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Zonar's new K12
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Why 70 miles per hour is the new 55
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Left to their own devices, American drivers confronted with an open stretch of interstate highway tend to drive at about 70 miles per hour—whatever the legal speed limit happens to be. That's the finding of an analysis of speed data gathered by TomTom Inc., a marketer of GPS navigation devices. This helps to explain why safety advocates and conservationists are losing the long-running debate over lowering freeway speed limits. More

Elementary school wants safer transportation for students
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The Board of Education had no policy on its books regarding sexual offenders on school property. At its meeting that night, the school board unanimously approved the district's first such policy. Missouri's Shepard Boulevard Elementary School hosted a meeting to discuss increasing safety walking and driving to and from school. More than 30 school community members and local residents participated in the safe routes to school community action planning meeting. More

School bus costs fueling need for other options
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The wheels on the bus go round and round - but for how much longer? The high cost of operating school buses has forced districts in Kern County and throughout the state of California to trim routes and staff, seek alternatives and, in the case of one local district, survey parents to see if they'd be willing to foot part of the cost. More

"Jump-Start" Rate Set for TSD&P, 2011

You've asked "How soon can I register?" So we've set Jump-Start Discounted Registration Fees for the 20th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers and related Workshops. You can Jump-Start Register at The conference is March 11-16, 2011 in Kansas City.

School bus drivers say financial pressures are building
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Some contractors say they are planning to sell their buses because there is no income in it anymore. Officials, contractors and drivers agree that one school bus contract simply doesn't provide enough profit to survive. But population growth in Maryland's Wicomico County has made it difficult for school bus driving to be the part-time job it once was. More

Worst states for distracted drivers
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Using iPhones and Blackberrys while behind the wheel in these areas of the country will result in harsh penalties. More

Solar power for buses
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SunPods Inc., a California-based manufacturer of modular, fully integrated and tested solar power generation systems, and Bauer Intelligent Transportation, a leading provider of chauffeured green transportation, recently teamed up to create what they say is the "first solar power-assist system for buses." And the system was developed in less than six weeks! More

Production scheduling minimizes time and costs
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Production schedules typically consist of machine loading charts, workforce rosters and materials requisition sheets. They also specify the items to be produced and the quantities to be produced. Shop floor managers thus have a complete picture of what they have to achieve and the resources available to achieve it. More

Group's 'Choice Bus' helps right Mississippi dropout rate
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Four out of every 10 students in Mississippi will drop out of high school, according to the Mississippi Department of Education. One group in the Jackson area brought 500 students together to try to change that statistic. 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

Federally funded study to bring thousands of electric cars to five states
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President Barack Obama has called on the U.S. to put 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015. But the country won't get anywhere close to that number until drivers are confident they can find places to recharging stations. More

Foursquare, Gowalla and the future of geo-location
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The mobile phone in your pocket is now about so much more than mere conversation. Email, the Web and maps have become basic parts of any new mobile, and those technologies are starting to come together. 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.

More cities ban digital billboards
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As the USA cracks down on texting while driving, more than a dozen cities around the nation have banned what some consider a growing external driving distraction: digital billboards. More

U.S. set to expand role in protecting air travelers
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The federal government is about to take a larger role in protecting airline passengers, starting with a new rule allowing travelers to get off a plane stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours. 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


2009 Deadline Fast Approaching For NAPT Call For Presentations!!


For a limited time only, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is accepting workshop and/or demonstration proposals for its 36th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show --- the NAPT SUMMIT --- October 30 - November 4 in Portland, OR. Winning proposals and speakers will be featured alongside nationally recognized, professional speakers at an event that attracts nearly 2,000 school transportation professionals from around the world.

Proposals should feature practical information and advice although proposals can also be based on formal papers or research. All proposals must be specifically tailored to meet the administrative or operational needs of pupil transportation professionals.

Proposals must be received no later than April 15. Selected entrants will be invited to participate in the conference no later than June 1.

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.

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition , authored by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities - 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

2010 NSBSW Posters Available Through NAPT

2010 National School Bus Safety Week
"Cross In View, It's the Right Thing to Do!"
October 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin to receive them at

Please Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2010 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!"

Thank You for Your Support of the Yellow School Bus!

As you know NAPT has been calling since early 2007 for a federal campaign to promote the yellow school bus and with your support we are so much closer! Several members of congress have agreed to send a letter to the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, urging him to allocate $5 million from his budget for this project.

We needed your help in this effort to write to your local representatives in order to persuade 50 congressional representatives to sign on to the letter and have received 48 thus far! We're hopeful two more will sign on 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. Let's continue to spread the word!

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™ SaaS
BusBoss™ SaaS is a powerful, easy to use and very affordable web-based routing and scheduling software solution. There’s no software to install, no hardware to set-up and is accessible whether you’re in the office or on the go. To find out more on how BusBoss™ SaaS 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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