IC Bus Recognizes 2016 Diamond Dealer Awards

LISLE, Ill. – IC Bus today announced the four winners of the 2016 Diamond Premier Dealer award and the 11 winners of the 2016 Diamond Dealer award. IC Bus partners with dealers throughout the United States and Canada and the award recipients have proven to be the best in their class for their efforts to improve sales and grow market share.

Blue Bird Awarded $4.4 Million to Develop Electric School Bus

WASHINGTON—In December 2016, the Department of Energy announced that they would be awarding $15 million to organizations in an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles. Blue Bird Corporation, a bus manufacturer located in Fort Valley, Georgia, was presented the largest amount at $4.4 million in order to develop a zero-emissions, 100 percent V2G electric school bus.

Transportation Taps Fed Funding for Full-Time Head Start

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded roughly $290 million to hundreds of Head Start and Early Head Start programs around the country to expand the hours of service for enrolled children and increase essential transportation services. 

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The United Against Bulling 2017 Grant Opens

BELTON, MO – Safe Fleet and its brands are proud to announce the opening of the United Against Bullying (UAB) 2017 Grant Program. The Grant Application process opens today, Monday January 9, 2017 and closes Friday March 31, 2017. Grants are available to school districts and organizations working with students in the United States and Canada. The sole purpose of the annual Grant Program and other UAB campaigns is to start conversations on kindness and bullying, to empower students to stand up to abusive behavior, and to end bullying.

The UAB program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. UAB envisions a world without bullying – full of kindness, empathy, and safety.

“Safety for children and adults is our number one focus. By awarding grants for anti-bullying and kindness initiatives, we enable more adults to reach more children,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “We believe that it is young people focused on kindness and empathy who will be the leaders in their communities and who will end bullying.”

A total of $50,000 will be awarded to the most inspiring and detailed proposals for a new anti-bullying or kindness initiative, to enhance or expand an existing program, or to purchase equipment to help address bullying and ensure the safety of students on the school bus. 

The online UAB Grant Application Form is available at unitedagainstbullying.net/grant along with the Rules and Regulations and a PDF working version. All applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible about the program they envision. A review committee will select the winning grant recipients, to be announced in April, 2017.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

NSTA Applauds EPA School Bus Rebates

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National School Transportation Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) continued dedication to the improvement of cleaner school bus fleets through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebate Program.

The EPA awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses across the country. The funding will be used to reduce vehicle emissions through either bus replacement or retrofitting to take advantage of tremendous advancements in emission control technology which can reduce by over 90 percent emissions of priority pollutants from older vehicles. Funding was made available on an equal basis for all public and private school transportation providers serving the nation's public school systems. NSTA has been a strong advocate for the program and the funding it provides and encourages its member companies and all others in the industry to take advantage of the generous funding provided.

"We appreciate this funding aimed toward creating a cleaner environment through the use of available technologies as well as investing in the latest bus technology. We congratulate all recipients," said Ronna Weber, Executive Director of NSTA.

Kansas Student Named Latest Winner of First Student Artwork Contest

OLATHE, Kan. — An elementary school student in Olathe, Kansas, is the latest winner of an artwork contest sponsored by First Student, the industry’s leading provider of student transportation solutions. The contest celebrates the experience of riding the school bus through artwork created by students in school districts across North America. 

Student Transportation Inc. Celebrates Safety Wall of Fame Inductees

WALL, N.J. —Student Transportation Inc. ("STI") (TSX:STB) (NASDAQ:STB), the largest independent provider of school transportation and management services in North America, honored some of their ‘best of the best' employees, who have displayed an outstanding commitment to safety in addition to exhibiting leadership in their communities, by inducting them into the annual STI Safety "Wall of Fame". This is the fourth annual Wall of Fame celebration for STI, which leads the school transportation industry with the highest DOT safety rating for the top ranking school bus contractors.