NAPT MultiView News Brief
April 6, 2010

Seat belt lack can be used in bus suit
The Huntsville Times
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled the lack of seat belts in a school bus that crashed in Huntsville in 2006, killing four students, can be used in a lawsuit against the bus manufacturer. The court's unanimous opinion reversed a ruling by former Madison County Circuit Court Judge Loyd Little, who had ruled the issue of seat belts in school buses should be addressed by the Legislature, not the courts.More

Greenville school bus fires raise concerns
The Greenville News
A second fire similar to one that destroyed a school bus in Greenville County has raised concerns that more buses of the same type could be unsafe, the director of the state Department of Education's Transportation Office told The Greenville News. More

School bus company threatening to stop service
Wake MyNC
There could be problems getting hundreds of North Carolina Wake County kids to and from school soon. Lucas Transportation, which handles the buses for some 800 special needs children, says it's going broke, and can't continue under the current contractMore

Stoughton bus fee to jump by $110 in fall
The Stoughton Journal
Starting in September, families of students who pay to ride the bus will pay $110 more per child. The Stoughton County Massachusetts School Committee voted to increase the bus transportation fee from $250 to $360, a 44 percent increase. More

Driving-record policy to change in wake of school-bus crash
Philidelphia Daily News
Spurred by a fatal school-bus accident in Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this fall will change its policy governing what driving-record information is released to prospective employers of school-bus drivers in the state. More

More transportation funding necessary to reduce congestion, survey finds
School Transportation News
Eight out of 10 people say an expanded transportation system is needed, and nearly 60 percent think more funding should go towards bus, rail and other public transportation services, according to results from a recent public opinion poll. More

U.S. revamps screening of travelers
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration and foreign governments will roll out in the next few weeks a more intelligence-based system to try to stop potentially dangerous passengers from boarding U.S.-bound flights, a senior administration official said.More

Report evaluates greenhouse-gas reduction strategies for transportation
AASHTO Journal
A recently released National Cooperative Highway Research Program study requested by AASHTO provides a basis for evaluating alternative strategies that states and metropolitan planning organizations can use for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from the transportation sector. More

Three B2B value-proposition rules that create preference, not just parity
Marketing Profs
A 2009 survey of 9,000 decision makers in B2B companies found that 86 percent of the "unique benefits" touted by vendors were not perceived as unique or having enough impact to create preference.More

Taking the driver out of the car
The Wall Street Journal
'Your grandchildren will snap across the entire continent in 24 hours on a new kind of highway and in a new kind of driverless car that is controlled by the push of a button," futurist Norman Bel Geddes promised in 1940. Mr. Bel Geddes designed Futurama, the most popular exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, which in many ways inspired the construction of the Interstate Highway System.More

Grants available from National Center to promote safe walking, biking
AASHTO Journal
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is accepting applications for up to 35 grants of $1,000 for creative, youth-focused ideas that support safe walking and/or bicycling to school.More

High-tech weather sensors improve roadway safety, save taxpayers
Government Executive
After months of harsh winter weather, Missouri transportation officials found a silver lining in the form of the state's 13 new high-tech weather sensors dotting Interstate 44. For the past few months, the sensors have been providing road crews with instant access to weather conditions so they can better manage their time and make the roads safer for motorists. More

TSA left in holding pattern?
USA Today
Transportation Security Administration nominee Maj. Gen. Robert Harding told senators that he hoped to quickly transform aviation security by having screeners interact more with airline passengers and moving "closer to an Israeli model."More