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May 25, 2010

No easy fix for old school buses
A few weeks ago in Springfield, Mo., school bus No. 15 was driven to a corner of the bus yard and parked. A cancerous rust was growing on the back flanks of the 28-year-old minibus and the floor under the driver's seat had rotted away. Among Springfield Public Schools' aging bus fleet, it had been tied for seniority. The other 28-year-old bus is still on the job. The average age of the 147-bus fleet is 11.31 years, significantly higher than the 7.28 average statewide. Limited funding and proposed budget cuts, at the local and state level, threaten to slow replacement of the oldest school buses.More

Company reaches out to school bus drivers
Hudson Hub Times
The company which will provide transportation for the school district next year has begun reaching out to the employees of the district's current transportation provider. Ohio's Board of Education in April voted to change busing providers, stating the change would save about $500,000 per year. Petermann Ltd. will replace First Student beginning Aug. 1. The three-year contract with Petermann will be for $2.5 million a year, compared to First Student's bid of $3 million per year, District Business Manager Derek Cluse said.More

Aging school bus fleet causes concerns
Midlands Connect
Every day parents depend on school buses to get their children to and from school. But an aging bus fleet across the Midlands poses serious concerns for those depending on the yellow ride. Officials say most school districts and states replace any bus older than 15 years, but in South Carolina that's not the case.More

A few great negotiation tricks you can use
OPEN Forum
Small business people negotiate all of the time. Whether it is getting an account to pay up or dickering over a new contract, negotiating is what we do. But not all entrepreneurs are comfortable with negotiating. It makes some people nervous, for others, it is too adversarial.More

Senate climate bill would send $6 billion-plus to cleaner transportation
Transportation would receive more than $6 billion of the revenue generated by selling carbon emissions permits to fuel providers under a new Senate climate bill introduced today by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.More

Student Transportation Q3 profit up on lower fuel costs
School bus transportation services provider Student Transportation Inc., reported a ten-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped mainly by lower fuel cost and new contract wins. Though the company experienced some revenue deferrals from fewer school calendar days, it expects to recover a majority of the revenue and sees a strong fourth quarter.More

Many Muskegon County school districts pursuing plans to privatize bus drivers
Muskegon News
Privatization of school bus drivers, which could cut some districts' transportation expenses in half, is being pursued by several Muskegon County school districts. Superintendents say they are actively engaged in negotiations with Michigan Education Transportation Services, which responded to a request for privatization proposals issued by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.More

U.N., U.S., and Russian officials launch global effort to end distracted driving
AASHTO Journal
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and senior representatives from the United States and Russia appeared at the United Nations headquarters in New York to launch a global effort to address the growing and deadly epidemic of distracted driving.More

Utah school bus drivers compete for safety
The Salt Lake Tribune
Michael Cavanaugh has driven a school bus for eight years, but he has never attempted an obstacle course in it - until just recently. He was among 35 bus drivers statewide who attempted the course's 12 challenges during the Utah School Bus Safety Road-E-O at Alpine School District. More

Experts fear scooter boom will result in more rider deaths
Chicago Tribune
A new economy class of motor scooters made in Asia is showing up in big numbers on roads across the U.S., offering frugal and fun transportation yet also prompting concerns that increases in crashes might be around the corner.More

Three ways to mentor millennials
How are you supposed to effectively coach young workers? It's a definite challenge for managers to juggle their own work while trying to mentor new employees. An article in the May 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review claims "in four years, millennials — the people born between 1977 and 1997 — will account for nearly half the employees in the world."More

Traffic cameras divide nation's drivers
USA Today
Along the USA's streets and highways, one issue mirrors the nation's partisan divide: using cameras to catch drivers who speed or run red lights. Some communities embrace the devices and pass laws to allow them; others protest their presence or enact laws to abolish them. Advocates of cameras say automated traffic enforcement is going to be increasingly necessary as the nation seeks further reductions in road deaths.More

The end of the line for DMVs?
Government Technology
At Departments of Motor Vehicles across the country, the days of waiting in line may be numbered. That's the goal of an innovative queue system that virtually eliminates the need for customers to physically stand in line.More

Worldwide road deaths reach record low
Roads & Bridges
For the first time ever, the number of people killed in road accidents has fallen below 150,000 in the 52 member countries of the International Transport Forum, excluding India. According to data released by the Paris-based organization, which is part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, road fatalities recorded the biggest decrease since 1990 with a drop of 8.9% in 2008 compared with 2007.More