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School Transportation Nation

63 EpisodesProduced by School Transportation NewsWebsite

For nearly 30 years, you’ve known School Transportation News magazine and as the premier sources of pupil transportation news and analysis. Now, join the School Transportation Nation podcast, as STN Publisher Tony Corpin and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discuss the day’s pertinent issues … read more

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Do This The Right Way: Electrifying New York City’s School Buses

May 11th, 2021


COVID-19 vaccination rates are increasing and there is an update on distribution of the CERTS Act funds for bus contractors. Additionally, major …

Summer Hopes: In-Person Classes Resume But Bus Contractors Await Funding

May 6th, 2021


Hope for normalcy is on the horizon as over 95% of students have returned to in-person classes. The school bus contractor industry, however, still …

Careful Consideration: Why Planning Ahead is Key for Operational Optimization

April 27th, 2021


The Biden administration’s ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions have student transporters carefully studying available clean fuel school bus …

Green School Bus Buzz: LIVE From the Green Bus Summit

April 22nd, 2021


School buses are dominating discussions at the national level, as federal legislation seeks to provide billions of dollars in funding for fleet …

Staying Positive & Mindful: Tips for Busy Transportation Professionals

April 13th, 2021


A sense of normalcy is returning, with COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, schools reopening and masks not required in some districts. Recent …

Think Outside the Box: School Bus Challenges & Opportunities of COVID-19

April 6th, 2021


Over 50% of schools nationwide are open for in-person learning, and vaccine trials hold promise for adolescents. Yet the Biden administration’s …

Flip the Script: LIVE From the STN Transportation Director Summit

March 30th, 2021


Hundreds of transportation directors gathered virtually to network with one another and meet with industry suppliers, in pursuit of crowdsourced …

The Momentum Is Good: Funding Coming for School Buses as Classrooms Reopen

March 23rd, 2021


New developments spell hope for districts looking to get buses rolling back to in-person classes. School buses are mentioned in the nearly $122 …

An Accelerated Pace: New School Bus Technology Applications in a COVID-19 World

March 17th, 2021


Kevin Mest, senior vice president and general manager of passenger services at Zonar, talks the future of bus technology and shares strategies for …

The Future Is Bright: Eyeing School Reopening & Electric Bus Opportunities

March 10th, 2021


As some school districts are still eyeing a return to in-person classes, staff are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in many states. In others, mask …

Unexpected Improvements: COVID-19 Procedures Benefit Student Transportation Ops

March 3rd, 2021


Some of the largest districts in the U.S. have started down the road of electric school buses, with bus manufacturers and suppliers providing support …

Some Good News: Feds Support School Buses & Wyoming District Shares COVID-19 Tips

February 24th, 2021


While a polar vortex and rising gas prices complicate operations, the good news is that school buses are getting federal attention. Stimulus funding …

Advocate & Collaborate: Solving Transportation Problems in the Age of COVID-19

February 17th, 2021


Tony & Ryan discuss the Biden administration’s school reopening plans, masks and vaccines for students, and the latest federal stimulus funding …

New School Bus Rules: Nuances of Mask Mandates & Bus Electrification Plans

February 10th, 2021


The school bus industry is discussing the Biden administration’s mask requirement on school buses as well as its electrification plans, which prove …

Many Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines & New Year Budgets

February 2nd, 2021


COVID-19 vaccine distribution is progressing, but school districts must consider employee protections while encouraging compliance. Transportation …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #3: COVID-19 Adaptation & Lessons Learned

January 28th, 2021


At the STN EXPO Virtual conference & trade show, student transporters discussed how the industry has been creatively adjusting to COVID-19 …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #2: Bus Operation Leadership & Creativity

January 27th, 2021


New CDC guidelines call for reopening schools, underscoring STN coverage on the low transmission of COVID-19 in the education sector.

Tony, Ryan and …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #1: Industry Partnership Is Critical

January 26th, 2021


Day 1 of the conference saw conversations on leading with purpose, incorporating transportation in district budget discussions, testing new bus …

2021 Vision: New Year, New Administration, New Budgets

January 20th, 2021


The Biden administration has ambitious plans for stimulus checks and ZEVs, both of which spell good news for the school bus industry.

Zonar COO …

Pivoting in The Big Unknown: Dealing With Curveballs Thrown by COVID-19

January 13th, 2021


Some updates on the incoming Biden administration, how the new round of federal stimulus funds will be distributed, and how the school bus industry …

Facing the New Year: Personally Fulfilled & Operationally Prepared

January 6th, 2021


2021’s first episode opens with a review of the COVID-19 vaccine, school reopening plans, and the latest federal stimulus.

