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Seat belt lack can be used in bus suit
The Huntsville Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled the lack of seat belts in a school bus that crashed in Huntsville in 2006, killing four students, can be used in a lawsuit against the bus manufacturer. The court's unanimous opinion reversed a ruling by former Madison County Circuit Court Judge Loyd Little, who had ruled the issue of seat belts in school buses should be addressed by the Legislature, not the courts. More

Greenville school bus fires raise concerns
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A second fire similar to one that destroyed a school bus in Greenville County has raised concerns that more buses of the same type could be unsafe, the director of the state Department of Education's Transportation Office told The Greenville News. More

School bus company threatening to stop service
Wake MyNC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There could be problems getting hundreds of North Carolina Wake County kids to and from school soon. Lucas Transportation, which handles the buses for some 800 special needs children, says it's going broke, and can't continue under the current contract 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.

Stoughton bus fee to jump by $110 in fall
The Stoughton Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting in September, families of students who pay to ride the bus will pay $110 more per child. The Stoughton County Massachusetts School Committee voted to increase the bus transportation fee from $250 to $360, a 44 percent increase. More

Driving-record policy to change in wake of school-bus crash
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Spurred by a fatal school-bus accident in Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this fall will change its policy governing what driving-record information is released to prospective employers of school-bus drivers in the state. More

More transportation funding necessary to reduce congestion, survey finds
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Eight out of 10 people say an expanded transportation system is needed, and nearly 60 percent think more funding should go towards bus, rail and other public transportation services, according to results from a recent public opinion poll. More

U.S. revamps screening of travelers
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The Obama administration and foreign governments will roll out in the next few weeks a more intelligence-based system to try to stop potentially dangerous passengers from boarding U.S.-bound flights, a senior administration official said. More

Report evaluates greenhouse-gas reduction strategies for transportation
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recently released National Cooperative Highway Research Program study requested by AASHTO provides a basis for evaluating alternative strategies that states and metropolitan planning organizations can use for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from the transportation sector. 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

Three B2B value-proposition rules that create preference, not just parity
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A 2009 survey of 9,000 decision makers in B2B companies found that 86 percent of the "unique benefits" touted by vendors were not perceived as unique or having enough impact to create preference. More

Taking the driver out of the car
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'Your grandchildren will snap across the entire continent in 24 hours on a new kind of highway and in a new kind of driverless car that is controlled by the push of a button," futurist Norman Bel Geddes promised in 1940. Mr. Bel Geddes designed Futurama, the most popular exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, which in many ways inspired the construction of the Interstate Highway System. More

AngelTrax's Hybrid Component™ is the most reliable, durable and cost-efficient mobile DVR available

Once the Hybrid is installed, any repair, upgrade to new technology or hard drive retrieval can be accomplished within minutes due to its unique removable component design.

Grants available from National Center to promote safe walking, biking
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is accepting applications for up to 35 grants of $1,000 for creative, youth-focused ideas that support safe walking and/or bicycling to school. 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

High-tech weather sensors improve roadway safety, save taxpayers
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After months of harsh winter weather, Missouri transportation officials found a silver lining in the form of the state's 13 new high-tech weather sensors dotting Interstate 44. For the past few months, the sensors have been providing road crews with instant access to weather conditions so they can better manage their time and make the roads safer for motorists. More

TSA left in holding pattern?
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Transportation Security Administration nominee Maj. Gen. Robert Harding told senators that he hoped to quickly transform aviation security by having screeners interact more with airline passengers and moving "closer to an Israeli model." 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.


Your Support Needed For The Next Phase!

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. The House effort ended last week with nearly the 50 signatures we were trying to get – a rousing success by any measure!  Now we need your continued support to compel Senators to take up the cause.

Please contact your local Senator and encourage him/her to sign the Cardin/Inhofe letter by following this link to your Senate representative. To access the letter click here.

The deadline to respond is Friday, April 16

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!

2010 Deadline Fast Approaching For NAPT Call For Presentations!!

NAPT Announces Call for Presentations at 2010 Annual Conference in Portland, Ore. Enhance your career by sharing your ideas, solutions and innovations with your peers!

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 througre 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.

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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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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