News & Updates

School Bus Barriers

The following message is from Lieutenant Brian Reu, Minnesota State Patrol. There have been quite a few questions surfacing regarding the installation of barriers around the drivers area. Attached is a picture of a curtain idea that will not fly. There are several concerns with the curtain idea with the vision obstruction being one of the most…

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Virtual Train The Trainer

Good afternoon everyone,  This year’s Train the Trainer (TTT) event will be held virtually in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and our dedication to ensuring the safety of our members.  The TTT in person Conference that was scheduled to take place at the Marriott Northwest has been canceled for 2020.  If you registered…

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Message to members regarding COVID-19

This is a very challenging time, both as an industry and as individuals, as we respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Take care of yourself, take care of your family, and please follow all of the recommendations set forth by the experts regarding ways you can stay healthy.  After Governor Walz announced on Sunday that…

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December 18th School Bus Safety Committee and Special Education Meeting

Join us December 18th, 2019 at Park Adams Transportation in St. Louis Park for our School Bus Safety Committee and Special Education meeting. We will be discussing updates in legislation, MSBOA and MAPT. Please invite people from your district administration, city staff and schools.

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MN School Bus Safety Expo

Join us for the winter Safety Expo this January! Topics range from current issues (health care, vaping, special needs) to the future of industry (electric buses, propane, technology, collision detection). Speakers include FMCSA, Office of Pupil Transportation Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services, and Keynote Speaker Simon Anderson Futurist. Register online today at www.msboa.com

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Save The Date! MN School Bus Safety Committee and Special Education Committee

We are going to start off the year with an Exciting Safety meeting. We are going to have the school bus with the Predictive Stop Arm installed do a demonstration. Please invite people from your district administration, city staff  and schools to see this! We will be discussing how continue this so important safety concern for our children. 

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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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