NAPT MultiView News Brief
Dec. 15, 2009

Cell-phone ban for CTA workers leads to 11 firings
Chicago Tribune
Ten Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers and one rail employee have been fired in the last four months for violating the transit agency's new zero-tolerance rule banning the use of personal cell phones and other electronic devices while on duty, according to records obtained by the Tribune.More

EPA unveils new policies on water at schools
ABC News
The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities and pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools.More

Kansas late on payments to schools
The Topeka Capital-Journal
A cash crunch forced Kansas to delay $173 million in aid payments to its public schools this month, and a top education official said that a few districts need help from the state to make their December payrolls.More

School bus driver implores: stop endangering kids
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution received a moving letter from a school bus driver in the wake of the death of a 5-year-old girl in Cobb, Ga., as she exited a school bus.More

EPA declares Greenhouse gases a danger; vehicle emissions regulation next step
AASHTO Journal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency legally declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare, triggering a requirement of the Clean Air Act that such emissions be regulated. Automobile emissions are expected to be the first subject of the new climate rules. More

Paterson cuts $750 million in school and local aid
The New York Times
Gov. David A. Paterson announced that he would unilaterally withhold $750 million in scheduled payments to schools and local governments, saying that strong action was necessary to protect New York State from insolvency.More

Plainview school buses were booze party vehicles
The Houston Chronicle
Plainview school buses no longer will be rented out for parties after some college students in Lubbock, Tx., allegedly drank shots of liquor on board.More

Redlands High School students could lose bus services
Redlands Daily Facts
Budget cuts soon could force the Redlands Unified School District to stop using buses to take high school students from home to school and back.More

ES-M parents upset over restrictions on when Santa can visit school
Syracuse
For years, Santa has visited Syracuse, N.Y., Woodland Elementary School's cafeteria on the day before the holiday break in December to mingle with the children and pass out candy canes. But, this year Santa's visits have new strings attached.More

New publication: Incorporating Weather Impacts in Traffic Estimation and Prediction Systems
Federal Highway Administration
Traffic analysis tools used in practice typically ignore the effect of weather, and hence lack essential features to support weather-related traffic management. This study overcomes this deficiency by developing weather-sensitive traffic prediction and estimation models and incorporating them in Traffic Estimation and Prediction tools.More

New publication: Road Weather Management Performance Metrics: Implementation and Assessment
Federal Highway Administration
Guided by goals in national legislation, FHWA's Road Weather Management Program seeks to improve the level of service on roads and reduce vehicle crashes through a combination of road weather research, scientific innovations to invigorate the private sector weather enterprise, and multifaceted education and outreach programs to engage public transportation agencies.More