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Life-saving mandate? Every Oregon school would have an automatic defibrillator
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It's likely that every Oregon school will be required to have an automatic heart defibrillator available by 2015, reports the Oregonian. More

State DOTs use social networking to get the word out
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More and more state transportation departments are using social networking sites to get the word out to the traveling public, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. More

Parents win battle, buses will have winter tires
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Transport Canada has told school districts in New Brunswick to outfit their multi-purpose vehicles with winter tires by the end of this week. More

Bluth, Hood, Pollard on Restraint Regulation

Join officials from state governments and national associations in this important dialogue on regulatory initiatives on restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, collaboration, and priorities within the Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, USDOE. Register now for the 19th National Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers Conference, March 5-10, Orlando.

School bus movies to fight bullying and bad behavior
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Films and TV programs are being screened on school buses across north Wales, U.K. in a bid to reduce noise and bad behavior on the way home. More

Glimpse the wireless future of transportation
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The coming convergence of how we communicate and how we travel is spawning technologies that will change how we get around — and make transportation safer and more efficient, at the same time. The promise of vehicles communicating with each other and with the road, coupled with advancements in transportation infrastructure, has planners, technocrats and futurists creating an Intelligent Transportation System. More

Road salt melts snow, but it contaminates groundwater and damages habitats
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With all the snow, road crews have been spreading loads of salt all over the sidewalks and roads. We know it wreaks havoc on our cars. What does it do to the environment? More

Bill would require school boards to examine transportation safety issues
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Nebraska state, the federal government and Lincoln Public Schools all have programs encouraging students to walk or bike to school for good health reasons. Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm sees that as somewhat at odds with putting schools in places where children must cross major highways or walk in ditches to get there. More

Cell Cease application reduces cause of distractions and accidents for teens
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A new cell phone application named the Cell Cease application has been designed to limit all the distractions caused during driving. This application will block all the calls and texts while a vehicle is in motion. More

New legislation could change transportation for non-public school students
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Legislation is currently making its way through the Capitol that would change transportation for non-public school students. Currently public schools must transport private and charter school students. While the state offers funding to offset those costs, it is not enough to cover them completely. 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

Cashing in
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Rep. Jim Bird is thinking outside the bus in a well-intended attempt to come to the rescue of hard-hit elementary and secondary schools, by proposing House Bill 393 to allow districts to sell advertising space on the outside of school buses. More

How to track your company's critical numbers
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Working with a great accountant is an asset; leaning too hard on one can be a flaw. Any executive should have an easy-to-update balance sheet of critical numbers to turn to anytime. We walk you through the key steps to boosting your financial literacy. More

10 examples of tremendous business leadership
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Great leadership can be hard to come by. With all the politics and blaming that can go on within an organization, many companies are lacking good, solid leadership from people who are willing to stick to their word. More

DPS to privatize bus services
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The 22,300 Detroit Public Schools students who take the school bus will soon be transported by private firms, according to a recent announcement. More

All Wisconsin Metro buses soon to have video cameras
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Metro Transit is set to finish installing surveillance cameras on all 203 of its buses by mid-March, something officials say has improved safety both on and near buses. More

They're Simple! Effective! Convenient!

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.

The truth about student fares: MTA a huge bargain for state and city
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A new round of MTA Board hearings gets started this week, and the biggest flashpoint is sure to be the student MetroCard program. More

Anti-terrorism program trains Texas bus drivers
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It's not just security cameras local school districts rely on, it is their faith in school bus drivers trained by a special program. The same team that trains anti-terrorism tactics is showing schools how to deal with criminal and suspicious activity. 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


October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our annual conference offers something for everyone. Visit us online at and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to do list" in 2010.

To make you your hotel reservation, click here.

Please Help Us Promote the Yellow School Bus!

NAPT has been calling since early 2007 for a federal campaign to promote the yellow school and we now have a shot to make it happen. Several members of Congress have agreed to send a letter to the Secretary of Transportation urging him to allocate $5 million dollars from his budget for this project. The more members of Congress that support this effort, the better our chance of success.

Please write your local representative and encourage him/her to support this endeavor. A sample letter you can send has been provided on our NAPT Web site in the Industry News section. Please fax or email your letter to your Congressional representative, as this is the fastest method of delivery. To find your local representative, visit this Web site:

As you know, the yellow school bus is the safest form of ground transportation in the country - it saves lives, reduces energy consumption, diminishes traffic congestion, and therefore, also helps the environment. Now is the time to let everyone in on the story.

Please act today!

For more information, you may also visit NSTA's (National School Transportation Association) Web site at

NAPT Free Webinar Series


WHAT:  Social Media, Part 1
WHEN: March 17
TIME: 2:00 PM, ET

Webinar Description: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube. So many options, potentially so much time. How can you use social media to connect with your constituents and still have time to sleep at night? In part 1 of this 2 part webinar series, we'll talk about what is social media and cover the first 2 of 4 pillars of your social media plan - listening and building relationships.

About the Speaker: Gregg Marshall, CSP, CPMR, is president of Rep Connection Inc., a consulting company that works to help maximize the effectiveness of manufacturers and their professional outsourced field sales forces (reps), especially in the areas of electronic commerce and partner results optimization. He is also a frequent speaker and author.

Gregg Marshall
President of Rep Connection, Inc.
Speaker, Author, Consultant


WHAT:  Creating a Culture of Service Excellence
WHEN: April 8
TIME: 1:00 PM, ET

Webinar Description: Service excellence is more than smiling nice and maintaining good eye contact. It is an all-encompassing approach to making "excellence" the way you do business. "Everything Speaks" in your environment, what people see, hear, smell and touch impacts their experience. Even if you never "sell" a product, everyone your organization interacts  with is a customer, even your employees. Today's customer is looking for value  and for the organization that is focused on delivering that value and earning their trust. This webinar will share insights on how your organization can consistently deliver superior value to its customers.

About the Speaker: Teri Yanovitch, former keynote speaker at the Disney Institute, shares best practices of customer service developed at the Walt Disney Company. She is the co-author of two books: "Unleashing Excellence - The Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service" and "Retain or Retrain - How to Keep The Good Ones From Leaving."

Teri Yanovitch
Speaker, Author, Consultant


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.
Synovia's Time and Attendance capabilities will help you eliminate wasteful spending and increase the accountability from your drivers. Our software integrates seamlessly with many payroll systems, helping you save money on payroll and administrative time and helping streamline an otherwise manual process. For high value and unbeatable ROI, visit us online at or call 1.877.SYNOVIA.
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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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