November 29, 2011 |
Do you ride a bus to get to school? What would you (and your folks) do if the school buses stopped? That's an issue that kids, parents and principals are thinking about in Washington state, where the governor has put "eliminating school bus service" on a list of possible ways to save money. Washington Governor Chris Greg-oire doesn't like the idea, but here's the problem: Right now her state is spending $2 billion more than it has each year. Eliminating buses to take kids to school would save $220 million.
August 25, 2011 |
As almost a half-million school buses this week began the annual ritual that will take them an estimated 4.2 billion miles by the time school lets out next spring, federal authorities have concluded that equipping them with seat belts is an unnecessary expense. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rejected a petition by safety advocates who sought a federal mandate to require school bus seat belts. "We care deeply about schoolchildren and feel that the steps...
September 29, 2011 |
Seventh-grader Asiah Jett's school bus at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie is so packed that the driver transports students in waves. On some days, Asiah gets home at 3:40 p.m. On others, 4:10. Trouble is, his mother never knows which days are which. "It's been a little stressful," said Asiah's mother, Jasmine Jett. "Things are getting better, but the bus this year has definitely been frustrating. " A pileup of struggles has led to erratic bus service for some ...
February 28, 2008
Nearly two dozen D.C. school buses will be getting equipment upgrades to reduce air pollution. A $224,540 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will fund a retrofit of 22 buses used to transport 4,000 special needs students. The four-year-old buses, the largest vehicles in the fleet, are scheduled to be fitted with filters to reduce the amount of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere. The use of Catalyzed Continuously Regenerating...
February 27, 2013 |
A man armed with a pellet gun shot out some windows of two school buses in Southeast Washington late Tuesday afternoon, according to D.C. police. Authorities said some students were on at least one of the buses, but no injuries were reported. Police said they arrested a suspect, 21-year-old James Doby of Southeast, and charged him with multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Doby could have a hearing in D.C. Superior Court later Wednesday. The shooting occurred about 5:20 p.m....
November 29, 2011 |
School buses are poised to become the latest front in the widening use of traffic enforcement cameras in Montgomery County, as officials look to crack down on motorists who fail to yield to students being picked up or dropped off. County Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow police to use external cameras on many of the 1,264 county school buses to ticket offending drivers. A majority of council members...