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Feb. 14, 2012

NTSB Vice Chairman Chris Hart testifies on nationwide ban on driver cellphone use
National Transportation Safety Board
In December 2011, following a Board meeting on a 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Mo., the National Transportation Safety Board called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Following the meeting, Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said, "It's time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving."More

High Point's Thomas Built Buses Inc. recognized for outstanding environmental efforts
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently recognized High Point's Thomas Built Buses Inc. as a 2011 Environmental Steward. The award recognizes Thomas Built Buses' superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of its environmental impact and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance. The facility joins only 15 other facilities in the state who have achieved this recognition.More

America's commercial vehicles help deliver distracted driving message
U.S. Department of Transportation Fastlane
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "For three years, DOT has been actively working to make our roads safer by getting drivers to focus on one task and one task only: driving. Throughout that time, we've been fortunate to have terrific safety partners to help us deliver the message that one text or call could wreck it all. And I'm happy to add the Commercial Vehicle Training Association to the roster of organizations and companies supporting our work."More

10 best travel apps for frequent fliers
Gadling via The Huffington Post
While flying is essential in helping travelers get where they need to go, it can also, at times, be a hassle. Organizing your documents, flight delays, missed connections, expensive parking garages and keeping up with TSA requirements can really give you a headache when trying to plan a trip. Luckily, these 10 great apps for frequent fliers can help make your next flight stress free.More

Schools paying to bus homeless
The Sun Chronicle
Area school districts are projected to spend more than $200,000 this year to bus homeless children to other towns as a result of the state's participation in a federal program, and the state auditor says Massachusetts should pick up the tab. State Auditor Suzanne Bump issued the results of a statewide survey which found that school districts across the state are on track to spend close to $11.3 million this year on what she termed an "unfunded mandate."More

Giving city streets built-in safety features
When it comes to moving people around in healthy ways, New York City already has a leg up on most cities and towns. The city has sidewalks in all five boroughs; food stores and other shops are within walking distance of where most people live. It is served nearly everywhere by extensive, inexpensive and largely dependable public transportation. City children have long been able to walk, skate or scoot to school.More

At a showroom near you: Cars that tweet?
The Wall Street Journal
With Americans increasingly glued to devices and their constant flow of information, auto makers are rolling out what they call the "connected car." These vehicles can do everything from book a restaurant to delivering Twitter feeds — all at 65 miles an hour. There is more to come, too. More

State lawmakers considering stiffer fines for drivers who violate school-bus safety laws
State lawmakers are now looking to add more muscle to laws designed to get drivers to give school buses a break. Heads of transportation departments from school districts throughout Central New York recently met at the East Syracuse-Minoa School District bus garage to discuss, among other things, making students’ rides to and from school safer.More

Gas prices could spike 60 cents or more by May
USA Today
Get ready for another round of pain at the pump: $4, or higher, gasoline. Prices could spike another 60 cents or more by May. "I think it's going to be a chaotic spring, with huge price increases in some places," says Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service. Kloza expects average prices to peak at $4.05, although he and other industry trackers say prices could be sharply higher in some markets.More

School bus safety
VideoBrief Each day more than 1,400 students board school buses at Southern Columbia Area School District near Catawissa, Pa. According to district officials, each bus has over 50 students, and there are 40 buses and vans that drive the children to and from school. With the large amount of children and buses, how do parents know their children are safe? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest form of transportation.More