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School Bus Replacement Grants for Greater Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) received an overwhelming response to our Volkswagen Settlement school bus replacement grant offered in 2018. We had roughly $2.1M available in funding, but received applications totaling $8.5M in requests: four times more interest than funds available. We were not able to fund all of the projects submitted, but we…

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Important Recall Info That MAY Affect Your Vehicle

Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you. The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your…

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New radar system being tested locally could help prevent school bus stop accidents

ELKHART — Artificial intelligence is being used in our area with the goal of keeping kids safe as they board their school bus. The “Predictive Stop Arm” is being tested right now at Elkhart Community Schools. The radar system monitors oncoming traffic. The “Predictive Stop Arm” is a little attachment on the exterior of a school…

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School Transportation News – The Impact of a Smile

This post is reprinted from the 2019 May issue of School Transportation News.

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2019 Holly Hoglund Klein Memorial Award Official Nomination Form

On March 3, 2015, Hoglund Bus Company owner Holly Hoglund Klein was tragically killed in a car crash. Friends and colleagues fondly remember Holly as a woman who tirelessly supported other women in the student transportation industry while successfully balancing her strong faith, a career, family, and volunteering in her community. Holly is survived by…

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The 2019 Special Education Transportation Award

The Minnesota School Bus Special Education Committee, in cooperation with the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT), is sponsoring the 17th annual awards program to identify and recognize the best transportation professionals in the categories of special education school bus drivers, and bus assistants serving Minnesota students. Below you will find the link for an…

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2018 illegal passing survey

While school buses remain incredibly safe, we all know that students who ride buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” Minnesota is assisting the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) in coordinating a national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school…

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Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Minnesota communities and schools wanting to develop safer routes for students to walk and bicycle to school can apply for planning assistance grants through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. Application deadline is March 3. “Many Minnesota communities lack basic connections, such as bike paths and sidewalks, that safely link students to their…

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MNDOT offers safe routes to school funding

Minnesota communities and schools wanting to develop safer routes for students to walk and bicycle to school can apply for planning assistance grants through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. Application deadline is March 3. “Many Minnesota communities lack basic connections, such as bike paths and sidewalks, that safely link students to their…

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