NAPT MultiView News Brief
Oct. 5, 2010

US Transportation Secretary LaHood announces final recovery act transit grant
Federal Transit Administration
In announcing a $2.2 million grant for Indiana's Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation, or "CityBus," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the final grant for public transit awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "The Recovery Act is making a difference in Lafayette and in cities and communities across America," said Secretary LaHood. "It has let us strengthen our transportation infrastructure and create thousands of jobs when we urgently need them." More

Warning labels on cellphones proposed
The Washington Post
Cigarette packages and alcoholic beverages carry labels warning that they may be hazardous to your health. Should cellphones come with them, too? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed the idea Tuesday at a conference he convened in Washington to address the issue he has made his pet passion: distracted driving. The labels would warn that using a cellphone while driving is dangerous.More

US senate holds oversight hearing on NHTSA
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an oversight hearing on Highway Bill Safety provisions. The focus of the hearing was on federal and state safety programs authorized by Congress in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act — a legacy for users and administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.More

TRIP studies road conditions
Twenty-four percent of the nation's major metropolitan roads have pavements in poor condition, resulting in rough rides and costing the average urban motorist $402 annually in additional vehicle operating costs, according to a new report by TRIP, a national transportation research group. Driving on roads in disrepair increases consumer costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation, increasing the frequency of needed maintenance and increasing fuel consumption and tire wear.More

DOT grants $9.2 million to improve transportation safety, sustainability
Commercial Carrier Journal
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $9.2 million in grants to seven University Transportation Centers that are using new technologies and developing innovative approaches to improve transportation systems throughout the country. "You don't have to look far to see the impact of research conducted by the University Transportation Centers," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "From reducing congestion along vital transportation corridors to exploring transportation applications for newly developed advance composites, these universities are advancing research aligned with our national priorities."More

Obama presses for longer school years
The Boston Globe
Barely into the new school year, President Barack Obama issued a tough-love message to students and teachers recently — their year in the classroom should be longer, and poorly performing teachers should get out. American students are falling behind some of their foreign counterparts, especially in math and science, and that's got to change, Obama said. Seeking to revive a sense of urgency that education reform may have lost amid the recession's focus on the economy, Obama declared that the future of the country is at stake.More

Brazil's ethanol producers take a big bet on biofuels
Financial Times Energy Source
Brazil's sugar cane industry has recently been trumpeting that five of its processing mills have been approved by the U.S. government to sell their ethanol in the United States. The fact that the mills are bothering to go through the registration process, which includes filling out forms and allowing an engineering review, is significant, and shows renewables are no longer the pet project of many Americans. With the U.S. perhaps distracted by its pressing economic difficulties, producers in other countries have started to get in on the act.More

McGee's, others' school-bus seatbelt bills falter again
Marblehead Reporter
As Massachusetts' new texting-while-driving ban took effect recently, a handful of state lawmakers continued to press for a public-safety-related change in the way students travel to school. They want them strapped in seatbelts. While seatbelt use is required in cars in Massachusetts, a group of legislators have for several years have tried unsuccessfully to make it mandatory for school buses to be equipped with seatbelts. More

NAPT webinar series

Your role as a leader instilling customer service

The delivery of excellent service should be viewed as a way of life within an organization. Great customer service doesn't just happen, it must be planned and managed if it is to be delivered consistently. This means engraining it into the fabric of the organization so that it becomes known that service excellence is "how we do business".

To do this, a process approach is necessary. It starts with establishing a service philosophy and service standards so all employees know the expectations of how to deliver great service. Leaders must then develop, educate and implement the systems to carry them out. This program will identify the process and leadership actions needed to then ensure the service philosophy and service standards are woven into all aspects of the organization.

If you cannot attend — please visit our website ( to view the archived version at a later time. Click on the Communication link, then the Webinar Series link. You will see the Webinar Archive on the right hand side of the page.

We'd love to hear from you about the webinars. Feel free to make suggestions for future topics, as well! More

'Stop on red, kids ahead' video!
The Florida Departments of Education, Transportation and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles have collaborated to create an educational video on school bus safety in celebration of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 18 – 22, 2010. To see the video, "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead" click on this link:

To learn more about programs in Florida, go to the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website at

Kids4Trees could use your help!
Kids4Trees, established in 2008, serves students and National Forests and State Parks by providing tree-planting events with environmental educational workshops, music, art and inspirational Olympic athletes — provided by international partner and fiscal sponsor, Olympians Association.

Their mission is to provide no-cost outdoor educational tree reforestation and other planting programs and events for 6-12 year old students, Scouts, particularly from low income and minority schools and neighborhoods.

Since 2008, over 7,000 children have planted 10,000 trees throughout the United States. As a result of these efforts, the U.S. Forest Service recognizes Kids4Trees as one of its premiere nationwide environmental education programs.

Kids4Trees, a national participating partner with the USDA Forest Service, is requesting assistance in securing bus transportation in various U.S. Forest programs, listed below.

Spring Planting Event Schedule — 2011

March 24-26 — Los Padres National Forest, Frazier Park, Calif.

March 30–April 1 — Tucson Schools w/4H, Ariz.

April 6–8 — Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District, N.M.

April 11–13 — Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyo.

April 15–16 — Pike National Forest, Colo.

April 20–23 — Bienville National Forest, Miss.

April 27–30 — Tuskegee National Forest, Ala.

May 4–7 — Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee-Guwassee Ranger District, Tenn.

May 11–13 — Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District, Tenn.

If you can help or would like more information, please visit: