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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy, education, and legislative consultation services to the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
February 5, 2020 - Issue 3

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Inside this Edition:
  1. Ontario Reviews Student Transportation to Improve School Bus Service for Students and Families
  2. OSBA and ISBOA Participate in Student Transportation Funding Review Video
  3. OSBA Meets with Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) Kinga Surma
  4. Zero Emission School Buses: A Federal Election Promise
  5. Mark Your Calendar - 2020 OASBO Pupil Transportation Conference
  6. School Bus Driver Retention Program (DRP) Update
  7. District Adds Extended Stop Arms to School Buses After Student Struck by Car
  8. REMINDER - OSBA Member Webinar - February 12, 2020
  9. Digital Reading Program Extends Classrooms to School Buses in South Texas
  10. BusPatrol Pilot Results Announced for Allentown School Bus Passing Project
  11. 2020 OSBA Membership Renewals
  12. American School Bus Council Kicks Off "Love the Bus" Campaign in Florida
  13. OTE 2020 Registration Now Open!
  14. Fleet Maintenance Software Provider Launches New App Directory
  15. David Suzuki: More Federal Transit Money, E-Buses Could Be Climate Lifesavers
  16. Dynamic Specialty Vehicles Named Blue Bird Bus Dealership of Alberta
  17. Order Your OSBA Publications Now!
  18. Upcoming Events
Ontario Reviews Student Transportation to Improve School Bus Service for Students and Families
 
Full Article: Ontario Newsroom
Article Date: January 27, 2020 

Sam Oosterhoff, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, announced that the Government of Ontario is moving forward with a review of the student transportation funding formula to achieve a more efficient and accountable student transportation system and improve the transportation experience for students across the province. 

First announced in March 2019, the review responds to calls from student transportation partners to improve the funding formula, which could be more responsive to the changing needs and costs encountered by school boards. The review is also a follow-up to the Auditor General's 2015 value-for-money audit that recommended the government revisit the funding formula.

"Parents and taxpayers deserve the most reliable and effective bus service possible, where every tax dollar we invest is maximized to benefit Ontario's students," said Parliamentary Assistant Oosterhoff. "With student transportation costs projected to be over $1 billion this school year, it's critically important that we ensure value for money so we are better serving students in rural and urban communities."  

In order to allow student transportation sector partners to share their expertise, experience and ideas for the review, the ministry is establishing a Student Transportation Advisory Group that will meet with the Parliamentary Assistant and ministry staff over the coming months. Stakeholders and ministry officials will discuss the funding formula, as well as other topics, including consortia models and operations, and student transportation procurement. The government is approaching the review with three goals to guide decision-making:
  • Equity;
  • Fiscal responsibility and accountability; and
  • Evidence-based decision making.
"Every day, more than 830,000 students are transported back and forth from school safely, and on time, thanks to the terrific work of school bus drivers and the hard-working staff who support them," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "By launching this funding review with our sector partners, we are taking action to achieve a more efficient and accountable student transportation system that continues to deliver the high-quality service that students and parents can depend on."
OSBA and ISBOA Participate in Student Transportation Funding Review Video


 
As announced in the above video (click the picture), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff (centre), ISBOA President Rob Murphy (left) and OSBA President Chris Harwood (right) highlighted the significance of a student transportation funding formula review taking place with both government and industry stakeholders at the table. As noted in the Ministry of Education news release (see above article) the Student Transportation Advisory Group (STAG) will meet with Parliamentary Assistant and ministry staff over the coming months. Stakeholders and ministry officials will discuss the funding formula and various other topics, including consortia models and operations, and student transportation procurement. OSBA looks forward to participating in upcoming meetings of the Advisory Group.
OSBA Meets with Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) Kinga Surma

On January 20, 2020 OSBA President Chris Harwood, OSBA Association Director Michele O’Bright and OSBA Safety and Legislation Consultant Alex Bugeya had a productive meeting with Associate Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma and her staff. The meeting included discussions on a variety of important industry matters including funding sustainability; the Driver Certification Program (DCP); 8-lamp amber-red school bus warning system; school bus camera video evidence and seat belts on school buses. OSBA highlighted the importance of developing a funding formula that is flexible, transparent, accountable, aligns with market realities (specifically driver recruitment and retention) and ensures efficiencies through standardized requirements.

