NAPT MultiView News Brief
Aug. 2, 2011

NAPT, US Department of Education anti-bullying training modules now available
In June, we announced the availability of bully prevention/intervention training — created jointly by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. We are pleased to announce the second module is available. Both training modules are free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying," focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at

"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project."More

The familiar yellow bus, a safe ticket to opportunity
Department of Transportation Fastlane
It's difficult to believe, but in less than a month, our local roadways once again will be populated by yellow school buses, moving America's most precious cargo to and from schools and neighborhoods. The folks who provide that essential service are not just carting passengers back and forth; they are connecting America's children with all of the great opportunities that come from the chance to learn, grow and succeed at school.More

FMCSA to hold Motorcoach Safety Summit
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is coordinating a National Motorcoach Safety Summit for the Department of Transportation. The strategic objectives are: to increase awareness of the importance of safety and enforcement among all stakeholders — industry, law enforcement, consumer groups and safety advocates; to identify policy related barriers and develop opportunities for addressing targeted challenges; to develop tools and resources for educating and training on the maintenance, operations and purchasing of motorcoach services; and to energize and empower stakeholders, partners and the public to take personal responsibility in making motorcoach transportation safer.More

Biodiesel industry claims stunning 5-to-1 return on fossil energy
Western Farm Press
Americans can feel more confident than ever in biodiesel's ability to meet today's energy needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to do the same. A new study shows production continues to be astonishingly energy-efficient in making biodiesel for diesel vehicles and home heating, demonstrating its long-term sustainability.More

Tucson Police Department uses traffic-camera videos on YouTube to promote safety
Arizona Daily Star
If you crash your vehicle on the streets of Tucson, you could end up on YouTube. The Tucson Police Department has uploaded videos of collisions from traffic cameras at various intersections on a YouTube channel called TucsonAZPD. More

2 alternatives to the gas tax
The Infrastructurist
New reports keep telling us to fix America's crumbling infrastructure, but they don't tell us how. The most obvious solution is to increase revenue by raising the gas tax, but public officials refuse to consider that response, even as the Highway Trust Fund nears bankruptcy. The House and the Senate recently proposed new transportation plans, but neither offered a clear alternative revenue source for highway funding.More

Teens aim to keep traffic fatalities low
Virginia roadways could be safer this year than they've ever been on record. Virginia State Police report that so far in 2011 there have been 395 deaths on the roads. One reason for that may be increased action by youth to keep their peers safe on the roads. Close to 88 schools across the state participate in "Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety."More

Volkswagen, Audi distracted driving awareness initiative helps move America down the road to safety
Department of Transportation Fastlane
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "A while ago, I encouraged companies to take up the fight against distracted driving by educating their employees about the dangers of texting or talking on a cellphone behind the wheel. Since then, employers across America have stepped up to the challenge and made distracted driving awareness a priority in the workplace."More

FCC ruling favors transportation-related use of 700 MHz broadband spectrum
AASHTO Journal
The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a declaratory ruling upholding the right of various transportation agencies and professionals to be among those allowed to use the 700 MHz broadband spectrum for public-safety purposes. Charlotte, North Carolina, had requested the ruling earlier this year to clarify which government entities — beyond just first responders and within the "critical infrastructure" category that includes transportation — would fall under the definition of "public safety services" in Section 337 of the Communications Act.More

Obama to set US fuel standard goal at 54.5 mpg by 2025
Chicago Tribune
President Barack Obama soon will announce a program to improve fuel efficiency for cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2017-2025, the White House said. The target will be 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, Democratic Congressman Edward Markey said. That would be a significant step up from current standards that require automakers to achieve 35.5 mpg by 2016.More

Why the future of transportation is all about real-time data
In order to tackle urban transportation challenges in cities around the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Research Foundation of Singapore launched a five-year cooperative project in 2009 — Future Urban Mobility — to look at new models and technology tools aimed at sustainability.More

If the debt ceiling isn't raised, what will happen to US infrastructure?
The Infrastructurist
The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report on what will happen to various federal programs if the United States fails to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2. After that date, according to the report, U.S. spending will be limited to its intake of roughly $172 billion for the rest of August. That means funding to certain programs will abruptly cease. The question, of course, is which programs.More

Off-campus cyberbullying, First Amendment
The Huffington Post
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a school's discipline of a student for engaging in off-campus cyberbullying of another student. More