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July 20, 2010

Richmond will outfit all school buses with alarms
Richmond Times Dispatch
If Richmond, Va. Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon gets her way — and by all indications, she will — she'll be able to start the 2010-11 school year with a simple promise when it comes to getting students to and from school. "With this system, we will be able to guarantee all of our students disembark their buses at school and at home," she said recently at the Belt Boulevard bus depot, showing off a bus-safety system.More

Atlanta school district gets new hybrid bus
Atlanta Public Schools is the first district in the state to get a brand-new hybrid school bus. The Thomas Built Hybrid Saf-T-Liner C2 bus will start its route July 21 taking students to Boyd Elementary School, which is on a year-round calendar. The bus is designed to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions with a partially electric motor. More

Legislation brings school bus safety, costs up to date
Spinal Column
Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm marks state Rep. Gail Haines' first bill enacted into state law. Under Haines' House Bill 5363, school districts throughout Michigan will save an aggregate of $600,000 by reducing the costs they incur providing health examinations to school bus drivers.More

New rules may cloud the outlook for biomass
The New York Times
An energy technology that has long been viewed as a clean and climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels is facing tough new regulatory hurdles that could ultimately hamper its ability to compete with renewable power sources like wind and solar. Dozens of biomass power plants, which typically burn plant or tree matter to generate electricity, are already in operation in a variety of states, like California, Michigan and Maine.More

Number of school bus stops to be cut in Chatham district
The State Journal-Register
Many students in the Ball-Chatham School District of Springfield, Ill. will be walking farther to and from their bus stops next school year. The school board recently agreed to set school bus stop locations based on geography rather than on where individual students live. As a result, buses will no longer make door-to-door stops, and most bus stops will be at intersections.More

Lockheed Martin to evaluate wireless network architecture for US Department of Transportation
PR Newswire
Working with the Department of Transportation, Lockheed Martin will refine and validate the requirements and architecture of a new communications infrastructure, named IntelliDrive, which will ultimately permit safety and traffic systems to communicate. Leveraging the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener is the goal of the DOT's IntelliDrive system.More

Parents, NY1 help bring air-conditioned rides to special ed students
A group of parents was fighting all week to get their children a safe ride to school. They said the bus provided by the Department of Education takes a two-hour route across Manhattan, and in 100-degree heat it was not air conditioned. Worst of all, the parents said their children are not able to speak up for themselves, since they have autism. More

Airlines fees should be more widely disclosed in US, GAO says
The Washington Post
Airlines don't include the fees in the route and fare data they provide to travel agents, who sell 60 percent of all tickets, either online or through independent or corporate travel services, the Government Accountability Office said today in the report. Carriers have been adding charges, such as fees for baggage and reservation changes, to boost revenue beyond airfares.More

It's taken nearly two decades, but intelligent transportation system technology is beginning to exert an influence
Better Roads
After nearly two decades of development, intelligent transportation system technologies are finally going "mainstream." The eyes of the ITS community — in both the public and the private sectors — remain firmly fixed on the big prize, self-controlling "autonomous" vehicles that respond to environmental and vehicle cues, and embedded signals, to avoid crashes, save lives and optimize travel.More

'Common core standards': Education reform that makes sense
Los Angeles Times
In many third-grade classrooms in California, students are taught — briefly — about obtuse and acute angles. Their math training so far hasn't taught them the concepts involved. It makes no pedagogical sense, but California's academic standards call for third-graders to at least be exposed to the subject, and because angles might be on the standardized state test at the end of the year, exposed they are.More

Greenspan calls for Congress to let all Bush tax cuts expire
Bloomberg Businessweek
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, whose backing of George W. Bush's 2001 tax cuts helped persuade Congress to pass them, said lawmakers should allow the reductions to expire at the end of this year. "They should follow the law and let them lapse," Greenspan said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Conversations with Judy Woodruff," citing a need for the tax revenue to reduce the federal budget deficit.More

Retirement for dummies
The New York Times
The joys of retirement. No more long days on the job for this dummy. No more slamming into offset barriers at high speed. No more skull fractures or knee replacements. Just a nice, quiet spot at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, where he can spend the rest of his days in the permanent collection.More