OSBA also reinforced member commitment to ensuring safe, well-trained and qualified drivers through DCP and the significance of this program to members. Furthermore, OSBA emphasized that the adoption of the 8-lamp amber-red school bus advance signaling system remains a high school bus safety priority and that we welcome collaboration with government to explore options in support of school bus retrofits. OSBA also thanked Minister Surma for her Ministry’s announcement on April 25, 2019 regarding the development of regulations to ensure the effective implementation and use of school bus stop arm cameras. Minister Surma confirmed that the development of these regulations are well underway.

Once again, OSBA highlighted our desire to proactively work with the Ministry of Transportation in a pre-emptive manner to address various impacts that could affect industry and government should a seat belt mandate be issued, particularly in relation to the current requirements within the Highway Traffic Act which assigns responsibility for seat belt securement (for passengers under the age of 16) to the driver of the vehicle. Minister Surma assured OSBA that they would reach out to the association for assistance and guidance as these matters progress.
Zero Emission School Buses: A Federal Election Promise

As announced in the Liberal government’s election platform and subsequently in Prime Minister Trudeau’s mandate letter to Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, the Federal government will “Work with provinces and territories to introduce new funding to help school boards and municipalities purchase 5,000 zero-emission school and transit buses over the next five years.” Recently, OSBA was invited to participate in a meeting with Infrastructure Canada to provide information regarding school bus operations and fleets in Ontario and considerations regarding the procurement, operation, maintenance, and supporting infrastructure for zero-emissions school buses. OSBA was very pleased to participate in this meeting and assist Infrastructure Canada with industry information and contacts across Canada. More information to follow as this issue progresses. For comments/questions, please contact Association Director Michele O’Bright at mobright@osba.on.ca
Mark Your Calendar - 2020 OASBO Pupil Transportation Conference

OSBA recently received information that the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Annual Pupil Transportation conference will indeed take place in 2020 – October 14 and 15. The specific location is yet to be confirmed but anticipated to be in Collingwood again this year. If members have any conference workshop topics they would like to see on the agenda, please forward to OSBA Association Director Michele O’Bright at mobright@osba.on.ca Thank you!
School Bus Driver Retention Program (DRP) Update

As previously announced, the Ministry of Education has confirmed extension of the DRP for Periods #4 (September to December 2019) and Period #5 (January to June 2020).  Unfortunately, the DRP extension continues to be delayed due to various administration and other processes in finalizing Periods #4 and #5.  It is hoped that the Claims Submission Forms (completed by school bus operators) will be distributed very soon.  A submission deadline date will be communicated at that time.  School bus operators are reminded to advise their drivers that in light of the Claims Submission Form deadline extension, the Period #4 bonus payments to school bus drivers will be distributed later than the usual timeline of three months after the close of the Period.  It is necessary for operators to notify their drivers of this information so that a cheque is not expected at the end of March 2020 for Period #4.  For further information, please contact the DRP Call Centre as follows:
School Bus Operators:
schoolbusoperator@deloitte.ca; Toll-free - 1-833-715-7360
School Bus Drivers:
schoolbusdriver@deloitte.ca; Toll-free– 1-833-346-6177
District Adds Extended Stop Arms to School Buses After Student Struck by Car

Full Article: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: January 28, 2020
 

A school district in Bigfork (MT) has equipped its school buses with extended stop arms after a student in a nearby district was struck and severely injured by a car while she was exiting her bus. On Nov. 12, 2019 at approximately 4:44 p.m., as students got off their school bus at a designated stop on Highway 93 just west of Whitefish (MT) Jordana Hubble, 6, was hit by a vehicle. The motorist failed to stop for the bus, which had its stop arm extended and red warning lights activated, Olney-Bissell School District #58, where Hubble is a student, stated in a news release posted on its Facebook page.

The motorist was driving 25 mph, Montana Highway Patrol Captain Chad Dever told KPAX. Charges were pending at the time of the crash and the motorist was not arrested. Hubble was hospitalized and received treatment for a traumatic brain injury she sustained during the crash, according to a post on the Olney Fire & Ambulance Facebook page on Nov. 14. (The fire department also raised funds from the community to help Hubble and her family.) She continues to recover and was recently admitted to a coma emergence program in Houston, Texas, ABC Fox Montana reports.

Meanwhile, Bigfork School District 38, which is located about 70 miles southeast of Olney-Bissell School District #58, was prompted by the crash to add extended stop arms to its school buses. “The incident in Olney did bring the issue to focus for us to make a decision, and we didn't hesitate to move forward,” Rob Tracy, the transportation director for Bigfork School District 38, told School Bus Fleet.

