• 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
prev
next
News image

Occupant and Fire Safety Top Concerns in Investigation of Fatal Motorcoach Crash

Though more details have emerged this week about the fatal truck–motorcoach crash in northern California, officials maintain that it could take months to determine the cause of the fiery collision. [Read more]

News image

STN EXPO Keynote to Discuss How School Bus Fosters Education Equity

Author, educator and sociologist Peter Cookson will keynote a July 29 morning session at the STN EXPO on why the school bus is a model for how students nationwide should be able to receive an equitable and accessible public education, no matter their race or socioeconomic status. [Read more]

News image

NASDPTS Publishes Position Supporting 3-point Seat Belts on all School Buses

NASDPTS followed up on an executive board vote in October to update its position on school bus lap-shoulder seat belts with a paper that outlines its new full support for the implementation of occupant restraint systems, as long as student ridership is not impacted. [Read more]

News image

Updated: 'Safe Routes' Webinar Covers District Liability With Crossing Guard, Walking Bus Programs

A 6-year-old walking to school in the Bronx was struck and injured by a school bus this month at an intersection normally manned by a crossing guard. School officials said the regular guard called in sick and the replacement guard showed up over an hour later, after the accident. [Read more]


STN eNews

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Get Email Updates from STN

Why Contract First Student




Web Poll

busyLoading Poll...

SchoolWheels Direct Video






ASBC Releases More About the Benefits of School Buses PDF Print E-mail
Association Corner
Written by Janna Smeltzer   

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a press release sent out today by the American School Bus Council (ASBC), the 480,000 school buses currently on the road are saving the country 2.3 billion gallons of fuel annually, which works out to more than $8 billion.

"We encourage parents to take advantage of the school bus transportation system to not only safely transport their children to school, but also to help increase the positive economic impact that school buses have on individual families and communities," said Terry Thomas, president and CEO of Community Bus Services and a member of ASBC.

The announcement is part of the organization’s efforts to encourage parents to understand the benefits to having their kids "Get on the Bus."

Other statistics included:

  • 17.3 million: Total number of private vehicles needed to transport students currently riding on all school buses
  • 822 million gallons per year: Total fuel used by school bus fleet
  • $3.4 billion per year: Total cost of fuel used by the U.S. school bus fleet
  • $131 per year: Cost of fuel per child transported by school bus
  • 3.1 billion gallons per year: Total fuel for cars replaced by buses
  • $11.4 billion per year: Cost of fuel for cars replaced by school buses
  • 62.4 billion: Total annual car mileage saved by students riding school buses
  • 346.6 million: Total daily car mileage saved by students riding school buses
  • 36: Average number of cars needed to transport students currently riding one school bus.

The group also added a new online fuel calculator on its Web site that offers districts the ability to calculate the possible economic and environmental impact of school bus service.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 12:00
 

Web Exclusives

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
prev
next
News image

With Sex-Abuse Liability Claims on the Rise, Experts Recommend Protection — and Prevention

The verdict is in: School districts can be held liable for the criminal behavior of bus drivers and aides who abuse students in their charge. In recent news reports about sexual-abuse lawsuits involving the Olympia (Wash.), North Branch (Minn.) and Newburgh (N.Y.) School Districts, the operative terms are “negligent” and “failed to prevent.”

Read more
News image

Talking Shop: Veteran Parts, Inventory Specialist Brings Women's Touch to Garage

Tens of thousands of females nationwide are school bus drivers, routers, dispatchers, trainers, supervisors and directors. But few work in the garage. For the past 30 years, Aneliese Hessekiel has helped grease the wheels of student transportation in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

Read more
News image

A Day in the Life: Three Women Discuss Their Daily Duties as School Bus Mechanics

Dawn Lair manages a fleet of eight school buses, four vans, three cars and five trucks in the Live Oak Unified School District in northern California. She is one of three women profiled in our March magazine edition.

Read more





Resources