Ryan Avery, THE Keynote …

Making the Best: Transportation Department Brings Community Holiday Cheer

December 16th, 2020


The last episode of 2020 sees Tony & Ryan reviewing new findings about COVID-19’s airborne spread and vaccine developments, as well as another …

Lemonade From Lemons: Pandemic Doesn’t Stop School Bus Industry Innovation

December 9th, 2020


The National School Transportation Association is calling for school bus drivers to be among the first essential works to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. …

School Bus Contractor Difficulties + Opportunities for Special Needs Students

December 2nd, 2020


Many districts are re-closing schools as COVID-19 numbers rise. Corey Muirhead, president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, …

Insightful Leadership: Meet the 2020 STN Transportation Director of the Year

November 18th, 2020


The TSD Virtual conference that just wrapped up provided industry professionals with the chance to get advice and crowdsource solutions for providing …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #3: It Takes A Village For Empathetic Transportation

November 12th, 2020


TSD Virtual attendees connected over the transportation of students with disabilities and special needs, which requires extra care and empathy to …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #2: Taking Ideas Back to the Transportation Team

November 11th, 2020


The TSD Virtual conference provides attendees with ideas and solutions on transporting students with disabilities and special needs during COVID-19 …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #1: Empathy & Real-World Preparation

November 10th, 2020


Day 1 of the TSD Virtual event began with a keynote from autism and animal husbandry expert Temple Grandin, who spoke on practical ways to help students with special needs on the bus ride, as well as prepare them for …

Not Going Back: COVID-19 Spurs School Bus Industry to Innovate

November 3rd, 2020


Transfinder’s President & CEO Antonio Civitella joins Tony & Ryan to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes that may be permanent in the student transportation industry.

From office …

A Crazy Year for School Busing: COVID-19 Re-closes Schools & Wildfires Rage

October 28th, 2020


Some metropolitan districts are re-closing schools, underscoring that COVID-19 infection rates are considered differently in cities across the U.S. …

Forced Innovation: Unique Solutions for School Bus Operations Amid COVID-19

October 21st, 2020


School reopenings amid fluctuating COVID-19 infection numbers require transportation directors to use unique solutions and procedures that work for …

As Seasons Turn: Coronavirus, Special Needs Students & Cold Weather

October 14th, 2020


Get the latest on federal stimulus packages, COVID-19 infection projections, and new guidelines regarding airborne transmission of the virus from the …

All Learning Together: Transporting Students in the Age of COVID-19

October 6th, 2020


The school bus industry is coming together to share expert advice and crowdsource solutions on reopening schools for in-person classes and getting …

Bus Tech Takes Off: Using Technology for Safety & Efficiency During COVID-19

September 30th, 2020


At STN’s virtual Bus Technology Summit, student transporters made connections with technology suppliers and crowdsourced solutions for running bus …

Happy Hour #4: Recognizing Innovative School Bus Technology

September 25th, 2020


Technology is continually becoming an indispensable part of the yellow bus. Attendees at the virtual Bus Technology Summit learned about the new …

Happy Hour #3: COVID-19 Inspires Technological Innovations

September 24th, 2020


Day 3 of the Bus Tech Summit brought more exciting conversations about the future of technology and its applications in the school bus industry. Some …

Happy Hour #2: Tech Disruption & Team Communication

September 23rd, 2020


A big takeaway from Day 2 of the Bus Technology Summit was the importance of communication, especially among transportation staff during COVID-19. …

Happy Hour #1: Bus Tech Summit Kicks Off

September 22nd, 2020


Day 1 of the inaugural virtual Bus Technology Summit was a success! Hundreds of student transporters attended online sessions, participated in …

How’s It Going? Two Transportation Director Updates on Busing Amid COVID-19

September 15th, 2020


In-person classes have begun at some districts. Chad Schmale, the director of transportation for Santa Fe Trail USD 434 in Kansas, and Katrina Morris, the transportation director for West Shore Educational Service …

Informed, Educated & Prepared: Iowa District Ready to Run School Buses

September 9th, 2020


The STN team discusses the ever-changing landscape that the coronavirus presents to student transporters, including the delivery of masks by the federal government, a potential COVID-19 vaccine, and bus driver layoffs …

Buses Supporting Education: Transportation Director Outlines School Year Plan

September 2nd, 2020


Student transporters are doing their best to keep up service and provide educational access amid barriers such as COVID-19, inclement weather like the recent Hurricane Laura, and even a lack of internet access for some …