Over the district’s Christmas break, the transportation department installed 10 extended stop arms — one on each of its eight route buses and on each of its two spare buses — from Bus Safety Solutions. However, the transportation department was working to combat stop-arm running before the crash that injured Hubble, Tracy said. The installation of the extended stop arms is the result of a pilot program that the department began in September 2018. After experiencing several illegal passing incidents on one route, Tracy installed the extended stop arm on the bus driving that route. Since then, the bus driver on that route has only experienced one stop-arm running incident, Tracy told Bigfork Eagle.

Tracy also said that the district had initially mounted cameras on its school buses to capture images of motorists violating stop arms, according to the newspaper. The video footage enabled them to identify the make and model of the vehicle involved in the violation, but the cameras were unable to clearly capture the license plate, he said. Then, bus monitor Kathy Standley conducted research, Tracy told the newspaper, and came across the extended stop arm that the transportation department ended up using.
REMINDER - OSBA Member Webinar - February 12, 2020

An excellent opportunity for OSBA members to receive essential operational, legislative and safety information not frequently published or easily resourced.

SPEAKERS: Alex Bugeya and Robert Monster, Safety/Legislation Team and Resource to Ontario School Bus Association members. 

WEBINAR CONTENT: 
  1. On-going changes to Ontario’s Vehicle Emissions Program including the shift of responsibility to the Ministry of Transportation
  2. Driver Licence Downgrades – What Testing is Required?
  3. Review of OSBA’s Safety and School Bus Seating Capacity Fact Sheet
  4. Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) – What you will miss if you don’t attend this year!
For further information, please contact OSBA's Safety and Legislation Team at abugeya@osba.on.ca or 416.695.9965 Ext. 4.
Digital Reading Program Extends Classrooms to School Buses in South Texas
 
Full Article: School Transportation News
Article Date: January 27, 2020 

A new reading program at Weslaco ISD, located near the Texas border with Mexico, uses technology on board school buses, so student riders can continue learning during their daily commutes. The new initiative is called “Anytime, Anywhere, Reading” and began last fall. Weslaco East High School librarian Renee Dyer said she initially approached the district’s administration to determine the feasibility of introducing digital books on the school buses. She added that some bus rides are over an hour each way.

Welasco ISD, located just east of McAllen, Texas, transports elementary through high school students. “It’s particularly appealing to our younger elementary school students because they compete for a lot of different incentives, based on how much they read and how often they read,” Dyer explained. “[It is] less appealing to the teenagers. As they get older, it doesn’t have quite the same lure.”

The titles, which are hosted by educational publisher ABDO, are printed and laminated on every school bus in the district. Students scan the QR code that is associated with the book they want to read. “There are about 80 books on each bus,” Dyer explained. “They can just point their phone up to the book … You swipe your screen just like you would do a regular book … and then the book stays on their device.” Dyer said one benefit of using these digital books is that multiple children on the bus can scan and read the same book at the same time. Another benefit, as opposed to offering a bucket of books like at other districts, is the students can take the books with them when they leave. “They can take it home, their siblings can read it, their parents can read it, or they can come back to it later in the night and continue reading,” Dyer shared.

The books also came at minimal cost to the district. Dyer worked with the Texas Education Agency’s Region One Education Service Center, so the library services coordinator could purchase the book licenses for districts in Webb County to the northwest, all the way to Cameron County and the Gulf Coast.

Currently, Weslaco is the only district in the region to take advantage of the program. The only cost the district shouldered was printing and laminating the book titles and QR codes, which the curriculum instruction department helped pay for.

Dyer and the transportation staff members dedicated several afternoons to not only posting the digital book laminates in every school bus but also identifying the right adhesive. She said they were seeking the least-offensive smell possible as well as a product that survives hot south Texas afternoons. “We ended up just using book tape,” Dyer said. “It’s held up, knock on wood, really great.”

While a Wi-Fi or cellular connection is necessary to download the titles, students do not need the internet or data plans to store and read the books. Dyer explained that while the buses themselves aren’t necessarily Wi-Fi enabled, the district received a grant for 1,400 hotspots to erect around the district. “So, the buses themselves aren’t Wi-Fi enabled, but the students are Wi-Fi enabled,” Dyer added. The books range from educational text to biographies, mysteries to adventures. However, no bestselling fiction books are available because of copyright pricing.

