EPA 2016 School Bus Rebate Program application deadline is Nov. 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers grants up to $25,000 per vehicle to help pay for a new school bus and up to $6,000 per vehicle to pay for vehicle retrofits.  Regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities or private entities that operate school buses under a contract with these organizations … Continue reading EPA 2016 School Bus Rebate Program application deadline is Nov. 1

Annual School Bus Purchase Program opens November 1

The Maine Department of Education is accepting applications for new school buses through the annual School Bus Purchase Program. The application process opens Nov. 1 and closes Nov. 25. The Department will allocate $8.05 million to FY18 school bus approvals. The purpose of the program is to achieve the most equitable distribution of limited dollars to maintain … Continue reading Annual School Bus Purchase Program opens November 1

Students, Parents, and Schools Celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Oct. 17-21

A school bus driver’s career is about safely delivering the world’s most precious cargo – our students. Making a positive difference in the life of a child is what motivates school bus drivers. Locally, parents, teachers, and superintendents celebrate National School Bus Driver Appreciation Week by making special cards, delivering special snacks, talking with drivers … Continue reading Students, Parents, and Schools Celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Oct. 17-21

NEO Transportation Upgrade and EFT-24 Vehicle Mileage and Operations Report due date extension

The due date for the year-end EFT-24 Vehicle Mileage and Operations Report has been extended to December 31, 2016. MRSA 20-A section 6801-A provides statutory authority to withhold subsidy until reports are received. NEO Transportation data system upgrades are scheduled to launch mid-October and early-December. The upgrades are designed to make the system easier to use and … Continue reading NEO Transportation Upgrade and EFT-24 Vehicle Mileage and Operations Report due date extension

Maine schools join others around the nation to recognize National School Bus Safety Week October 17-21

National School Bus Safety Week, scheduled October 17-21 this year, is a public education program that promotes school bus safety. Nationally, each day about 450,000 school buses travel the nation’s roads transporting about 24,000,000 students to and from schools and school-related activities. This makes school buses the largest mass transportation program in the nation. In … Continue reading Maine schools join others around the nation to recognize National School Bus Safety Week October 17-21

Transportation Safety and Training Annual Data Report (EFT-21) due date extension

The due date for the year-end Transportation Safety and Training Annual Data Report (EFT-21) has been extended to December 31, 2016.  The report is in the process of being transferred from the MEDMS data system to the NEO data system. For further information about the report visit the Maine DOE Reporting Calendar during the first … Continue reading Transportation Safety and Training Annual Data Report (EFT-21) due date extension

A reminder to be safe when sharing the road with school buses

It is crucial to follow the rules of the road to keep Maine children safe on their journey to and from school. Maine traditionally has one of the best safety records in the nation, even as 80 percent of students ride the school bus. School buses are most likely to be on the road during … Continue reading A reminder to be safe when sharing the road with school buses