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RENEWABLE DIESEL OR PROPANE: A NEW CHOICE FOR THE YELLOW FLEET

Written by Michael Terreri

Conventional diesel is rolling back on its heels. Proponents say that there are two types of fleets today—those that are planning a switch from diesel or those that have already made the move.

That is a small exaggeration, but concerns surrounding cost, emissions and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) maintenance are forcing fleets to look in all directions for solutions: Renewable diesel, propane, natural gas, electric drivetrains and even gasoline. Though propane has enjoyed a certain advantage over the other alternatives because of a unique combination of maintenance, emissions and cost saving benefits, its dominance was challenged with the arrival of renewable diesel.

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NYAPT SUPPORTS GOV. CUOMO ON SCHOOL BUS SAFETY MEASURES

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation voiced support for several school transportation-focused proposals made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech.

The governor on Wednesday proposed increasing fines for motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights and stop arm activated. “Our own surveys of school bus drivers suggest that the incidence of illegal passing has risen in recent years and increasing fines is one way to attain greater compliance,” NYAPT said in a statement.

The association said it supports Senate Bill 518, which would “authorize the installation and use of photo monitoring devices on school buses to detect and record vehicles illegally passing or overtaking a school bus.”

Gov. Cuomo recommended that the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund is an opportunity to invest in school buses. NYAPT agreed, stating that it is ready to “assist in the smooth execution of the VW investment plans and to allow flexibility for districts and operators to employ clean technologies that meet their needs.”

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NEW YORK SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INDUSTRY-WIDE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH AWARD TO OUTSTANDING MEMBER COMPANY EMPLOYEES

The New York School Bus Contractors Association recognized state Sen. Jeff Klein as legislator of the year for advocating for bills that would increase penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses and exempt private school bus companies from paying sales tax on school bus and equipment purchases.

NYSBCA honored Klein on Oct. 14 during the association’s 63rd Annual Convention with a Distinguished Service Award for “unmatched commitment to the Association’s mission to provide the safest, most reliable and cost-effective student transportation possible.”

Bree Allen, NYSBCA’s president, called Klein “a true champion” of school bus safety and a “key ally” in the New York State Legislature.

Klein, a Democrat, represents New York’s 34th senate district in the Bronx and Westchester County. He currently serves as Senate Coalition co-leader and leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, which he founded in 2011.

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NY SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTORS RECOGNIZE STATE SENATOR

The New York School Bus Contractors Association recognized state Sen. Jeff Klein as legislator of the year for advocating for bills that would increase penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses and exempt private school bus companies from paying sales tax on school bus and equipment purchases.

NYSBCA honored Klein on Oct. 14 during the association’s 63rd Annual Convention with a Distinguished Service Award for “unmatched commitment to the Association’s mission to provide the safest, most reliable and cost-effective student transportation possible.”

Bree Allen, NYSBCA’s president, called Klein “a true champion” of school bus safety and a “key ally” in the New York State Legislature.

Klein, a Democrat, represents New York’s 34th senate district in the Bronx and Westchester County. He currently serves as Senate Coalition co-leader and leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, which he founded in 2011.

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State & Union: New book features pictures of the development of Blue Bird Square

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When a bus company decided to build its corporate headquarters in Olean, photographer Les Howard turned the construction into a creation.

Twenty-nine years later he has produced a book, “Transitional Photographs of One Blue Bird Square, Olean, New York.”

The former Blue Bird Bus Company built its corporate office in Olean and Mr. Howard documented the event from a bare lot to a grand opening. Out of 2,590 photographs, 792 slides were converted to digital images to use for his book, published by Trafford Publishing and available through online book sources.

Howard says he was fascinated with the idea of telling a story with numbered photographs and captions. The complete story of Blue Bird Square, built by the late Louis Magnano, is shown from ground-breaking, excavating to building of forms to pouring concrete through a series of detailed images.

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Cobb renews school bus camera contract that mails tickets to drivers

Ben Brasch- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Drivers of Cobb County need to think twice — again.

Commissioners renewed a contract Thursday night for the video system that tickets drivers who improperly pass a school bus. The contract lapsed on Nov. 8 after legal concerns.

The one-year extension immediately takes effect, allowing Cobb cops to review video of suspected violators and approve citations.

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NY School Bus Drivers Can Respond to Allergy Attacks

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law in New York state allows school bus drivers to administer EpiPens and similar devices in an emergency.

The state Senate says the law taking effect Tuesday will help protect the lives of children with severe food or other allergies.

The measure was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year. It includes bus drivers among the types of school district workers allowed to administer epinephrine auto-injectors.

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Connecticut Schools Moving Toward Propane-powered Buses

Gregory B. Hladky

Propane-powered school buses start up more easily and warm up faster in frigid weather than old diesel models. Their engines run cleaner, cost less to maintain, are quieter and don’t emit as much tailpipe pollution as traditional school buses.

But few Connecticut school districts are making the switch from diesel to propane. Diesel buses get slightly better mileage, according to experts, but propane costs less and there is even a federal subsidy available to help schools cover propane fuel expenses. Municipalities and school districts from Los Angeles to New York City and Boston have propane school vehicles in their fleets. Read More