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Newport News Schools Adds 24 Blue Bird Propane Buses

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In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and ensure energy efficiency, Newport News Public Schools in Virginia has purchased and is operating 24 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 30,000 pounds and particulate matter by over 760 pounds each year compared with the diesel buses being replaced.

“Propane autogas is the best choice for Newport News Public Schools because it’s economical, safe, environmentally friendly and offers many bus maintenance advantages,” says Shay Coates, director of transportation for Newport News Public Schools. “After two years of attending trade shows, meeting with bus manufacturers, and talking with colleagues in school districts that operate alternative fuel buses, we knew this was the direction we wanted to pursue. The benefits of propane, in comparison to diesel, made it an easy choice for the school district.” Read More

NYSBCA SCHOOL BUS SAFETY COMPETITION

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NEW YORK – The New York School Bus Contractors Association announced today that they are hosting their 46th Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The NYSBCA’s annual School Bus Safety Competition is the largest and only statewide competition of its kind in New York State.   More than 100 drivers from school districts and private school bus contractors will compete to be the best in their respective categories, including large (type C and D) buses to smaller (type A) vans.

The day begins with a comprehensive written exam on school bus safety at 8:15 AM and goes throughout the afternoon.  Driver’s test their skills with a variety of hands-on activities including, but not limited to: vehicle inspections, loading and unloading students, operating a school bus through various driving courses, managing railroad crossings, and more.

The winners of the competition hosted by the New York School Bus Contractors Association will be eligible to compete in the National School Transportation Association’s (NSTA) International School Bus Safety Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 15th & 16th. Read More

28th Annual Summer Safety & Training Seminar

New York Head Mechanics Association

28th Annual Summer Safety & Training Seminar

Date of the event is July 13th, 2017

AT THE ONCENTER 800 SOUTH STATE ST SYRACUSE, NEW YORK.13202

FREE PARKING

The New York Head Mechanics Association would like to announce the 28th annual presentation of the NYHMA Summer Safety and Training Seminar. The participation of school districts and the businesses that support this seminar is very important to the purpose of our mission. Commitment to Safe Pupil Transportation. Please show your support for this association by attending this yearly program that is important and informative to all mechanics, parts department managers and transportation supervisors of every school district.

“EVERONE MUST:” Please fill out and send in the pre-registration form with the requested information. Send it in by US Mail, Fax 315-849-1659 or Email it to. centralchapterhma@live.com

There is a $20.00 non-refundable pre-registration fee for each attendee received.
There will be several training classes, morning brunch and lunch buffet at the closing ceremony.
All included.
Registration starts at 7am, coffee available, Vendor area opens. First Class’s starting at 8am, brunch starting after first class lets out and around 12:30pm lunch buffet and closing ceremony, after the last class.

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Central Chapter’s 1st Ever Summer Party

CENTRAL CHAPTER 1st ever SUMMER PARTY YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US

Download Form HERE

Mini Clam Bake!

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017 FROM 3PM-6PM SPINNING WHEEL RESTAURANT 7384 THOMPSON RD, NORTH SYRACUSE, NY, 13212. ANYONE THAT IS or WAS A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL CHAPTE IS INVITED WITH THEIR SPOUSE OR PARTNER. ALL VENDORS, SCHOOL DISTRICTS MECHANICS AND TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISORS. THAT INCLUDES MEMBERS THAT ARE RETIRED.

You must respond to this email address and register who is going to attend. We are planning 300 people. This is FREE to all!

I ask that once you sign up, that if you cannot make it. Let me know at least a week before the date. The Central Chapter will have to pay for everyone pre-registered. At a cost of $ 30.00 per person. See attached.

MINI CLAMBAKE MENU

  • Steamed Mahogany Clams Fried Clams
  • New England clam chowder
  • Golden Roasted Chicken
  • Gianelli Italian Sausage
  • Fried Peppers and Onions
  • Tossed Garden Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Salt Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Relish Tray
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
  • Beverages included
  • Draught Beer, Assorted Soda, Regular and Decaf Coffee and hot tea.

There is horse shoes and other activates there.
This is a 3 HOUR BANQUET with a 2 HOUR BUFFET.
We are planning some type of music. Band or DJ.

Pending weather there will be Helicopter rides available at a cost.

Please respond back to centralchapterhma@live.com or call/text 315-516-4088 IF YOU TEXT ME? MAKE SURE I REPLY TO CONFIRM
FAX TO ME 315-849-1659
Please send me first and last name of who is coming.

VENDOR OR SCHOOL YOU’RE WITH.

Your NAME has to be on the registration list to get in the Spinning Wheel.

DATE LINE TO SIGN UP IS APRIL 28,2017

OR DOWNLOAD FORM HERE AND SEND FORM BACK TO ME,
BY MAIL P.O. BOX 521 DEWITT,NY 13214

OR FAX IT 315-849-1659
DEAD LINE !!!! BY APRIL 28,2017
YES I WILL BE ATTENDING THE SUMMER PARTY.
NAME OF SCHOOL OR VENDOR _________________________________ LIST PERSONS NAMES BELOW. FIRST AND LAST NAME.

 

RATSA Honors Employees of the Year!

 

The Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association (RATSA) is an organization of transportation professionals, dedicated to providing safe and efficient services to all school children in Monroe and adjoining counties. RATSA celebrated their 17th year honoring transportation Employees of the Year. The Professional Pupil Transportation Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony Brunch was held at the Diplomat Banquet Center on Monday, March 8th, 2017.  New York Bus Sales was a proud sponsor of this event and would like to congratulate all of the 2017 Employees of the Year that were honored.

For a complete list of the 2017 Employees of the Year, please click HERE

No tickets issued during Operation Safe Stop

By THE LCN STAFF

Neither the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office nor the Geneseo Police Department issued any citizens to drivers passing stopped school buses during an “Operation Safe Stop” detail on April 27.

The effort was designed to help ensure the safety of school-aged children while they were being picked up, dropped off and riding as passengers to and from school, said Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.

In New York, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights on top of the bus are flashing. The flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. Motorists must stop whether they are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear. The requirement to stop also applies on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.

The penalty for illegally passing a school bus is a fine of $250 to $400, five points on the driver’s license and possibly 30 days in jail. Read More

BLUE BIRD AMONG ALL-ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES TEASED AT ACT EXPO

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LONG BEACH – TransPower’s chief executive officer shared details at the Advanced Clean Transportation EXPO of its partnership with Blue Bird to bring a new all-electric, zero-emissions school bus to market, one of several already on the road or soon to be made available.

Michael Simon, president and CEO of TransPower USA, made the comments during a roundtable discussion on Thursday at the Long Beach Convention Center as ACT EXPO wrapped up for the year. School Transportation News is a media sponsor of the annual event.

Earlier this year, TransPower and Blue Bird announced their alliance following the school bus manufacturer winning a $4.4 million vehicle-to-grid grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the technology. Simon explained at the ACT EXPO that 16 electric school buses will be initially built at Blue Bird’s Fort Valley, Georgia plant. Simon added that the buses will be assembled entirely by Blue Bird, with TransPower shipping all components to the facility.

The two companies have also been partnering on a complete refurbish of model-year 1996 Blue Bird buses on International chassis that upgrade the vehicles to full electric powertrains. Two of the buses have been in route use for the past year at Torrance Unified School District in Southern California. Simon told STN that two electric buses are also headed to both Napa Valley Unified School District north of San Francisco and Edison Unified School District near Fresno, California.

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Spencerport CSD to host Operation Safe Stop

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Spencerport Central School District will host Operation Safe Stop at 10 a.m. April 27 behind Cosgrove Middle School, 2707 Spencerport Road, Spencerport. The event, held in partnership with New York Association for Pupil Transportation and Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association, is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of motorists passing a stopped school bus. Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is April 27.  Read More