Weathering the Storms: School Bus Operations Commence Amid COVID-19

August 26th, 2020


As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, student transportation staff struggle with uncertainty on how to safely perform their roles and express …

School Bus Industry Adapts: Transportation Director Talks COVID-19 Challenges, Opportunities

August 19th, 2020


COVID-19 necessitates continual adjustments as students returning to school contract the virus and decreasing state budgets leave less funding for …

Transportation During COVID-19: Getting South Carolina School Buses Ready to Roll

August 12th, 2020


Conditions for reopening schools, leveraging technology for student safety and education, hand sanitizer on the bus––get the latest on these topics …

COVID-19 & School Bus Driver Retention: Getting Back to School & Work Requires Care

August 5th, 2020


As the discussion on whether schools should reopen to in-person instruction continues, learn about what the Republican proposal for COVID-19 federal …

Local Solutions to a National Problem: Student Transporters Focus on Health & Safety

July 29th, 2020


As federal, state and local guidance varies on reopening schools amid the coronavirus, two school districts—one in central Florida and one in …

Transporting With Care: Guidance on School Re-opening & Student Mental Health

July 22nd, 2020


As some medical experts urge a return to in-person classes this fall, the STARTS Task Force released guidance to drive student transportation …

Ready to Transport: Indiana Transportation Director Shares Approved Back-to-School Plan

July 14th, 2020


Efforts at the federal and state government levels are encouraging a return to school, but what does that mean for student transporters?

Katrina …

Are You Ready? Fall School Transportation Plans Being Finalized

July 8th, 2020


School administration and transportation departments are cooperating to finalize guidelines and processes for when schools reopen and yellow buses …

Leading in Uncertainty: Transportation Director Shares Post-Coronavirus Plan & Encouragement

June 30th, 2020


With operational costs rising due to COVID-19 precautions and with budget dollars dropping, school district transportation departments are facing …

Adapting to COVID-19: Students Wearing Masks & Physically Distancing on the Bus?

June 24th, 2020


Transportation directors must balance many concerns—including state guidelines, health expert advice, district administration decisions, and parental …

Tool of Equity: Educational Access for all Students Amid COVID-19

June 17th, 2020


As states release plans on school reopening after coronavirus closures, student transporters must ensure they can stay funded and compliant with …

Prep & Budget Smart: A Contractor Perspective on Post-Coronavirus School Startup

June 10th, 2020


The June 15 school budget deadline is approaching. States are releasing guidance on what needs to happen to safely reopen schools after coronavirus. …

Moving Forward: Transportation Directors Share 2020-2021 School Bus Plans

June 2nd, 2020


School districts are getting creative with new bus technology and bell-time schedules for the upcoming school year. Hear from a rural Wisconsin …

Inspiring Your Team: Building a Positive Team Culture Amid COVID-19

May 28th, 2020


COVID-19 has brought significant anxiety to student transporters and the families they serve. This has not reduced since the CDC released guidelines …

Back on the Road: Managing Student Transportation After COVID-19

May 19th, 2020


Kids and their parents are eager for schools to reopen. However, school busing is going to look different due to COVID-19. Transportation staff is …

When the COVID-19 Dust Settles: Maintaining Trust with Communities & Employees

May 12th, 2020


Data from School Transportation News readers shines a spotlight on the challenges student transporters face as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school …

A Place at the Table: Include Transportation in Post-COVID-19 School Reopening

May 5th, 2020


Waiting clustered around a bus stop. Boarding with a high five to the driver. Chatting with friends across an 18-inch aisle. That was the normal, …

Here’s the Plan: A New Normal for Schools and Busing, Post-Coronavirus

April 24th, 2020


Student transporters are now considering what daily operations will look like when schools reopen from mandated COVID-19 closures.

How will social …

Business as Unusual: COVID-19’s Permanent Impact on Student Transportation

April 17th, 2020


As districts begin to settle in to the new normal of providing service to students in support of their education, they must also adjust their …

Make Noise: Supporting School Transportation as it Supports Students During COVID-19

April 10th, 2020


The challenges facing the school transportation industry continue the longer schools are closed. The school bus driver pay crisis deepens, but the …

COVID-19: Delivering Hope & Handling Challenges of School Transportation Staff Pay and Wellness

April 3rd, 2020


School buses performing meal deliveries ease concerns for families as schools are closed due to COVID-19. At the same time, reduced student …

New Missions: Student Transportation Industry Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

March 23rd, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges to the school bus industry and student transporters across the nation. School Transportation News

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