NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 23, 2011

Carnahan nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors
Don Carnahan, vice president of business development for pupil transportation at Zonar Systems in Seattle, has been nominated to run for the NAPT Board of Directors as president-elect. Carnahan was nominated by Robert Pape, Dell Transportation Corp., Washington, N.Y., and seconded by Cheryl Wolf, Lafayette, Ind.

Elections for this position, Region 2 director, Region 4 director and NAPT affiliate member director, will be held this fall during the 37th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect, regional director or director at large must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect, regional director or director at large must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect and at-large directors are selected by a vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT business partner individual members only.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.More

Navistar — Bus Product Segment Manager — Warrenville, Ill.

Navistar Parts, an operating unit of Navistar Inc. delivers the right part, at the right place, at the right time. With the largest dealer network in North America, and extensive global locations, Navistar Parts supplies parts worldwide for International® and IC Bus™ brand vehicles and MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, as well as parts for all makes of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. With more than 700,000 parts, 10 global Parts Distribution Centers and 100 years of building a solid aftermarket parts supply chain, Navistar Parts keeps you up and running. Navistar Parts private labels include: International®, Fleetrite®, PΛRTSMΛRT® and ReNEWed® brands. Additional information on Navistar Parts can be found at Come work for a Fortune 500 company in a suburb of Chicago as a product segment manager supporting the bus business. The full job description can be viewed here.More

Grants for a mouse, morphemes, mobile dictionaries
On Special Education via Education Week
A computer mouse for the foot? An electronic system that keeps a wheelchair user from getting into an accident? A mobile math dictionary that uses sign language and "morphemes"? These futuristic-sounding creations are now closer to reality. With $75,000 in grants this month by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, small businesses are developing these and several other new forms of assistive technology for children and adults with disabilities.More

Plan paves way for bus rapid transit system
Chicago Tribune
Conditions are ripe in Chicago to try launching the first true bus rapid transit system in the U.S., according to advocates who will unveil their blueprint soon. The proposal being introduced by the Metropolitan Planning Council calls for starting with a network of 10 CTA bus rapid transit routes covering about 95 miles of mostly bus-only lanes, with buses making stops every half mile at special stations where passenger prepay their fares just like at rail stations.More

Dallas County school buses fueled by fries
French fries and chicken nuggets may not make for a healthy meal for students, but the oil used to cook them can be used to fuel their school bus. Dallas County has been collecting vegetable oil from businesses all around North Texas, including the American Airlines Center, which donated 8,500 gallons this year. The oil is being processed into bio-fuel for their buses, a move that saves money and natural resources while cutting down on pollution.More

Study: Transit agencies plan higher fares or less service
Bloomberg News
More than half of U.S. public transit agencies may increase fares or trim service this year amid budget shortfalls and a threatened loss of federal funding, according to a study. Officials at 56 percent of 117 agencies surveyed in March said they were considering cost savings, according to the report released today by the American Public Transportation Association, a Washington-based trade group for transit providers. One in four agencies contemplated a combination of both measures, the study found.More

Focus 360° Drive Safely Work Week 2011 just around the corner
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Every October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety hosts Drive Safely Work Week. This week is an opportunity for organizations to help their employees focus on safe driving. This year's campaign is called Focus 360°: Getting there is everyone's business, and for the second year in a row NETS is using its resources to fight distracted driving.More

Energy resources: US hails clean fueling breakthrough
Commissioning the first fuel cell and hydrogen energy station in Orange County, Calif., is a sign of U.S. leadership in clean energy, an official said. A tri-generation fuel cell energy station commissioned in California produces hydrogen for up to 50 alternative-fuel vehicles charges per day. Another 250 kilowatts of energy produced by the station can be used to help power a nearby wastewater treatment facility.More

New York debuts country's first hybrid, wheelchair-accessible school buses
Nyak-Piermont Patch
Rockland BOCES introduced the first two hybrid, wheelchair-accessible school buses to be used in the United States at its West Nyack, N.Y., campus. Bus No. 113 and bus No. 114 were introduced at a press conference outside the Jesse Kaplan School. "This is a historic event," said Dr. Mary Jean Marsico, the Rockland BOCES district superintendent.More

Dealing with school bullies
VideoBrief One of the most common emotional hurdles kids face these days is bullying. Surveys show as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. Fortunately there are tips on how to spot whether your child is the victim of bullying, and what you can do about it.More