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Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areas
Science Daily    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher. More

With Federal stimulus money gone, many schools face budget gaps
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Federal stimulus money has helped avoid drastic cuts at public schools in most parts of the nation, at least so far. But with the federal money running out, many of the nation's schools are approaching what officials are calling a "funding cliff." More

Wi-Fi turns rowdy bus into rolling study hall
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Students endure hundreds of hours on yellow buses each year getting to and from school in this desert exurb of Tucson, Ariz., and stir-crazy teenagers break the monotony by teasing, texting, flirting, shouting, climbing (over seats) and sometimes punching (seats or seatmates). More

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Creativity thrives in tough times. Learn what's working during the 19th National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Best practices training by recognized experts. Practical solutions; workable answers. Brainstorm with the best at our General Session: Special Needs Transportation in a Sour Economy: Avoiding Unintended Consequences of Retrenching.

U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Panel getting to work
Occupational Health & Safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Feb. 24 Web conference is the start for members to advise DOT on the next five years of work on communication technologies to significantly reduce highway crashes and make travel more efficient in all modes. A one-hour Web conference has been scheduled for Feb. 24 to allow the newly appointed members of DOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee (ITSPAC) to begin their work. More

Teens' social media use on the rise, but fewer are blogging
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The use of social-networking Web sites among young Americans continues to climb, with nearly three-fourths of American teens now using these sites. But fewer teens and young adults are blogging now than four years ago, and the number of those who use Twitter is still very low. More

Panel to consider second school bus safety bill
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A second bill promoting school bus safety would increase fines for repeat violations and require buses to display phone numbers where motorists could report unsafe driving. More

Suburban fire; Mini Buses also with same wiring issue
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David Gray, Director of Transportation at Joliet (IL) Township High School recently distributed an interesting news item that all of you might want to see. A 2006 Chevrolet Suburban owned by JTHS recently caught fire because of a defective wiring harness for the heater motor. Since this occurred, they have replaced defective wiring harnesses on two 2006 Chevrolet mini buses. More

Free airport Wi-Fi takes off
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Today it's unusual to find a U.S. airport without at least one wireless Internet provider. And there is a steadily increasing number of large and hub airports, including Denver, Pittsburgh and Orlando, where the Wi-Fi is free. "It's almost become a required amenity," says Sea-Tac airport spokesperson Perry Cooper, "Passengers expect it now." More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at MORE

Drivers, cars are ill-equipped when panic sets in
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You're driving down the highway and suddenly your car starts accelerating on its own. Knuckles white, going from 60 to 90 miles an hour in seconds, you do what comes naturally - hit the brakes. But what if the car keeps going? More

Smart transportation is about more than wires and chips
Regional Plan Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Public transportation in the New York region desperately need smart technologies. In the information age, smartphone-toting riders rightfully expect accurate, immediate information about their trips. Century-old signal and electrical installations go begging for replacement parts, as vendors abandon manufacture of products obsolete everywhere else in the world. More

School bus wrecks are cause for concern
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School buses are lit up like bright yellow Christmas trees, wrapped in reflective tape and strung with dozens of flashing lights. But considering the frequency of bus crashes during the first semester — one every 1.84 school days — school buses might as well have bull's-eyes painted on their side. More

Budget woes at a California school district could affect transportation
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Ken Kesey, the famous '60s Merry Prankster, told his fellow hippies, "You're either on the bus or you're off the bus." That slogan may come back to haunt students, parents and educators here facing some of the deepest budget cuts in history. More

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Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.

Education groups 'extremely concerned' over EETT cut in Obama budget
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If adopted by Congress without alteration, President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget would pump an additional $3.5 billion into education. But it would also cut the sole source of dedicated federal funding for education technology, and that has three prominent ed tech advocacy groups worried. More

Safety first: Transportation director keeps kids out of harm's way
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The transportation of the most precious cargo on board a military base is the responsibility of Mike Frechette, CFAY Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) transportation director. Frechette, who has been working in his position for more than 10 years, oversees the commute of more than 800 children to and from school everyday and the safe transport of students on field trips, sporting excursions and other special events throughout the year. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

Special Announcments

Driver Training Course

The School Bus Safety Company's Driver Training Course was the first ever NAPT Recommended Product. Since then, the course has received great acclaim from many of the leaders in our industry.

"This is an outstanding course that can be used to help every operation raise their safety practices and reduce their risk of incidents and liability. In fact, I have never seen school bus driver training materials of this quality and detail and I recommend their use to all districts, Head Starts and contractors." - Ted Finlayson-Schueler, President, Safety Rules

"I am pleased to recommend this school bus driver program because I feel it is the best and the most comprehensive that I have seen. Feel free to use me as a reference." - Ed Donn, Industry Consultant, 247 Security Inc.

The course is now in use at more than 200 school districts and contractors including 13 of School Bus Fleet's top 100 districts and 5 of the top 15 contractors. If you would like to review the course, visit the School Bus Safety Company Web site at You can request a free demo disk and written materials to allow you to examine this product in detail.

Special price for NAPT members: As we all know, the knowledge and skill of the school bus driver is what makes our industry as safe as it is for the students you transport. That's why we negotiated on your behalf the lowest price possible for this product. NAPT members can purchase the entire course for $3,100 - this is a $650 saving from the regular price and and demonstrates one of the major benefits of being a member of NAPT.

We will continue to add NAPT recommended products to the range of benefits you receive by virtue of your membership in NAPT. Stay tuned for more announcements in the next few weeks.



National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
February 18

NTSB to meet on "Most Wanted" Safety Improvements for Federal Agencies

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. The Board will review its list of Most Wanted safety recommendations directed at federal agencies.

The Most Wanted List was developed in 1990 to focus attention on safety improvements the Board believes will have the greatest impact on transportation safety. Some of the issues to be reviewed this year include emergency helicopter medical services, intelligent highway technologies, motor carrier operations and operator fatigue.

The Board will also discuss issues concerning rail car design and marine safety management systems.

A live and archived Webcast of the proceedings will be available on the Board's Web site at Technical support details are available under "Board Meetings." To report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for Webcast Technical Support.

Directions to Board Room: Front door located on Lower 10th Street, directly below L'Enfant Plaza. From Metro, exit L'Enfant Plaza station at 9th and D Streets escalator, walk through shopping mall, at CVS store take escalator down one level. Board room will be to your left.

NTSB Press Contact: Ted Lopatkiewicz, (202) 314-6100,




Jeannette Sutton
Research Associate
Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado at Boulder

WHEN: February 18, 2010

Webinar participants will learn about the uses of social media during the Virginia Tech school shooting as well as a number of other recent disaster events. Drawing from empirical research, the presenter will show how social media may be a useful strategy for internal and external communications in future crisis events.

Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D. is a disaster sociologist who specializes in the study of public responses to alerts and warnings. Her research area includes the uses of new technologies and social networks for crisis communication. She is research faculty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the co-founder of the Center for New Media and Resilience.



Gregg Marshall
President of Rep Connection, Inc.
Speaker, Author, Consultant
Webinar Title: Social Media, Part I

WHEN: March 17, 2010

Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.
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Gatekeeper High Resolution Bus Video Systems with MAXVIEW™
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Special Transportation Conference Countdown

More than 40 sessions, three 8-hour workshops, a bustling exhibit hall, and lemonade. Join us in sunny Orlando.  More.

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