steps consistently, practicing precise timing with lights and the door, and escorting students as they cross roadways.
Sabine Konrad, a driver instructor for Visalia Unified School District, demonstrates some key steps designed to boost safety when crossing students in the loading and unloading process used by the state.
A transportation director works with a local college on an electric school bus repair program for high school students as the need for technicians to maintain these alt-fuel buses is forecasted to grow significantly.
Pam McDonald, president of the California Association of School Transportation Officials, shares details on her efforts to help prepare operators in her state for the deadline to equip their buses with child-check reminder alarm systems.
Operators see reliable and quieter operation, fuel cost savings, and longer brake life. They recommend partnering with utility companies, installing charging infrastructure before receiving buses, and extensive driver training.