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May. 8, 2012

School buses drive job losses in transport sector
The Wall Street Journal
The transportation and warehousing sector saw the biggest job losses — 17,000 — in April's employment report. Why? "The job loss in transit and ground passenger transportation stemmed from a decline in school bus-related employment. The weakness in couriers and messengers may stem from concerns expressed by major companies in recently published earnings reports over the economic climate in Asia and the United States," the Labor Department said in a detailed analysis of industry employment data.More

Struggling to get to school: The effect of state transportation cuts on public school students, families
Building Resilient Regions
Poor populations in the Bay Area have less access to public transit today than they did in 2000. As low-income folks move out to the suburbs they are living farther from rail stations making it harder for them to get to work and to access needed social services. But turns out low-income populations in the city of San Francisco are also having trouble getting where they need to go — local public school children specifically. As noted in a recent piece at TransportationNation, state budget cuts have forced the city's school district to cut bus services to 98 percent of high school students. Middle and elementary school students are also affected and more cuts are likely on the way, with the district expecting to lose more than 30 percent of its transportation dollars next year, according to the report.More

Disconnects in the distracted-driving blame game
USA Today
In 1930, former Massachusetts state senator George Parker tried to ban car radios because they were too distracting. Drivers today are similarly attached to their cellphones and in-car technology. But unlike the drivers of the 1930s, they're conflicted over efforts to regulate them.More

Bullying experts offer suggestions to help parents
USA Today
The story often is the same: Parents think schools aren't doing enough to protect their children from bullying, and then they try to intervene. But many times, they don't have solutions, either.More

Growing up Google: How cloud computing is changing a generation
A few weeks ago, a school administrator shared a story about how he tried to block Google's chat feature, but his students created a workaround. They opened up a new Google Doc, shared it with friends, and used the sidebar chat to talk with each other. Although the behavior was worrisome to the administrator, it was hard not to be impressed at how cleverly these seventh graders interacted with the software. These students literally grew up on Google's products, and that's largely thanks to Google.More

FMCSA challenges students to create next SaferBus app
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched SaferBus, the smartphone app that allows bus travelers to view motorcoach safety data before buying their tickets or boarding their bus. That app has already been well-received and is making a difference for consumers across the country. Now, FMCSA is challenging student developers to take our safety data one step further. The US DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Student Challenge asks software developers to create apps and online solutions that go beyond SaferBus in helping consumers make smart safety decisions about their bus travel. More

US DOT launches contest to curb distracted driving among teens
Fender Bender
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently launched a new contest for students to design a social networking icon to help encourage young drivers to speak up when riding with a distracted driver. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 report the highest level of phone involvement in crash or near-crash incidences, according to a recent survey of more than 6,000 U.S. drivers conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . That age group is roughly three times more likely to read or send text messages or emails while driving compared to people ages 25 and older. Reports of texting while driving drop sharply as age increases, the NHTSA said.More

Fewer flights, higher fares at nation's regional airports
The Commercial Appeal
For anyone trying to fly between the smaller cities in the United States, it's not easy to get from here to there anymore. The major airlines have been paring service for much of the last decade. But their cutbacks accelerated three years ago as carriers merged, fuel prices spiked and the recession reduced demand for seats.More

Higher fuel standards could reduce federal transportation funds by $57 billion by 2022
Transportation Issues Daily
In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly proposed a rule that would tighten corporate average fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles (including cars, sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, minivans and crossover utility vehicles) manufactured from 2017 through 2025. The higher fuel economy standards certainly will be good for our environment and energy security, but it could reduce federal transportation revenue by $57 billion by 2022, a 13 percent reduction. That's according to a new study from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.More