School bus drivers and monitors on the buses report that students are more engaged in their reading, Dyer added. Transportation staff has even noticed that some students are sitting in certain seats, so they scan a particular book title. Staff members have also had to remind some students when they’ve arrived at their stop. “The kids have been so deep in their reading at times that they have lost [track] of where they are,” Dyer noted.

The digital books are also now available at student pick-up locations around the district, as well as at various businesses around town. “We want anytime, anywhere access for kids, and it doesn’t even necessarily have to be our kids,” Dyer said. “We want opportunities for reading.”
BusPatrol Pilot Results Announced for Allentown School Bus Passing Project

Full Article: School Transportation News
Article Date: February 3, 2020
 

BusPatrol’s ongoing mission to secure and modernize school buses across America continues, as Allentown School District in Allentown (PA) is completing its 47 school-day pilot project to collect data on the ongoing problem of stop-arm violations in Pennsylvania. The results of the pilot identified 205 total violations in 21 unique locations across Allentown over 47 school days. The two participating buses captured an average of 2.18 violations per bus per day.

“Every single child has the right to be safe, and it’s our responsibility as a community to provide that safety,” says Jean Souliere, CEO of BusPatrol. “This starts with protecting them on their journey to and from school. BusPatrol and Zonar Systems have created the safest, most technologically advanced school bus safety platform on the planet by integrating all aspects of route management, fleet management and stop-arm enforcement, all at no cost to school districts.”

For 10 weeks, two school buses in the Allentown fleet were outfitted with the stop-arm cameras, GPS and telemetry, and connected to an encrypted LTE wireless network that sends and receives video and data. BusPatrol processed video evidence and data on stop-arm violations in Allentown. A team of processors and data scientists evaluated the problem to prepare recommendations to the Allentown School District administrators.

Last December, a driver was sentenced for killing three children in a stop-arm violation in Fulton, Indiana. It followed a string of incidents in 2018-2019 where 14 children under the age of 10 were killed across America. The three siblings were struck when the school bus lights were flashing and the school bus stop-arm was extended. The tragedy highlighted the need for a profound change in driving culture.

“Motorists need to learn to pay attention to school buses, and proceed with care and caution in their presence,” explains Souliere. “Only when people are consistently held accountable for their careless behavior, in every neighborhood, will the culture change. Equipping every school bus with world-class safety technology is the first step.”

Once a program is implemented, ticket processing and program management will be handled by BusPatrol, all at no cost to Allentown. This is made possible through BusPatrol’s enforcement program that reinvests fines paid by violators to cover equipment and management costs. Similar programs are currently changing driving behavior in school districts across Maryland, Virginia and Georgia, while new programs are being launched in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ontario and Quebec.

BusPatrol will be actively working with officials from Allentown School District and local law enforcement to determine route planning, redistricting, fleet maintenance, real-time analysis, and financial analytics, to offer the safest and most cost-efficient method to transport students, based on this pilot. With a data-driven approach, BusPatrol is working with the Allentown community and police to offer a program that proactively mitigates ongoing safety risks that children face every day on busy Pennsylvania roads. www.buspatrol.com
2020 OSBA Membership Renewals
 
The 2020 OSBA membership renewals have been distributed individually to each member. Sincere thanks to all members who supported and participated in OSBA in 2019 and in previous years. Membership fees enable the Association to continue providing professional and valuable products and services to all members.  If you haven't completed your 2020 online renewal information as yet, it would be much appreciated if you could do so by February 28, 2020. Thank you very much.
 
Questions/details, please contact Katie Heyworth at info@osba.on.ca
American School Bus Council Kicks Off "Love the Bus" Campaign in Florida

Full Article: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: February 4, 2020
 

The American School Bus Council (ASBC) launched its annual “Love the Bus” campaign in Apopka (FL) with two Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) events on February 4th. In the morning, ASBC held a student assembly at Rock Springs Elementary School. The assembly was followed by a recognition of all OCPS transportation employees at the district’s new transportation facility.

The program began with remarks by district officials and the ASBC council. Then, A.L. Reeves, Director of Mentoring at Harford County (MD) Public Schools, spoke to students, drivers, and guests about the importance of the school bus helping students achieve success. ASBC also recognized the district’s school bus drivers and presented them with a certificate and small gift. A total of 250 students, bus drivers, faculty members, and administrators attended the event, according to the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).

The day’s celebrations continued at OCPS’s new Pine Hills bus facility with a short program that recognized OCPS’s transportation employees. Representatives from the three major school bus manufacturers — Thomas Built Buses, Blue Bird, and IC Bus — were on hand and brought buses that feature some of the latest school bus technology. Also in attendance, according to the NSTA, were 100 drivers, administrators, and transportation staff, as well as officials from the NSTA, National Association for Pupil Transportation, and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.

