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5 School Bus Trends for the 2018-2019 School Year
These are exciting times for those in the transportation industry! There has been so much innovation in the world of vehicles, particularly when it comes to integrating computer technology into existing systems. It may take a little while for new ideas to make it into the world of school buses, due to the much greater safety and security concerns, but there are still plenty of new options for districts to take advantage of.
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS


  Diesel Buses Stretch Funds Further Than Electric Buses
School Bus Fleet
Despite the buzz and novelty around new all-electric technology, diesel school buses continue to be the nation's most trusted student transportation technology. In fact, 95% of large school buses on U.S. roads rely on a diesel powertrain because of the unique combination of safety, efficiency, reliability, and durability that school districts have come to expect and demand.


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  Congressional Bill Targets School Bus Improvements Sought by NTSB
School Transportation News
The School Bus Safety Act, H.R. 6773 that was introduced in both chambers last month would require several improvements to school buses, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already considers to be the safest vehicle on the road. The School Bus Safety Act would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue rules that require all newly manufactured and purchased school buses to not only be equipped with standard three-point seat belt but also automatic emergency braking systems, event data recorders and electronic stability control.


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  Bus Driver Shortage Around the Country is Making Some Kids Late for School
The Arizona Republic
A shortage of commercially licensed drivers is an issue impacting transportation companies delivering online packages. And one that's making kids late for school. The trucking industry projects a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers by 2022. It's not new, but it is getting worse as the economy recovers. School districts, who compete for those same type of drivers, are feeling the pinch.


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FUN NEWS


  Family Turns Lawnmower into Bus for Son Living with Special Needs
CTV Kitchener
Two parents have pulled out all the stops to make a custom school bus for their son. Dylan Craig lives with special needs, and other than his parents, his favorite things are buses. As his siblings began getting their drivers' licenses, he asked if his father could make him one.


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  Making a School Bus Home
Sun Peaks Independent News
When Megg Stuckey and Mick Taylor moved to Sun Peaks in 2017, they came with a vision for more than just a winter on the slopes. The couple was impressed and inspired by a flourishing online community showcasing how to transform school buses to tiny homes on wheels.


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  This Incredible Man Bought and Renovated a School Bus to Transport Shelter Animals from Hurricane Zones to Safety
One Green Planet
Tony Alsup, a trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, drove into South Carolina with one intention: to evacuate the dogs and cats left behind in shelters. He drove to shelters in North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Georgetown, and Orangeburg, rescuing 53 dogs and 11 cats.


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