NAPT MultiView News Brief
March 9, 2010

Federal judge tosses suit against red light camera tickets
The Daily News
Cities are using red-light cameras legally in Washington, and drivers caught by them are not being overcharged, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour rejected the claims of a group of plaintiffs who filed a class-action suit last June. They said drivers were paying millions of dollars more than they should as cities sought to make the cameras a moneymaking venture.More

NAPT Recommended Service
NAPT

NAPT is pleased to announce the latest addition to the NAPT Recommended Products Program - American Logistics Company LLC, a national transportation management company serving school districts. ALC uses its proprietary ParaMax® software to assess a school district's current transportation program and define maximum efficiency algorithms that "right size" each transportation route and identify the optimum mix of dedicated buses and non-dedicated alternative transportation solutions required to cost-effectively serve each trip. With ParaMax®, ALC can lower the costs associated with transporting special needs students an average of 20 percent by reducing the required number of buses and their associated costs.More

Two more hybrid buses join state fleet to help reduce pollution, lessen health risks
South Carolina Department of Education
Two more hybrid diesel/electric school buses are going on the road in South Carolina's continuing effort to help cut pollution from older diesel vehicles. The newest low-emission hybrids are being assigned to routes in the Aiken and Charleston County school districts. Similar vehicles are expected to be delivered to two upstate districts within a month.More

School board to weigh new bus purchases
Montgomery News
Pennsylvania's Springfield Township School Board will consider a recommendation to trade in one school bus and purchase three in order to meet demand. Director of Transportation Wayne Johnston told the school board that the district pays about $20,000 to $35,000 a year to contract buses for times when there are not enough vehicles available for extracurricular activities and athletics.More

House OKs bill that would end some bus service for students
The Salt Lake Tribune
Thousands of Utah junior high and high school students could lose school bus services if a bill that gained overwhelming support in the House passes.More

AT&T launches new campaign on dangers of texting while driving
Dallas Business Journal
Wireless telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. has launched a new campaign to warn cell phone users about the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign is titled "It can wait."More

Taxes and fees grow for air travelers
The New York Times
A recent search for a flight from New York to London turned up an eye-catching fare: $229 each way on several airlines. But nine government taxes and fees added $162 — more than a quarter of the total ticket price.More

Inspections find more than 25 percent of school buses in Connecticut unfit to use
Connecticut Now
When a state inspector spotted a full-size school bus on the road with no brake lights, he ordered the Specialty Transportation Inc. vehicle back to the company's yard for a full examination. Inside the gates, bus drivers were eager to see him.More

7 ways to build a loyal team
BNET
It might sounds crazy to talk about worker loyalty at a time when big companies routinely show longtime employees the door. But loyalty isn't dead. Instead, it has shifted, with few people nowadays feeling loyal to the company overall or even the people running the business.More

Build smarter, not bigger
The Hill
Policymakers, transportation industry executives and metro planners are gathering in Washington to discuss a smarter transportation system for the 21st century. The timing turns out to be quite apt – just over a year ago the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law.More

Four-day school weeks?
WORLD Magazine
The Wall Street Journal reported on a growing trend of schools districts cutting their school weeks down to four days in order to cut costs and help minimize their budget deficits. The system is already in place in 100 districts in 17 states as one less day will decrease the costs for transportation expenses and utilities, along with pay for custodial workers, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.More

As more red-light cameras go up, one Seattleite makes a case for giving in
NW Autos
An unwelcome envelope recently landed on my desk. Inside were incriminating, time-lapse photos of what appeared to be me committing a crime. There I was - my car, anyway - running a red light, caught red-handed. I felt dirty. I felt spied upon. I felt like a teenager caught in a lie by my parents. More

U.S. police partner with license plate readers
USA Today
A growing number of police departments are turning to mobile camera systems to fight motor vehicle theft and identify unregistered cars.More

This time, let's ban texting while driving
Tallahassee Democrat
For the last two years of Florida's legislative sessions, bill after bill has been introduced to outlaw the practice of texting while driving. This year, 17 bills prohibiting this practice, sponsored or co-sponsored by 20 percent of the Legislature, have been filed. Perhaps the third time is the charm.More