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Rell signs school bus seat-belt bill
The Hartford Courant    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill that creates a state program to help school systems pay for equipping their school buses with lap-and-shoulder seat belts. The General Assembly passed the bill in response to the Jan. 9 death of Vikas Parikh, 16, a Rocky Hill High School student, who died when the bus in which he was riding — which did not have seat belts — plunged down an embankment after a collision on I-84, one of Connecticut's main highway. More

Reason, not emotion, must shape bus seat belt law
Newark Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The tragic death of a Muskingum County kindergartner in a bus crash on his way to a calamity make-up day saddened everyone across Ohio. There now is a proposal pending in the Ohio House to require seat belts on new or refurbished school buses by 2014. The tragic event placed unusual momentum behind the measure's passage through the Ohio House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. More

School bus drivers to undergo more background checks
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Utah school bus drivers may soon undergo more background checks due to a 2008 legislative audit that sounded alarms about some drivers' histories. The state Board of Education approved new standards that would require all new school bus drivers to submit fingerprints to the state's Bureau of Criminal Identification and undergo FBI background checks. More

Washtenaw County, Michigan school bus drivers face deep wage cuts
International Committee of the Fourth International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bus drivers, mechanics, and aides for ten public school districts in Washtenaw County, Michigan are targeted for layoffs, double-digit wage cuts, and other attacks under a countywide consolidation plan. The proposal will affect hundreds of bus workers and tens of thousands of students across Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding towns. More

Bus company Arriva goes back to school
The Location London    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A BUS company is going back to school as it launches a new project to turn one of its vehicles into a classroom. The Arriva School Bus will teach children about the environmental benefits of bus travel, as well as how to use and behave on buses. 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

LaHood envisions the future of transportation
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U.S. Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood turned transportation policy on its head with a declaration that pedestrians and cyclists should be treated as equals with drivers. That means federal dollars for more projects geared toward walking and cycling. More

Facing a wrecked electric vehicle, what must EMS staff know?
All Cars Electric    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the end of this year, several fully modern, highway-capable electric vehicles will go on sale. Sooner or later, one of them will get into an accident. What should emergency responders do when faced with a high-voltage battery pack that could kill them if mishandled? More

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Long Beach Transit cuts will increase time waiting for buses
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Some riders will spend more time waiting for a bus this fall as a result of budget cuts approved by Long Beach Transit. Facing declining revenue, the transportation agency has decided to reduce its overall service hours by about three percent, partly by making less frequent stops along certain routes, beginning with the fall school semester. More

Smart cards tap into future of city transit systems
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If a new pilot runs smoothly, public transit riders in New York and New Jersey may soon be swiping out the ubiquitous MetroCards for "smart cards" that allow them to ride subways and buses with a single tap. More

AngelTrax's Virtual Synchronized Mapping (VSM™ ) provides absolute GPS accuracy synchronized with recorded video footage

VSM™ eliminates the guesswork on bus location during an event and monitors the precise route of the bus, providing conclusive evidence of boarding and departure.

How to conquer your e-mail inbox
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We love our e-mail. We love its efficiency, its clarity and the fact that it creates a detailed, searchable record. E-mail can also make us a little nuts. Step away from it for a couple of hours, messages pile up. When we confront more than 50, it can feel like a combination of depression, weariness and low-grade panic, until we can make that "unread" number disappear. Here's a method that may help the madness. More

Is digital revolution driving decline in US car culture?
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The internet has wreaked havoc on the music industry, airlines and media, but it just may be doing the same thing to automobiles. It's a rarely acknowledged transformational shift that's been going on under the noses of marketers for as long as 15 years: The automobile, once a rite of passage for American youth, is becoming less relevant to a growing number of people under 30. And that could have broad implications for marketers in industries far beyond insurance, gasoline and retail. 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 2.0
National Geographic Traveler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What the TSA needs to do to protect air travelers. And what we can do to help. Now playing at an airport near you: Stern-faced agents. Snaking lines. Screeching magnetometers. Put them together, and it makes for compelling theater. But just how safe are we, really? More

Keep your computers tuned up, backed up, and cleaned up
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Most small business owners probably own an automobile that they maintain properly for optimal performance. The same logic should apply to your computer network and other devices. After all, who can afford disruptions, data loss, or downtime? Gartner estimates that 40 percent of businesses suffering a business interruption fail within five years. The following are a few essential guidelines for ensuring your network and computing and communications systems run smoothly. More


NAPT Has A New Website!

