NAPT MultiView News Brief
Oct. 27, 2009

Congress Considering Legislation to Make States Prohibit Cell Use Behind the Wheel
from AASHTO Journal
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will meet to hear from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding combating distracted driving, including whether the federal government should require states to ban drivers from talking on handheld cellphones and texting. The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee will also meet for a hearing on addressing the problem of distracted driving.More

Penalized for Pollution, Major Bus Firm to Reduce Idling
from Environmental Leader
As part of a settlement for clean air violations, under the Clean Air Act, school bus operator First Student Inc. has agreed to reduce idling from its nationwide fleet of 50,000 school buses. The company will also pay a fine of $128,000 and perform environmental projects valued at more than $1 million.More

Safety Board Issues Wake-Up Call on Sleep Disorder
from Associated Press
Safety investigators have sent government agencies a wake-up call about sleep apnea, a disorder that's showing up in a wide range of transportation accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board said that commercial truck and bus drivers and merchant ship pilots should be screened for sleep apnea.More

Michigan Schools Are Reeling After Funding Blow
from Detroit Free Press
While arguments raged in the Capitol over the state budget and taxes, local Detroit school officials were stunned with news of another state funding body slam. Gov. Jennifer Granholm said she had no choice but to order an additional $212-million cut from aid to schools. That works out to a $127-per-pupil cut, coming on top of the $165-per-pupil cut in the new budget she recently signed.More

Magic Fuel Bus: High School Students Power Bus with Bio-Diesel
from FOX News
Students at the small East Burke High School in rural Connelly Springs, North Carolina, are taking the chemistry lesson out of the lab by turning used cooking oil into bio-diesel. In the past year, the students have made over 90 gallons of fuel from the used food product, which the local school district uses to power school buses.More

School Bus Camera Shows Drivers Illegally Passing Stopped Bus
from WTEN-TV
The results of a pilot program that used cameras on school buses to record how many drivers illegally passed stopped school buses has been recently released. In New York's Bethlehem Central School District, a camera mounted on a single bus documented 20 illegal passes during a 40-day period that began in April.More

Want to Design Smarter Intersections? Use Less Control, Not More
from Techdirt
Drivers in the United States are faced with a constant barrage of traffic signs, lights and signals all meant to navigate them safely through the sea of cars, pedestrians and bicycles without incident. Instead of trying to micromanage every aspect of safe driving with signs, signals and laws, a better approach would be to utilize what should be the smartest part of the car - the driver.More

As Hybrid Buses Get Cheaper, Cities Fill Their Fleets
from The New York Times
If you wonder whether hybrid-electric vehicles will ever catch on, simply ask one of the millions of people who ride in them every day. Hybrid-electric buses, that is. New York, by far, has the nationís biggest fleet of hybrid buses, which run on electricity and diesel fuel, with nearly 1,000 in all five boroughs, most in Manhattan. More

Project News: The Latest CVIS Developments
from ERTICO News
The CVIS Project has been very active of late, with a number of achievements and imminent events. Read on to find out the latest developments in CVIS!More

Funding for School Bus Inspections Cut
from 9&10 News-TV
Funding for state mandated school bus inspections has been cut. The law requires that schools have every bus inspected by the Michigan State Police every year. The law is still in place, but funding for the inspection program is gone and inspectors are being laid off. Schools are left wondering what will happen next year when their safety certifications expire.More