NAPT MultiView News Brief
Feb. 15, 2011

20th National Conference offers NAPT Special Needs Training Program
Join your colleagues at the 20th National Conference & Exhibition of Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers in Kansas City, Mo., from March 11-16. All six courses of the NAPT Special Needs Training (SNT) Program are on the program.

In addition to the SNT program, take part in more than 40 presentations and observe or compete in the 14th Annual Special Needs Team Safety ROADEO. For more information on the NAPT SNT program go to

For more information on the Conference, go to or call (703) 288-4088. Sign up now and save $100!More

NTSB moves into social media with Twitter, YouTube
National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board has established a Twitter account and a YouTube channel as the Safety Board broadens its communication efforts by moving into social media. The handle for the Twitter account is "ntsb" ( The YouTube channel is "ntsbgov" ( "Transparency and open government are key components of NTSB's agenda to improve transportation safety," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Social media is yet another opportunity for us to engage with our most important stakeholders: the traveling public."More

'Be ready, be buckled' — safety belts save lives
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The annual Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest for children related to people working in the truck and bus industries in grades K-6 runs through Feb. 28! The contest is held in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers' North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 1 to 7, celebrations aimed at increasing awareness about work safety — being safe on the job. The "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to save lives and reduce injuries. This year's theme focuses on the motto, "Safety Belts Save Lives!"More

US officials eye ways to increase airport security
U.S. authorities are considering ways to tighten security in public areas at U.S. airports after a recent deadly attack in Moscow, said John Pistole, head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. A suicide bomber last month killed 36 people and injured more than 100 after detonating the device in the international arrivals hall of Moscow's busy Domodedovo airport, sending airport officials scrambling to address the security gap. Pistole told U.S. lawmakers he had submitted ideas to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on how to improve security in locations passengers go through before being screened for flights, a job usually handled by local police.More

Schools tackle legal twists and turns of cyberbullying
Education Week
Tragedies tied to cyberbullying have made national headlines: the story of 15-year-old Massachusetts student Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January 2010 after extensive cyberbullying; the suicide of 13-year-old Missouri student Megan Meier in 2006 after she was targeted through the social networking site MySpace. But school leaders across the country are dealing with more-routine cases daily and often feel they have little legal advice or precedent to guide them in their decision making.More

Good, green jobs today, a stronger America tomorrow
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Recently, Deputy Secretary John Porcari represented Secretary Ray LaHood and the Department of Transportation at the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. This forum seeks to share ideas for building a strong, competitive economy — with good jobs — that also works to reduce global warming and address other environmental problems. Americans can adopt environmentally friendly practices and create good jobs in the process. And nowhere is the possibility for progress greater than in the transportation sector, which accounts for two-thirds of the United States' oil use and contributes one-third of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.More

Books on the bus a Mount Vernon, Wash., hit
Kennebec Journal
The daily bus ride home used to be a noisy event, with students acting out and straying from seats. Now, Mount Vernon (Wash.) Elementary School students spend the ride reading to themselves, reading to friends and listening to their friends read. Bus rides have become noticeably more peaceful because of it, students and bus drivers say. "It just makes the bus a better place," said Delaney Crocker, an 8-year-old second-grader.More

Salazar, Chu announce major offshore wind initiatives
Unveiling a coordinated strategic plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced major steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States — including new funding opportunities for up to $50.5 million for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment and several high priority wind energy areas in the mid-Atlantic that will spur rapid, responsible development of this abundant renewable resource.More

Research helps drivers cut fuel use
U.S. News & World Report
Ever wonder how much fuel you can save by avoiding stop-and-go traffic, closing your window, not using air conditioning or coasting toward stops? Research at the University of California-Riverside's College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology can give you the answers. The research field is called eco-driving, which refers to providing drivers with advice and feedback to minimize fuel consumption when driving.More

Do roads pay for themselves?
Do roads pay for themselves? That's the question posed by a new report from the nonprofit U.S. Public Interest Research Groups. The organization's conclusion? A resounding no. Since 1947, researchers have found that the amount of money spent on highways, roads and streets has exceeded the funds raised from gas taxes and other user fees by $600 billion, "representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways."More

Robbinsdale schools green up buses
Star Tribune
The yellow school bus fleet is taking a turn for the green in the Robbinsdale, Minn., district. Last month, workers finished installing new pollution control equipment on the 58 older buses in the 114-bus fleet. Ordinarily, such a project would have cost the district $87,000, said Kristin Johnson, Robbinsdale schools transportation director. But in this case, the work didn't cost it a dime.More

Government touts crash recorders, but privacy advocates sound alarm
Fox News
In the wake of Toyota's deadly problem with sticking accelerators, a government proposal that would require new cars to have onboard data recorders is pitting safety concerns against privacy concerns. The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Administration have found that faulty electronics did not cause the accelerator problems that led to 50 deaths and the 8 million Toyota recalls last year. They arrived at that conclusion based partly on "event data recorders" installed in the vehicles.More