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Aug. 3, 2010

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces second National Distracted Driving Summit
Media Newswire
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held on September 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Secretary LaHood will convene leading transportation officials, safety advocates, and others to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts.More

Obama defends education program
The New York Times
Saying that reforming education is perhaps "the economic issue of our time," President Obama went before a major civil rights organization on Thursday to defend his main education program against criticisms from some minority and teachers groups. More

Fatal school bus crash spurs rules change
Reading Eagle
Employers of school bus drivers and other commercial vehicle operators will get more extensive driving histories of their employees and prospective employees, thanks to new state guidelines. The state Department of Transportation recently revised its driver record check system to include all accidents and whether anyone was killed, injured or property was damaged.More

Airfares may be 'bargains,' but extra fees have soared
Los Angeles Times
Domestic airfares across the nation increased nearly 5 percent in the first three months of 2010 from the same period in 2009, and yet the trade group that represents the nation's airlines calls the numbers good news for passengers.More

Mileage fee alternative to gas tax?
The Columbus Dispatch
Motorists pay at the pump through gasoline taxes. It's more or less fair, too: The more you drive, the more you pay. But people involved in transportation planning and construction say that model is breaking down as many vehicles get better gas mileage or don't use gasoline at all. More

High tech bus routes
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Valdosta City School System will use technology to mark bus stops and plan bus routes this school year. Earlier this year, the school system purchased a transportation management system called Routefinder, said Alvin Hudson, assistant superintendent. The system uses information pulled from the student information database to identify bus routes and bus stops, he said.More

Seat belt bill for school buses gets low priority
News Telegram
Of the millions venturing out on to the streets and highways in Massachusetts each day, only one group goes without a requirement for seat belts — schoolchildren. For decades while state and federal laws pushed seat belt mandates on car manufacturers and the public, school bus operators here have had no requirement to provide seat belts or shoulder safety straps for children.More

Last-minute funding for education jobs looks grim
eSchool News
The fate of additional funding that might save thousands of teachers' jobs remains uncertain after a $10 billion education jobs bill failed to pass in Congress, leaving many schools in the lurch as districts determine how many teaching positions their recession-riddled budgets can support.More

E-Education Inc. seeks the mainstream
Education Week
Experts say for-profit providers of online courses — long seen as an option for home-schoolers and a potential rival to public schools — are breaking into the public education mainstream as more schools mix face-to-face classes and online courses to expand their curricular offerings.More

Swiss test traffic super cameras
The Sydney Morning Herald
Swiss police are testing a new generation of super cameras that are able to detect up to 10 kinds of traffic offences. The new camera to be put into service at the end of August in the Swiss city of Geneva will first take on the regular job of catching speeding and red light offences.More

Most teens still driving while distracted
USA Today
Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers have engaged in distracted-driving behaviors such as texting or talking on a cellphone although most of them know that their actions increase their risk of crashing, a new survey finds.The survey by Seventeen magazine and auto club AAA highlights the difficulty of the nation's efforts to stop texting while driving, especially among young drivers.More

MTA could learn from Charles Village slaying
Baltimore Sun
The Maryland Transit Administration gets blamed for a lot of things, but one thing the agency can't be faulted for is the chain of events that led to the slaying of Stephen Pitcairn in Charles Village a week ago. This tragedy should get MTA thinking about what they could better serve the next young person who comes into Penn Station late at night with the choice of a risky walk or a much safer bus ride.More

FHWA announces $9.7 million in grants to fund innovative approaches to congestion
Seven states will receive more than $9.7 million as part of a national program to encourage innovative strategies to relieve congestion. California, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia and Washington received grants for 10 projects under the Federal Highway Administration's Value Pricing Pilot Program. More

DOT, Seventeen magazine, and AAA launch National Two-Second Turnoff Day video challenge
Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Seventeen magazine and AAA recently announced their National Two-Second Turnoff Day Viral Video Challenge, a contest that will run from until September 10 to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of talking and texting while driving.More

Transfinder teams with Zonar to offer school districts a low cost GPS system
Transfinder, a national leader in transportation management software solutions for school districts, recently announced that the company has teamed with GPS hardware manufacturer, Zonar Systems, to offer school districts a low-cost integrated solution. Transfinder will market and deliver RouteTracer, its new GPS bundle, to its school district clients and Zonar will provide installation and service for its hardware.More

Move toward national texting ban
The Observer
Not since the introduction of seatbelts has there been a traffic safety issue that has caused such concern among legislators and consumer protection organizations. With the rapid growth of cell-phones during the last few years, followed by the widespread practice of texting, distracted driving has become a life-and-death issue in America.More