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Analysis finds uneasy mix in auto industry and regulation
The Washington Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dozens of former federal officials are playing leading roles in helping car makers handle federal investigations of auto defects, including those for Toyota's runaway-acceleration problems. More

Lodi Unified School District to discuss closing schools, eliminating buses
Lodi News-Sentinal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small schools could be consolidated and bus routes eliminated under reports to be discussed by California's Lodi Unified School District board members. The cost-saving items are among $29 million worth of ideas recommended by Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer's Budget Advisory Committee. More

West Virginia to turn school buses into ticket machines
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Faced with a $120 million budget deficit, West Virginia lawmakers are turning to school buses to bring in desperately needed revenue. The House of Delegates voted 98-0 to give final approval to House Bill 4223 which allows county school boards to deploy buses to issue $500 automated tickets. More

Kansas City is Site for TSD&P, 2011

Budget now and plan to attend the 20th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO. Room rate at the Hotel is $119 per night. The 14th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo will be held at Liberty High School. See 2010 Roadeo winners and list of exhibitors at this year's conference on web site.

Two school bus safety bills proposed in Connecticut
24/7 Press Release    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Laws and regulations are often evaluated after an accident occurs, and this is the case for two new school bus safety bills in Connecticut. According to the Hartford Courant, the first bill would require seat belts in all public school buses. While the second bill proposes higher fines for bus drivers with repeat traffic offences, as well as telephone information displayed on each bus so that other drivers can call and report unsafe or reckless driving. More

School bus seatbelts
WJHG-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A very recent school bus wreck in Florida's Gadsden County is renewing questions about seatbelts on buses. The student who died was thrown through the bus' windshield. And the bus was not equipped with the safety devices. School officials throughout the region say they're continuing to equip buses with seatbelts, but it's been a long, slow process. More

Despite violations, buses stay in service
WFSB-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite fines for safety violations, some school buses in Connecticut continue to stay in service, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. More

Finding the best 'school run' for the environment
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New research indicates that educational policies can affect the environmental, health and financial impacts of school commuting. It found that the most effective school-enrolment policy for reducing traffic emissions is to send children to the school closest to where they live. More

Laura Armstrong: Moms should ask tough questions, accept no excuses
The Marietta Daily Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If it seems I'm harping on the school bus controversy, well, I am. You see, I have a beautiful little boy who will be turning 5 years old on the first day of school on Aug. 2. All things considered, the thought of putting him on one of Grisham and Warner's buses not only concerns me, but angers me as well. More

Bus safety program is paying off, officials say
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was no fluke that an undercover Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy was aboard a Route 19 county bus last month, when a 17-year-old boy brandished a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun. 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

HART brings bus information to cell phones
Tampa Bay Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tampa Bay, Fla., HART passengers who use cell phones can use the devices to find out when the next bus is scheduled to show up at their stop as well as system service updates and bus stop locations. More

How good is your business intuition?
Yahoo! Small Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In my earlier working years, I got a real eye opener about the nuances behind estimating. In my subsequent 40 years in business I've come to learn several more lessons about how to sharpen estimating skills. More

Seeking more about potential drivers
Philly Burbs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Should school bus drivers be held to higher standards than other drivers when it comes to their driving records? More

Highway deaths drop to lowest level since 1950s
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The roads today are full of hazards: Runaway Toyotas, teen drivers texting, commuters using the rearview mirror to check their hair while juggling cups of scalding coffee. Nonetheless, the number of people dying on the highway is the lowest since the 1950s. 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.

Transit tests out hybrid bus
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The "most technologically advanced bus on the planet" is shadowing B.C. Transit buses on Greater Victoria streets this month to test it out as a potential new type of vehicle to carry a growing number of riders. More

Fla. license plates may become profitable ad space
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A Mickey Mouse license plate courtesy of Walt Disney World? How about a tag emblazoned with McDonald's golden arches, Nike's swoosh or, maybe, a Coke or Pepsi logo? That's the latest moneymaking idea being floated in the Florida Legislature in these hard economic times. 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

Education in 2020: What will our schools look like in 10 years?
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What will education in Michigan's Lenawee County look like in 10 years? Fewer school districts and more sharing of services are both likely developments, said Del Cochran, a former Adrian Public Schools superintendent who's now a consultant for the Lenawee Intermediate School District working on ways local school districts can work together to save money. 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!

Other Announcments

Winners Announced for 13th Annual National Special Needs Roadeo

The 13th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo was held in Orlando, Fla., on March 6. The annual event allows school bus drivers from across the country to display their skills and compete for national recognition.

First place was awarded to: Jacquelyn Turner and David O'Keeffe from Clayton County Schools, Hampton, Ga.; second place was secured by Labaro and Tammy Robertson from Moravia CSD, Moravia, N.Y.; and third place was garnered by Thomas Orr and Tyrone Pickney, of Jasper County Schools, in Ridgeland, S.C. Congratulations to winners and participants!

Planning has already begun for next year's competition. The roadeo will take place on March 11-13, 2011 in Kansas City, Mo.

Pictured: Bob Joseph, President, Sure-Lok (principal roadeo sponsor and banquet host); Thomas Orr, Jasper County Schools; first place winners Jacquelyn Turner and David O’Keeffe, Clayton County Schools; second place winners Tammy Labaro and Tammy Roberson, Moravia CSD; Maureen Arnitz, National Roadeo Coordinator; and Tyrone Pickney, Jasper County Schools.

The Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation are event administrations. Additional information can be found 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.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit or call 1.877.843.3847.
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.
BusBoss™ Professional
BusBoss™ Professional is a comprehensive planning, routing and scheduling, student transportation software program designed to make transportation services more efficient and cost effective by helping you optimize your entire transportation operation. To find out more on how our software solution can save your operation time and money visit us online at or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.

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Easily report & track discipline problems; instant email notifications. Web-based, nothing to install! Free trial, low cost.

Winners at National Special Needs Roadeo

A team from Georgia, takes 1st place in the 13th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. New York and S. Carolina follow. More.

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