Category Archives: Transportation

School transportation: improving safety, reducing costs

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with Transfinder and Core Education and Consulting, is helping school districts that use transportation operations analyses improve fleet safety while reducing operations costs.

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Final 2016 regional school bus driver conference promotes, teaches safety

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine State Police and the Maine Association for Pupil Transport (MAPT), is hosting the final Regional Safety Conference of the 2016 year for those across the state working in school transportation.

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Maine DOE announces update of school transportation software

The following Priority Notice was sent on Friday, June 10

A new and important release of Transfinder school transportation software is scheduled for Saturday June 18.  The upgrade maintenance window will begin at 4:00 p.m. and continue to 4:00 a.m.  Please be sure to sign off the system for this update. During that time, Routfinder Pro, Infofinder le and Viewfinder modules will be updated to Version 12.2.

Maine DOE provides free student routing and transportation operations software to all Maine public schools and this update is free to Maine public school districts. The software is called Transfinder which offers several modules that include school bus fleet maintenance, field trip management, school transportation communication, emergency preparedness planning and redistricting analysis, as well as bus routing – all with the ability to access data anytime and anywhere.

Maine public school districts that would like to begin using this free transportation software may contact our Maine Transfinder account executive Angela Vitti directly by email at  to get started.

Case studies about how some Maine schools that have benefited by using Transfinder can be found on the Maine DOE school transportation Transfinder web page.

Details about the transportation software can be found on the Transfinder website.

If you have any questions about the upgrade, contact Maine Transfinder Account Executive Angela Vitti at or 800-373-3609.

For information about the Maine DOE school transportation software program, contact Transportation and Facilities Administrator Pat Hinckley at or 624-6886.

OSHA issues final rule on injury reporting

On the school transportation front, the following is a message from OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its Final Rule, which requires employers to submit injury and illness records electronically. The directive also stipulates that once the reports are filed, OSHA posts them to the internet.

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Maine DOE invites school transportation teams to attend regional safety conferences beginning next week

Safety is priority one in school transportation. This commitment to safety is why Maine school transportation traditionally has one of the best safety records in the nation.  Annual training is the foundation of safety.  Each spring school transportation teams participate in six statewide regional school transportation safety conferences.

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Transportation departments invited to participate in national safety survey

While school buses remain incredibly safe, students are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus and within in the danger zone. This is why Maine school bus drivers have been invited to collect survey data about illegal passing to help improve safety countermeasures at the state or national level.

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EPA rebates will help Fairfield and Gray purchase clean diesel school buses

The following news release was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Regional Office on March 4.

Two school districts in Maine will receive a total of $40,000 to help pay for new school buses that emit less pollution than the older buses the districts now use.

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National school transportation conference focuses on safety and federal updates

School buses are an iconic symbol that represents access to education in the United States. Right now, as they are, school buses are by far the safest way for students to travel to and from school.

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Walking School Bus Program application deadline

The Maine Walking School Bus Program continues to provide support to local schools on many fronts aimed to help Maine school children stay safe, keep physically active, increase learning, and promote good behavior.

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Students recognize National School Bus Safety Week

Students and schools across the nation are recognizing 2015 National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 19-23. The theme for this year’s safety week is “Be Smart – Be Seen, I wait in a safe place!” In Maine, the safety week program culminates with a poster contest award ceremony and tea at the Blaine House for students and their families.

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