NAPT MultiView News Brief
Dec. 14, 2010

In-car navigation systems: A dying breed?
The Wall Street Journal
A lot of drivers still prefer to find their way using the satellite navigation systems built into their vehicles instead of similar applications on their mobile phones. But current trends point to a day when the expensive, fixed and factory-installed navigation screen will be as much a relic as the car phone of the late 1980sMore

NTSB kicks off year-long effort on child passenger safety, debuts educational video
National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board recently concluded its public forum, Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced in her opening remarks that the forum marked the beginning of a year-long effort by the Board to promote child passenger safety across all modes of transportation. "Safety for our smallest travelers should not be considered optional or a luxury," said Chairman Hersman.More

House passes extension of transportation reauthorization
Streetsblog Capitol Hill
Remember those heady days in mid-2009, when Rep. Jim Oberstar introduced an ambitious, half-trillion dollar reauthorization that would transform the country's infrastructure? What the House passed recently, as part of the continuing resolution that will keep the government running at current spending levels through the end of the fiscal year, was no transformational piece of legislation. Instead, it was a "clean" extension of the transportation bill with very few changes to the current spending levels. The current extension was set to expire at the end of the year.More

States use technology and efficiency to cut the cost of battling winter
AASHTO
Major snowfall and freezing temperatures continue to impact a large portion of North America this week, although winter doesn't officially begin until December 21. The National Weather Service says a La Niña is at least partially responsible and the agency predicts this weather pattern could cause a second consecutive year of record snowfalls in many parts of the United States. The challenge for most state transportation departments will be to maintain a high level of service this winter season without the benefit of additional financial resources. Many states have already turned to new technology and environmentally sensitive solutions to cut costs and improve efficiency.More

Technology brings new level of abuse
Martinsburg Journal
Children spend a large part of their day at school and many bullying experiences occur at school or on the school bus, but that doesn't mean bullying is a product of the educational system or limited to the school day. In fact, bullying outside of school may be the most vicious because often there is no adult supervision or safe haven. While bullying on the playgrounds or at an after-school activity is not a new problem, parents now also must deal with cyber bullying through telephone calls, e-mails and texting.More

Backover technology to be phased in, NHTSA says
Occupational Health & Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published its proposed requirement recently for phasing in technology so the drivers of passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and low-speed vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less can see the area immediately behind their vehicles. The agency believes the best currently available technology is rear-view video cameras, but its proposal leaves manufacturers free to use other means to achieve visibility by drivers of the area immediately behind their vehicles.More

The greenest way to send your kids to school
The Daily Green
When it's time to send your children off to school, put them on the school bus, instead of driving them in your own vehicle (unless they are close enough to walk or bike). These days, about 25 percent of children ride the big yellow bus. It may be counterintuitive to some, but the school bus is actually the safest way for children to travel to school, according to the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering.More

Feds: Common sense, technology will cut distracted driving deaths
eWEEK
Federal transportation officials are looking to get ahead of a story that broke last week indicating that they are looking into technologies that could block the use of a cell phone while driving as part of a larger effort to reduce accidents caused by people talking or texting behind the wheel.More

Have stimulus funds helped spur educational technology gains?
eSchool News
Nearly two years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed, two new reports offer varying perspectives on how successful the billions of dollars in federal stimulus funds were in spurring educational technology gains and school reform. One report, from the State Educational Technology Directors Association, highlights important educational technology gains across many states, while another report takes a more critical look at the effect that federal stimulus funds have had on education and school reform in general. Both reports warn that the future will be less than smooth for cash-strapped districts once the stimulus funds run out.More

Bipartisan industry leaders issue urgent call for overhauling transportation policy
Bipartisan Policy Center
Members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project and the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission say that continuing our existing transportation policies "will further damage our economic health." More