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Could school bus ads save school budgets?
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School districts have imposed all sorts of drastic cuts to save money during the down economy, canceling field trips and making parents pay for everything from tissues to sports transportation. And some have now resorted to placing advertisements on school buses. School districts say it's practically free money, and advertisers love the captive audience that school buses provide. That's the problem, say opponents. More

Pa. lawmaker wants review of school bus driver licensing regulations
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State lawmakers are taking a closer look at the licensing requirements for school bus drivers in Pennsylvania following a deadly crash in Montgomery County last month involving a bus driver who was involved in another fatal crash more than a decade ago. More

Senators pump gas fee into bill
POLITICO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Climate bill supporters are leaning toward exempting big oil companies from a broader cap on greenhouse gases as a way of winning critical support from industry players and key lawmakers. 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.

Safety coalition urges Congress to help cut highway deaths
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The State Highway Safety Alliance and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have joined forces to call for an aggressive plan to prevent hundreds of thousands of highway fatalities over the next twenty years through the upcoming surface transportation authorization bill. More

RTA offers Tri-C students discount after STEP voted down
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A new pilot program will offer Tri-C (Cuyahoga Community College) students a $100 discount to ride the RTA for a semester. Students will pay $240, a 30 percent discount over four monthly passes, but details about how students will be charged are still being worked out. More

After 23 F's, seat belt bill passes a test
The Connecticut Mirror    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rep. Antonio Guerrera, co-chairman of the legislature's Transportation Committee in Connecticut, set out to require installation of seat belts on all school buses now, but he's satisfied with a compromise that will have every child buckled up sometime around 2024. More

Students will lobby state, city for free MetroCards from MTA
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Student leaders pledged to lobby New York state and city to save their free MetroCards after meeting privately with the MTA chairman. More

Economy not helping bus driver recruitment
AZ Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recruiting school bus drivers is always tough, and the poor economy isn't necessarily making it any easier, according to Tim Siemon, transportation director for Arizona's Fountain Hills Unified School District, who presented a transportation report to the governing board. More

Gadgets in emergency vehicles seen as peril
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They are the most wired vehicles on the road, with dashboard computers, sophisticated radios, navigation systems and cellphones. While such gadgets are widely seen as distractions to be avoided behind the wheel, there are hundreds of thousands of drivers — police officers and paramedics — who are required to use them, sometimes at high speeds, while weaving through traffic, sirens blaring. 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

37Signals' 13 simple rules for success in business
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The founders of 37Signals have a new book out, and it promises to rethink the traditional business plan with simpler solutions to creating a successful business. Stripped of all big words and fancy strategies, Rework's collection of short, inspiring essays advocates a "less is more" approach to starting your own business, handing out tips on increasing productivity and debunking myths in business. This slideshow offers the key points. More

Group tasked with boosting long-haul health of truck drivers
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Truck drivers' average life expectancy of 55-57 years is a startling statistic that Dr. John McElligott is trying to change by making physical examinations for America's 14 million commercial drivers more accessible, even taking to the satellite radio airwaves to get his message to truckers. More

Transparent leadership starts from within
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Are you a transparent leader? Soon after taking office, President Obama issued an executive order calling for agencies to be transparent, participatory and collaborative as a means to strengthen democracy and make government more efficient and effective. More

Bus video raises many questions
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The startling video that depicts a Pennsylvania Perkiomen Valley school bus driver allegedly blowing through 10 stop signs before being involved in a fatal crash raises questions about how often bus camera footage is reviewed. 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.

Airport security a worldwide problem
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The U.S. is working hard to forge agreements with other nations to improve airport security worldwide after a failed Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. More

Drivers: Bus bid process flawed
The Michigan Citizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Robert Bobb, state-appointed emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, announced in February his intention to fully outsource school bus services. Now, drivers and mechanics, whose jobs are in jeopardy, are fighting back. 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!

Only One More Week!

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:

The deadline is this Friday, March 26! We need 50 representatives on board. We've made good progress; but still need your help to complete this letter writing campaign. Send your letter today!

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.

NAPT Free Webinar Series


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™ Express
BusBoss™ Express is a complete routing and scheduling, student transportation software program designed specifically for customers transporting less than 1000 students. School districts with smaller budgets benefit from a lower cost, yet highly functional routing and scheduling application. To find out more on how BusBoss™ Express can save your operation time and money visit us online at or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.

#1 Bus Conduct Tracking System

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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