Launched in 2007, "Love the Bus" is a month-long celebration held every February. The event celebrates the important role of the yellow school bus in education, with a focus on thanking school bus drivers for safely transporting more than 25 million children to and from school every day. "Love the Bus" events are held at schools, school bus facilities, and other locations across the country.

ASBC encourages school districts and school bus contractors to hold their own "Love the Bus" events throughout February. Events from previous years have included special breakfasts, awards, candy and prizes, and visits from special guests.

The council also provides downloadable materials to help with Love the Bus events, including certificates, cards, and coloring sheets. ASBC’s color sheet, “Stop for Safety,” reminds motorists to stop when children are loading or unloading from the bus.

In addition, as in previous years, ASBC is holding a contest on social media. School bus operations can use the hashtag #LoveTheBus or @WeLoveTheBus on the ASBC Facebook or Twitter pages to share stories, videos, and photos showing how they are observing "Love the Bus". Based on the number of likes and how the posts commemorate the meaning of Love the Bus, ASBC will award a $250 first prize, $150 second prize, and $100 third prize. Creators of the top three selected posts will receive Visa gift cards.

Districts and contractors can also submit photos and stories demonstrating their love of the bus or about a driver or school transportation employee who deserves recognition for their efforts in supporting student safety at www.lovethebus.org. ASBC will share stories on its website.
OTE 2020 Registration Now Open!

As most members are aware, the Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) is a joint conference and trade show organized each year by representatives from the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA), the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) and the Ontario School Bus Association (OBSA) as a unique opportunity for bus company employees, manufacturer/supplier organizations and others related to the bus transportation industry, to get together and explore better ways of serving their transportation customers in the future.

OTE 2020 will take place April 19th – 22nd in Toronto (ON), with the trade show happening Tuesday April 21st at the International Centre. The conference hotel will once again be the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre. OTE registration is now open. To register for OTE, click
 here. Also, keep checking the OTE website at www.ote.ca for updates!

For further information please contact the OSBA Safety and Legislation Team –
 abugeya@osba.on.ca or 416-695-9965 Ext. 4 or contact OTE directly at 416-229-6622 – info@ote.ca
Fleet Maintenance Software Provider Launches New App Directory
 
Full Article: School Bus Fleet
Article Date: January 30, 2020 

Fleet maintenance software provider Fleetio of Birmingham (AL) has launched a new app directory to improve fleet operations. The Fleetio App Directory is a catalog of integrations from industry partners that allow Fleetio customers to automate fleet operations processes and centralize data such as vehicle location, fuel transactions, maintenance history, and spend, according to a news release from the supplier. Integration partners featured in the App Directory include fuel card providers, telematics suppliers, and a network of national and independent maintenance shops.

“The Fleetio App Directory offers our customers a one-stop-shop for integrations they can easily enable to gather valuable fleet data that can be used to make more informed decisions,” said Lori Sullivan, Director of Marketing at Fleetio. “We see Fleetio as an open platform. Product integrations are a key part of our strategy because they allow our customers to analyze more fleet data, and that means larger potential for improvement.”

System integrations featured in the App Directory enable secure sharing of data between Fleetio’s platform and approved third parties, according to Fleetio. Third-party data can be used to trigger maintenance alerts, notify users of diagnostic issues, and round out total cost of ownership (TCO) reporting.

For more information, go here.
David Suzuki: More Federal Transit Money, E-Buses Could Be Climate Lifesavers
 
Full Article: The Georgia Straight
Article Date: January 28, 2020 

If we're going to tackle the climate crisis, we have to reduce transportation emissions. Good public transit - fast, reliable, affordable - can help by weaning us off of gasoline-burning automobiles. Especially important to address the climate crisis is transit that runs on electricity, which could be subways, light rail or trolley and battery-powered buses.

Subways are only practical in population-dense cities such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Light rail is great in many settings. Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo have light rail, and Toronto is building a crosstown system that will massively benefit the city, especially in neighbourhoods not currently well-served by rapid transit. But one vehicle is often overlooked: the all-electric bus.

E-buses have many virtues. They can be built quickly - no small thing during the escalating climate emergency. Bus electrification is part of an overall move to electrify most of our economy. David Suzuki Foundation policy analyst Tom Green's 2019 report, Zeroing in on Emissions, says we need to "electrify just about everything." He writes, "Multiple research projects have concluded that electrifying as much as possible will be a pillar of Canada's decarbonization effort."