The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce the launch of its re-designed website. The new homepage provides uncluttered, one-click access to a wide variety of information, including all of NAPT's communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects. The new site also features enhanced registration tools for NAPT events, including the 2010 NAPT Summit, the association's 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show set for October 30 through November 4 in Portland, Ore.

"This is the most comprehensive communication system we have ever had," said NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. "It provides the connection we need to keep members informed and involved in the current activities of the association."

Current NAPT Members receive exclusive and unrestricted access to the entire site via the Members Only portal. Log-in is easy - go to and enter your primary email address (the address where you currently receive email from us) as your user name and the password "napt3614". You will be required change your password upon log-in so please remember to store it in a safe, easy to remember place.

To facilitate a smooth transition, the old website will remain in use until July 1. You will be able to log in and get information from both sources, but only will be updated. After that date and will be identical and you will be able to use either to access our new website.

Questions and feedback should be directed to Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at, Josh Bresett, NAPT Education and IT Specialist at, or Lynn Martin, NAPT Marketing and Communication Specialist at

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2010 NAPT Heroism Award – Sponsored by Blue bird

Webster's dictionary defines a hero as "a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities."

Keeping a cool head while transporting 50 boisterous students during rush hour traffic sounds like a hero's job to me but that's just a normal day! When things truly go awry, as when buses are broadsided by falling lumber, catch fire or a child stops breathing on the bus, that’s when heros shine. Past winners of the Heroism Award have managed just these sorts of trauma. And they have done so brilliantly.

Each year at the NAPT Annual Conference (Summit) and Trade Show, the NAPT Heroism Award, sponsored by the Blue Bird Corporation, is bestowed upon individuals who perform selfless acts of courage. Please consider nominating someone for this award if they meet the following criteria:
  • The live-saving act must be performed by a pupil transportation professional or the action must directly affect a pupil transportation program
  • The Heroism Award committee will consider:
  • - threat to one's life
    - the number of lives saved
    - the impact on the pupil transportation industry
    - the impact on individuals' operation or program
An application must be submitted by an NAPT member and endorsed by two colleagues.

Please submit an application to NAPT Headquarters at 1840 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203, postmarked no later than September 1.

The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the NAPT Annual Conference and a commemorative plaque. Winners are notified by the Committee Chair no later than October 1.

For more information, click (More).

NAPT Free Webinar Series

Leading From Behind – It's Not About ME
June 15
1:00 to 2:00 PM, EST

John Musso
Webinar Description: Successful leaders have found that leading from behind is a key strategy to successful leadership. They must be "bridge builders" for the organizations that they lead. There is more to leadership than getting your staff or employees to follow you. There must also be a "buy in" to the "dream" they are following. This session will focus on strategies to lead from behind, empowering your staff and giving them a greater sense of value to the mission of the organization.

About the Host: An experienced educator, John Musso brings over 30 years of experience to his current position of Executive Director for ASBO International. Musso holds the designation of Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives, Registered School Business Administrator through the Association of School Business Officials International. Musso has taken many groups through strategic planning and conflict resolution having worked with many school districts, as well as several Fortune 500 Companies. He is a skilled presenter in the area of leadership and school finance having made presentations both in the United States and abroad. He has written many articles on education, school finance and leadership that have appeared in magazines across the world.


October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online 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. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition , 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 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 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.
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.
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