October 30 — November 4
NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.
2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.
Visit "NAPT Summit—Weekly Highlights" category toward the bottom of this brief for weekly featured topics.
US transportation secretary appeals to automakers to discourage distracted driving
The Detroit News Share
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants automakers to do more to warn customers about the dangers of distracted driving. LaHood recently called Subaru of America Chief Operating Officer Tom Doll to praise the Japanese automaker for its recent ad warning against distracted driving. "Their 30-second ad is all about a parent telling their young child, 'Don't use a cell phone and don't text and drive,'" LaHood told The Detroit News today. He told Doll, "You're stepping up here with really persuading people and you're going to win big accolades for doing that." More
Statewide system to track causes of car wrecks in Alabama
The Birmingham News Share
With just a few keystrokes, Dave Brown can find out what led to 123,740 wrecks that snarled traffic, caused 19,137 injuries and ended 774 lives across Alabama in 2009. Brown, deputy director of the University of Alabama's Center for Advanced Public Safety, compiles the information for eCrash, the state's electronic crash reporting system that was launched in June 2009 by the Alabama Department of Public Safety. By the end of 2010, all police departments and sheriff's offices in Alabama will likely be filing all wreck reports electronically through eCrash instead of using traditional paper reports. More
Coroner calls for seatbelts on school buses in Georgia community
In the wake of a fatal accident in Carroll County, Ga., a local coroner, Randy Daniel, says the time has come to put seatbelts on school buses. Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel says James Rashone Walker, victim of the fatal accident, would still be alive if his school bus had seatbelts. All of this comes as districts across Georgia are laying off teachers. More
Moving the bus safely back into traffic
University of South Florida Share
The difficulty experienced by transit buses in moving back into traffic safely from bus pullout bays has become a serious problem due to potential hazards between buses merging from the pullout bays and the surrounding traffic. Previous studies have determined the need to closely examine the engineering side of the Yield-to-Bus program and develop effective countermeasures to address the issue. This study focused on the assessment of the safety and operational effects of the use of Yield-to-Bus Light Emitting Diode signs on the back of the buses. More
Diesel: Fueling the future of a green economy
Diesel Technology Forum Share
With the United States moving to implement stronger environmental and fuel economy standards and expand the use of renewable fuels, clean diesel fuel is "poised to take on an even greater role in the U.S. transportation market," according to a newly-released Hart Energy Consulting report. More
Hybrid bus pursued for school transport
Princeton Times Leader Share
The county school district, in Princeton, Ky., may receive its first hybrid diesel/electric school bus within the next year, if a grant application submitted to the state recently is successful. School District Transportation Director Frank Brown updated the county school board on details of the grant. The state funds, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will cover the difference between the cost of a traditional diesel bus and a hybrid bus. More
Gas-tax revamp pushed to fund transportation projects
The Wall Street Journal Share
States are starting to lobby Congress to replace the decades-old federal tax on gasoline with a new system that would raise revenues to pay for highway and transit projects. The gas-tax proposal, being pitched by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, would have drivers at the pump pay an 8.4 percent tax on a gallon of gas instead of the current 18.4-cent tax. The tax on a gallon of diesel would be 10.6 percent instead of the current 24.4 cents. More
Phone app fights distracted driving with rewards
The Associated Press via Google News Share
Having trouble leaving the cell phone alone while you're driving, even though the distraction could get you and bystanders killed? Now, there's an app for that with cash rewards for resisting the pull of the phone. There's a wild flora of applications intended to combat distracted driving. The apps take differing approaches, as the industry tries to figure out how to curb behavior that by some estimates causes thousands of deaths every year. Safecellapp's innovation is that it pays its users, on the theory that money talks where the prospect of sudden death does not. More
NTSB to host aging driver safety forum next month
The National Transportation Safety Board will host a two-day public forum on safety issues related to the aging driver population, "Safety, Mobility, and Aging Drivers," on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. "Today, there are more than 30 million licensed drivers in the U.S. who are 65 years or older, and in just 15 years, this age group of drivers will comprise more than 20 percent of the entire U.S. driving population," NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said in a statement. "The NTSB has a particular interest in learning how to reduce injury risk in car accidents for drivers in this age category." More
Will the new gasohol recipe sell?
The New York Times Share
Will consumers want to buy E15, the ethanol blend that the Environmental Protection Agency says it will approve for cars in the 2007 model year and later? Will they even be able to find it? It will have some initial appeal, retailers predicted recently. Measured by volume, ethanol is cheaper than gasoline, so a blend that is 15 percent ethanol will have a lower cost per gallon than a blend that is at the current standard, 10 percent. But in a quirk of fuel production, it often turns out to be more expensive to use. Ethanol has about two-thirds as much energy per gallon as gasoline, so it has to sell for about one-third less than gasoline before it is equal in price per mile. More
If you haven't registered for the NAPT Summit there is still time! The easiest way to register is by going to our website www.napt.org and clicking on any of the links to our Annual Summit information. You can also register over the phone at (800) 989-6278.
We encourage you to check out the detailed agenda for our Summit. It has just been revised and updated! Please visit www.napt.org/summit.html for details about the program.
For those of you particularly interested in the transportation of students with special needs, check out the NAPT Special Needs Training (SNT) program. Pre-registration for the program at the Summit is available online. Please visit www.napt.org/summit.html for registration and related program information.
We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Ore., Oct. 30 Nov. 4, 2010! If you have any questions in the interim, give us a call at (800) 989-6278. We would be happy to hear from you!
Nov. 2 from 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Dr. Alexa E. Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for the US Department of Education, will explain how and why the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services supports programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals, particularly transportation.
Alexa Posny was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 5, 2009. In this position, she plays a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting special education and rehabilitative services.
She directs, coordinates and recommends policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies with improving the achievement of students with disabilities ages birth through 21, as well as adults transitioning from secondary school to higher education, employment or both. She helps ensure equal access to services leading to such improvement for all children, particularly children with disabilities. She fosters educational improvement at the state and local levels, and overseas the distribution of financial assistance to local education agencies whose local revenues are affected by federal activities. She also serves as the principal adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education on all matters related to special education for individuals in pre-K, elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools.