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March 30, 2010

Why 70 miles per hour is the new 55
The Wall Street Journal
Left to their own devices, American drivers confronted with an open stretch of interstate highway tend to drive at about 70 miles per hour—whatever the legal speed limit happens to be. That's the finding of an analysis of speed data gathered by TomTom Inc., a marketer of GPS navigation devices. This helps to explain why safety advocates and conservationists are losing the long-running debate over lowering freeway speed limits.More

Elementary school wants safer transportation for students
The Board of Education had no policy on its books regarding sexual offenders on school property. At its meeting that night, the school board unanimously approved the district's first such policy. Missouri's Shepard Boulevard Elementary School hosted a meeting to discuss increasing safety walking and driving to and from school. More than 30 school community members and local residents participated in the safe routes to school community action planning meeting.More

School bus costs fueling need for other options
The wheels on the bus go round and round - but for how much longer? The high cost of operating school buses has forced districts in Kern County and throughout the state of California to trim routes and staff, seek alternatives and, in the case of one local district, survey parents to see if they'd be willing to foot part of the cost. More

School bus drivers say financial pressures are building
Delmarva Now
Some contractors say they are planning to sell their buses because there is no income in it anymore. Officials, contractors and drivers agree that one school bus contract simply doesn't provide enough profit to survive. But population growth in Maryland's Wicomico County has made it difficult for school bus driving to be the part-time job it once was.More

Worst states for distracted drivers
Using iPhones and Blackberrys while behind the wheel in these areas of the country will result in harsh penalties.More

Solar power for buses
SunPods Inc., a California-based manufacturer of modular, fully integrated and tested solar power generation systems, and Bauer Intelligent Transportation, a leading provider of chauffeured green transportation, recently teamed up to create what they say is the "first solar power-assist system for buses." And the system was developed in less than six weeks!More

Production scheduling minimizes time and costs
Suite 101
Production schedules typically consist of machine loading charts, workforce rosters and materials requisition sheets. They also specify the items to be produced and the quantities to be produced. Shop floor managers thus have a complete picture of what they have to achieve and the resources available to achieve it. More

Group's 'Choice Bus' helps right Mississippi dropout rate
Four out of every 10 students in Mississippi will drop out of high school, according to the Mississippi Department of Education. One group in the Jackson area brought 500 students together to try to change that statistic.More

Federally funded study to bring thousands of electric cars to five states
Government Technology
President Barack Obama has called on the U.S. to put 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015. But the country won't get anywhere close to that number until drivers are confident they can find places to recharging stations.More

Foursquare, Gowalla and the future of geo-location
The mobile phone in your pocket is now about so much more than mere conversation. Email, the Web and maps have become basic parts of any new mobile, and those technologies are starting to come together.More

More cities ban digital billboards
USA Today
As the USA cracks down on texting while driving, more than a dozen cities around the nation have banned what some consider a growing external driving distraction: digital billboards.More

U.S. set to expand role in protecting air travelers
The New York Times
The federal government is about to take a larger role in protecting airline passengers, starting with a new rule allowing travelers to get off a plane stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours.More