NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jul. 10, 2012

Students develop formula, algorithm for school bus routes
UMSL Daily
Transportation continues to be a growing cost for area school districts facing annual budget cuts. University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates Jeremy North and William Ellegood may have just discovered a way to save thousands of dollars on busing and routing for districts. The pair recently won first place at the Graduate School Research Fair for their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing."More

MADD applauds highway bill for including money for alcohol detection in cars
The Hill
The Mothers Against Drunk Driving group recently said the approval of a $105 billion transportation funding bill was a "good day for highway safety." The group was celebrating because the bill contains incentives for states to spend transportation money on programs to detect drunk drivers, like ignition interlocks.More

Incident on school bus, at stop leads to lawsuit against school district
A high school student who was assaulted after standing up to bullies is now suing the School District of Palm Beach County, Fla., for not upholding its own anti-bullying policy. A bus driver's negligence led to Louis Toth's being beat up at his bus stop west of West Palm Beach, according to a recent lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County civil court. The incident occurred on Jan. 23, 2009, when Toth was an 11th-grader at Royal Palm Beach Community High School.More

Getting there, with precious cargo
Stafford County Sun
It's the largest transportation system in our region. It carries more riders than the Virginia Railway Express does each day and the system's annual mileage is the equivalent of two round trips to the moon. Still wondering what it is? It's that icon of American school days — the school bus.More

Amid GPS boom, paper maps hang on
USA Today
VideoBriefUsed to be, Dad would stuff a half-dozen maps in the glove box before setting out with the family on a road trip to see the waterfalls at Yosemite or the granite faces of Mount Rushmore. Colorful maps bearing the logos of the oil companies that printed them — names like Texaco, Gulf, Esso — once brimmed from displays at filling stations, free for the taking. But today, a good chunk of American's on the road will probably reach for technology before they're tempted to unfold — and in a tradition that used to bind Americans as tightly as a highway cloverleaf, try to refold — a paper road map. More

Better crash data a big step in the fight against distracted driving
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
At the U.S. Department of Transportation, their safety efforts — including their work to end distracted driving — are based on good data and sound science. Collecting accurate and consistent information about crashes is essential to that mission. More

Your beverage may soon be TSA tested at an airport near you
While many in the public are just becoming aware of random drink testing at airport gates, some of which happen way after passengers clear security entrances, the Transportation and Security Administration is reminding passengers the policy is not new. More

Technology driving widespread shift in teaching models
THE Journal
Over the last two years, nearly half of faculty have moved away from a traditional lecture model and adopted a range of technology-driven teaching practices, according to new research. The increase of technology in the classroom has led to an increase in the use of non-lecture-based instructional delivery methods during class time, such as hands-on learning, group projects, guided independent study, distance learning and one-on-one instruction. But overall, according to the report, there's something of a disconnect between the way instruction is delivered and how students want it to be delivered.More

President Barack Obama signs transportation, student loan bill
President Barack Obama signed HR 4348, the bill passed by Congress on the last day before the 4th of July recess, which includes the transportation and student loan interest rate bills. The White House held a signing ceremony that included construction workers and college students who will be affected by the bill. The bill allocates $105 billion in transportation spending over the next 27 months. This money includes critical infrastructure improvements and was cited by both parties as crucial to job creation.More

Vendor spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight

Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight three of our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Gecko Microsolutions Inc., InterClean Equipment Inc. and SafeGuard/IMMI. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Gecko Microsolutions — produces transportation and routing software and student conduct software.
InterClean Equipment — provides a touchless washing option for school buses.
SafeGuard/ — supplies restraint and adaptive seating solutions for school and transit buses.More

NAPT announces 2012 scholarship opportunities

Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board Past-President, Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman, are offering two field trip grants this year. While priority will be given to students whose schools reside in the core Appalachian states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to for more information.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar 10 — We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2012 NAPT Annual Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members — Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 14. Log on to for more information.

Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 14 to NAPT. Log on to for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at