NAPT MultiView News Brief
November 10, 2009

Schools Brace for Strike Fallout
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia School District is bracing for "a dramatic effect on attendance" as the SEPTA strike enters its second day. The effect is expected to be especially pronounced at the 18 secondary magnet schools, which draw students citywide, spokesman Fernando Gallard said. When SEPTA workers struck in 2005, the magnets saw a 25 percent drop in attendance the first day.More

Texting While Driving: The New Drunk Driving
Christian Science Monitor
This public-safety movement has for years lobbied state legislatures to change driving laws, worked with schools and student groups, and pressured the federal government and industries to set new cell phone regulations. But momentum has picked up recently with some high-profile fatal crashes. And last month, in what many saw as a coming of age for the movement, the U.S. Department of Transportation hosted a distracted driving summit, where Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called for action against what he termed a "deadly epidemic."More

School Violence Drops With Federal Program
U.S. News & World Report
A program called Safe Schools/Healthy Students greatly increases the safety of students, says a U.S. government report. Over three years, school districts participating in the program had a 15 percent decrease in the number of students involved in violent incidents, from 17,800 to 15,163, according to the report. The number of students who reported experiencing or witnessing violence fell 12 percent. More

Bus Outsourcing Temporarily Halted
Pennsylvania Live
Central Dauphin School District in Pennsylvania has to halt the outsourcing of its school bus transportation - at least for now. Dauphin County Judge Richard A. Lewis granted a temporary injunction requested by the Central Dauphin Bus Drivers' Association, the drivers' union which is fighting the district's move. More

'Smart' Network of Roads Could Create Safer Highways
New Orleans Metro Real-Time News
Fifteen years after the idea of regional transportation management was first imagined, a $14.5 million complex devoted to creating a network of "smart" highways in southeast Louisiana has risen on a spit of neutral ground in the middle of the Pontchartrain Expressway where Metairie meets New Orleans.More

Unsafe School Buses Stay on the Road
The Chicago Tribune
As many as 2,000 school buses with potentially serious safety problems are still transporting students even though a bus manufacturer and government safety regulators have known about some of the recalled parts for as many as eight years, the Tribune has found.More

Technology and Distraction: The Odd Couple
Landline Magazine
Technology helped advance the problem of distracted driving, but it could also lead to a solution. That’s the opinion of lawmakers and regulators in a discussion about making the roads safer. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Communications Commission are teaming up to evaluate technology-based solutions to distracted driving, an issue involving cars, trucks, buses, trains and even aircraft.More

Creating the Clean Transportation Future We Desire
EV World
Never before in history has there been a more urgent need for available technology to transform our transportation infrastructure from a system based on an addiction to the finite polluting commodity of oil to a clean alternative system based on electric vehicles (or some hybrid version) powered by electricity. The absolute requirement standing at the crossroads of this convergence between need and capability is the recognition of our global connectivity.More

iPhone App Has Public Transit Down 'To-A-T'
The Boston Globe
To-A-T is an application that uses an iPhone's GPS feature to locate the closest Metro Boston Transit Authority subway or bus stop, and tell users when next train or bus will arrive. But state transportation officials also like it for another reason: To-A-T did not cost them any money. More

Disabilities Booklet Now Available

The "Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition", authored by Linda F. Bluth Ed.D, is now available at an NAPT Member price of $14.99 and a Non Member price of $24.99, plus shipping. Please contact NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278 to order.More

NCST Announcement

The National Congress of School Transportation (NCST) Steering Committee met recently in Louisville, Kentucky in preparation for 15th National Congress set for May 16, 2010 at the University of Central Missouri.

Drafts of proposed changes to the 2005 National Specifications and Procedures document are due to Steering Committee coordinators by Nov. 16 with a targeted posting date on the NCST website by Nov. 30.

State Delegations and interested parties may comment on the proposed changes through Feb. 1, 2010. Comments may be made on items or subjects not included in the writing committee initial document.

Staff appointments were made as follows: Terry Voy, former Iowa State Director and past president of the State Directors Association as on site Congress Chair; Donnie Fowler, former Steering Committee member and current President of the National School Transportation Association as chair of the Technical Assistance Committee; Dr. Malloy Gould conference parliamentarian; and Bill Loshbough and Nancy Schultz, National Safety Council representatives, as conference timers. The General Conference Chair is Pete Baxter.More