State Rep. Robert L. Kosowski last month introduced two bills to the Michigan House with the same goal — requiring seat belts on new school buses — and both remain in the House Transportation Committee. HB 5436, or “The Pupil Transportation Act,” would mandate that all new school buses provide a seat belt for every pupil, yet does not specify if it must be a lap belt or a lap/shoulder belt.
Student Transportation Inc. (STI) announced that its subsidiary, Student Transportation of America, Inc. (STA), has won two new school transportation contracts in Pennsylvania. Both contracts with the Hempfield and East Penn school districts represent a switch from their current service provider.
Lucy Harding may be closing a chapter on her 36-year career with Valley View (Ill.) School District when she retires at the end of this school year, but the transportation director is not closing the book. She loves the school transportation industry too much. Harding has plans to restart her school transportation consulting business so she can share her wealth of experience with other student transporters.
National Express Corporation recently donated a school bus to a South Carolina community center and lauded employees in both California and Texas for their efforts to clean up the environment in one instance and create a safer environment in another.
New “green” school buses seem to make headlines fairly regularly, yet there is still a sense of excitement when a school district receives them for the first time — as transportation staff at Niagara Wheatfield Central School District found when they received four brand-new, clean-diesel buses from IC Bus this month.