WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation Inc. (STI), a leader in school transportation, safety and fleet services, announced today its annual Driving Our Communities fundraising effort. Powered by the STI Cares Foundation, it kicks off today and runs through the end of December. The company-wide initiative, which is in its seventh year, helps those in need and gives back to the communities that are served by STI across the U.S. and Canada.
School Transportation News has reviewed information from all 50 U.S. states to determine how much each one planned to spend on school bus replacements with its share of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funding.
Missouri districts are discussing running school bus operations amid low funding levels, even as the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asked the state legislature for increased levels of school bus funding. Their goal is to cover 75 percent of district transportation costs within five years.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Louisiana is the first state to release its Volkswagen settlement fund dollars, and Lafayette Parish Schools has become the first recipient. Given the choice between replacing aging diesel school buses with newer diesel models or with buses fueled by propane, this district chose to utilize funding from the state’s Environmental Mitigation Trust to purchase 10 new Blue Bird Vision Propane school buses.
The U.S. EPA announced that it is extending the deadline for tribal governments and beneficiaries to apply for approximately $2 million for reducing diesel emissions from commercial vehicles, including school buses.
The Paramus, New Jersey, Board of Education is planning to purchase six new school buses that will be equipped with 3-point seat belts, reports the Chronicle.
Los Angeles Unified School District is eyeing the School Bus Replacement Program offered by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to begin adding electric school buses to its fleet.