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DOT proposes to ban truckers, bus drivers from texting while driving
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In another effort to clamp down on distracted drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a rule to ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. The proposal, announced Wednesday, March 31, seeks to make permanent a temporary ban - announced in January by DOT Secretary Ray LaHood - that applies to bus and commercial truck drivers of vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. More

Connecticut school district latest to share in nationwide $100 million STA education stimulus plan
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Student Transportation of America (STA), the nation's third largest and most progressive school transportation company, today announced Regional School District 17 (RSD 17) which serves the towns of Haddam and Killingworth, Connecticut is the latest North American school district to share in the STA $100 Million Education Stimulus Plan. STA designed the plan to provide school districts across America with much-needed capital to invest back into education when they contract their school bus operations to STA. 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.

EPW hearings focus on congestion & reducing transportation's environmental impacts
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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, in preparation for drafting a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill later this year, held a pair of hearings recently on traffic congestion and environmental issues. More

Transportation groups urge lawmakers not to divert user fees
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Any proceeds from a "carbon tax" on gasoline purchases should go directly toward improving the nation's highway and public transportation systems, according to a group of organizations representing everything from bicyclists and construction unions to state transportation departments. More

Report: Phoning while driving
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A new survey (see p. 2) indicates drivers use their phones not only on the open road but also in stop-and-go traffic. A quarter say they phone in fast, heavy traffic. Based on how much phoning while driving motorists admitted to surveyors and the estimated risk of driver phone use, an Institute analysis suggests this practice could account for 22 percent of all crashes, or about 1.3 million in 2008. 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

Barnegat to bond $500,000 for sidewalks
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As the township bears the brunt of cuts in New Jersey state aid on both municipal and educational fronts, the township committee voted to introduce an ordinance Monday night that would bond for a half million dollars to install 7,000 feet of sidewalks in part to help with school transportation costs. More

South Korea and Japan streets ahead in smart transport
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Juwan Yoo was tired of calling up the old-school telephone hotline to find out when his bus would come - and excited about the iPhone's arrival in South Korea. So the 17-year-old developed the "Seoul Bus" application, which crawls public transport Web sites to give real-time updates for all bus stops in the capital and its surrounding provinces. More

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Is a national dashboard for open data on the horizon?
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Sunshiny days have come to government, as transparency Web sites, iPhone apps, online dashboards and data feeds have proliferated across the Internet. The movement is changing the playing field for how citizens obtain government information. Since President Barack Obama made transparency and open data early priorities of his administration, public agencies have put thousands (if not millions) of data sources online, creating a rich pool of material that once was hidden in dusty file cabinets and available only through freedom-of-information requests. 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

More enforcement planned against distracted driving
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he would escalate efforts to stop motorists from texting or talking on mobile phones, funding pilot programs to ticket distracted drivers in New York and Connecticut and urging auto makers to rethink hands-free communications systems in cars. More

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Inside Inrix: How traffic data is collected, what it means to your commute
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Traffic information for drivers on the go has come a long way since the days when it was limited to Bob in Chopper Nine, flying around the metropolitan area and reporting on whatever bridge or highway was beneath him. Bob is still up there, at least in some media markets, but now he's only part of the picture. Today, traffic info comes from a variety of sources, sometimes even including the cars stuck in traffic themselves. More


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

Dynamic April Webinar Has Been Archived!

WHERE: in the Members Only Section

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

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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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