Transportation is the second-largest source of Canadian greenhouse gases, eclipsed only by the oil and gas sector. In 2017 (the year with the most recent data), transportation in Canada accounted for a staggering 174 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent; oil and gas development contributed 195 million tonnes.

Emissions-reduction benefits of e-buses are considerable. Even in provinces like Alberta, where power is generated mostly by burning fossil fuels, electric buses stack up well against diesel. Clean Energy Canada, a think tank at Simon Fraser University, says: "When plugged into Edmonton's grid, a battery-electric bus is expected to emit 38% to 44% less CO2 than a diesel equivalent - and as the electricity gets cleaner, so will the buses." A 2019 David Suzuki Foundation report, Shifting Gears, states, "Electrification of buses would further reduce the GHG impacts of transit use."

E-bus production can also strengthen Canada's clean tech sector and create jobs. Our country has a number of companies that produce vehicles for domestic and international markets. New federal funding could give these businesses - including Quebec-based Nova Bus and Winnipeg's New Flyer Industries - an additional boost. There could even be benefits for national unity. The buses could support manufacturers and transit riders throughout the country, demonstrate Ottawa's commitment to ensuring all regions reach their potential and advertise the message, "This clean-air transit service supported by the Government of Canada."

During the election, the Liberals - who formed a minority government - pledged to make transit funding permanent (as opposed to occasional) and said this money would increase by $3 billion annually. They also said that starting in a few years, transit investments would be for buses and rail that don't emit carbon.

The prime minister's mandate letter to Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna tasked her with fulfilling these promises: "Make the federal commitment to fund public transit permanent and rise with the cost of construction over time. Ensure that new federal investments in public transit are used to support zero-emission buses and rail systems starting in 2023."

To capture these opportunities and prevent electric bus manufacturing from going to the U.S., the government needs to act fast. Clean Energy Canada argues, "Canada is home to multiple North America-leading e-bus manufacturers that, as the world moves to electrify transit, are well-positioned to capitalize - provided transit authorities and policy makers seize the opportunity."

Some cities have already purchased e-buses, but the numbers are relatively small. Toronto just bought 60 (out of a total fleet of some 2,000 buses) and Edmonton recently ordered 40 (out of about 1,000). These are good steps, but new federal money could turbocharge them. Ottawa plans to fund zero-emission vehicles beginning in 2023. This means the feds could pay for diesel-burning buses for another three years. In a climate crisis, that doesn't make sense. Canadian technology can produce high-quality electric buses (and good jobs) now. In the upcoming federal budget, let's make cleaner, healthier public transportation a priority.
Dynamic Specialty Vehicles Named Blue Bird Bus Dealership of Alberta

Full Article: School Transportation News
Article Date: January 28, 2020
 

In a transaction completed on December 31, 2019, representation of Blue Bird’s dealership agreement in the southern Alberta market has transitioned to Dynamic Specialty Vehicles, it was announced on Jan. 28. Dynamic is now the certified Blue Bird dealership servicing the entire province of Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon. Dynamic has a solid reputation with over three decades of sales and service experience in the industry, executives noted.

Dominique Viau, president of Dynamic Specialty Vehicles, shared his enthusiasm about the opportunity to expand the company’s footprint to include southern Alberta. “Dynamic Specialty Vehicles is extremely proud to grow our seven-year relationship with Blue Bird as we expand into southern Alberta,” said Viau. “This expansion offers customers access to the Blue Bird buses that they rely on, with the addition of Dynamic’s robust parts inventory and certified service across the province.”

Dynamic will sell and service Blue Bird buses at its locations in Edmonton, Alberta, Surrey, British Columbia and via its business partners in Calgary, Alberta. In addition, Dynamic plans to have a mobile service unit in place within the next few months, and open a Sales & Service location in Calgary by yearend 2020.
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Feb. 9-14 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Feb. 12 OSBA Webinar
Mar. 15-20 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
Mar. 25 OSBA Webinar
Apr. 15 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Apr. 19-22 Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
Apr. 27-May 1 Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference (CPTC)
May 3-8 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
May 27 OSBA Webinar
June 6 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
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Aug. 15 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Oct. 7 P.R.I.D.E. Recertification Program
Oct. 7 OSBA Webinar
Oct. 14-15 OASBO Pupil Transportation Conference
Oct. 18-23 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program
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