NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 9, 2011

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NAPT announces 2011 scholarship opportunities
Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board 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 were damaged by recent tornadoes, 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 three scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration for NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati. The application deadline is Sept. 16. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2011 NAPT Annual Summit in Cincinnati. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members; Zonar will include the cost for NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 15. Log on to for more information.More

NAPT awards program
The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

IC Driver Trainer Award — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Blue Bird Heroism Award — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Award — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: More

Deborah Hersman sworn in for second term as NTSB chairman
National Transportation Safety Board
Deborah Hersman was officially sworn in Aug 4 for a second two-year term as NTSB chairman. "I am deeply honored to continue serving as chairman of the NTSB," Hersman said.More

4,000 extra cars to flood roads amid bus fee flap
More than 4,000 Franklin Township, Ind., students will forgo the school bus amid a fight over transportation fees. According to figures from the Central Indiana Educational Service Center, the nonprofit now handling busing for the district, 1,600 students have signed up to ride buses. In previous years, 6,000 Franklin Township students rode the bus to school, leaving about 4,400 more children riding in cars this year.More

Jacksonville Transportation Authority offers rides for magnet students
School is slated to start in just more than two weeks, but many families are still scrambling trying to figure out how they'll get their children to class. That's because the Duval County School Board cut bus routes for more than 5,000 magnet school students.More

Pittsburgh-area transit agency loses appeal on ads
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Port Authority of Allegheny County's refusal to run ads on its buses telling convicted felons of their voting rights likely will end up costing the agency more than $500,000. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a Pittsburgh judge's ruling that the authority violated the First Amendment rights of the Pittsburgh League of Young Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union when it refused to run the ads. More

James Temple: BART needs to get on board the Wi-Fi express
San Francisco Chronicle
BART is the largest regional transit system in the undisputed center of the technology universe, but good luck getting online if you're a commuter. Nearly 2 1/2 years after BART struck a deal with an Internet provider — and at least seven months after the service was supposed to be available systemwide — it's still difficult to secure a Wi-Fi signal long enough to log on.More

Congress takes summer recess without acting on transportation legislation
AASHTO Journal
The House of Representatives and the Senate both recently recessed until after Labor Day, leaving only 24 days when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Sept. 6 to introduce and clear legislation reauthorizing federal highway and transit programs, which are set to expire Sept. 30 at the end of this federal fiscal year.More

Bully-proof your child for academic success
The Huffington Post
Did you know that 30 percent of students in grades 6-10 are affected by bullying and as a result, won't score as well as they should this coming school year? "Bullying can lead students to feel so anxious and terrorized by their tormentors that school becomes near-impossible to handle and studies too difficult to concentrate on," says Caryn Sabes Hacker, ACSW, DCSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in bullying and authored A Bully Grows Up: Erik Meets the Wizard.More

Transit grants set to improve mobility for residents of rural tribal lands
Department of Transportation Fastlane
The Obama administration is firmly committed to improving tribal transportation resources. The Recovery Act, for example, included a $310 million boost for the Indian Reservation Roads Program, and the annual amount of that program was increased from $275 to $450 million. The Department of Transportation also is working to make it easier for Native American communities to access resources through discretionary programs like Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.More

Hybrids to rule the alternative power world by 2020
Fleet Owner
A new study by global research firm Frost & Sullivan indicates that hybrid propulsion technology is far and away going to be the leading alternative power choice in the world's medium-heavy commercial truck and bus market by 2020. More