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House weighs tough actions for ignoring school bus lights
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It soon could be more costly for people who ignore or deliberately drive around school buses with flashing red lights. A bill introduced recently in the Michigan House would double fines for drivers ticketed for disobeying traffic laws within 20 feet of a school bus that is stopped with its overhead reds flashing. More

Dedicated to student safety
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This school year has brought some exciting changes for Illinois' Freeport School District's transportation department. In November, Freeport was the sole nationwide winner of a GPS grant from the National Association for Pupil Transportation and Zonar Corporation, a technology leader based in Seattle. This grant has enabled the district to jump right into the 21st century. Using cell-based GPS technology, it is able to track and report on all buses — no matter where they may be. More

Students, bus drivers among those protesting cuts to yellow bus service
Staten Island Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About 150 students, parents, teachers and bus drivers rallied outside of New York's Egbert Intermediate School to protest cuts to yellow bus service for 7th- and 8th-graders. Though the cuts will affect the entire city, most students will be affected on Staten Island: About 3,000 students attending 11 public schools and 36 private and Catholic schools. More

Early school start times may raise risk of teen car crashes
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Starting the school day earlier may lead to more car accidents involving teenagers, new research suggests. The study, which looked at schools in two cities in Virginia with different start times, found an association between earlier classes and more crashes among sleep-deprived students. More

GHSA report shows states are cracking down on distracted driving
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report that shows states are getting serious about reducing distracted driving. The report, "Curbing Distracted Driving: 2010 Survey of State Safety Programs," found that states aggressively are pursuing solutions to distracted driving, including stronger laws, new education programs and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message urging drivers not to distract themselves while behind the wheel. 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

Improving school bus safety locally
Laurel Leader-Call    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Come next school term, new safety measures will be in place to better protect young students riding school buses in Mississippi's Jones County School District. After the tragic death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student, the JSCD transportation director has been examining ways to improve safety procedures and techniques when loading and unloading students. The result was the development of two programs – My Brother's Keeper and Meet Me at the Bus Stop. More

New wave of US cities look at bike-sharing plans
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The new message to commuters in Minneapolis: Hit a bicycle pedal instead of a gas pedal. Minneapolis is joining Denver in a new wave of cities in car-crazy America trying to cut down on obesity, traffic jams and air pollution with bike-sharing programs. The city debuted Nice Ride Minnesota with 700 bicycles and 65 kiosks where riders can swipe a keycard, pick up a bike and go — making it one of the largest urban bike-sharing programs in the U.S. More

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Are you closing or opening schools? Modifying your school boundaries? Our MapNet Redistricting application tabulates and reports student counts automatically as you design your school’s boundaries.

Kerry, Lieberman tout EPA projection on climate bill
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Senate authors of a controversial climate change bill heralded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency modeling results unveiled as proof that their plan would have a limited pinch on Americans' pocketbooks. Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., found many reasons to gloat after getting the 74-page study that showed the overall costs from their legislation's major global warming provisions would cost an average household between $80 to $150 per year. More

Build a good relationship with suppliers
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Your approach to suppliers needs to be part of your strategic plan because almost every company, whether product- or service-oriented, is dependent on suppliers. Many business owners seem to get this supplier issue backward. They think that because they write the order, they're in the dominant position and can exploit it with unreasonable demands — including personal perks. More

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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.

Is it time to raise the gas tax?
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Back in 2008 when Barack Obama was running for President, he took a politically unpopular stand on the gas tax. Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton were calling for a gas-tax "holiday" to stimulate the economy. Obama took the side of most economists in saying that a lower gas tax might play well at the polls but wasn't actually smart economic policy. Where is that principle now? More

Airlines work to catch up to digital age
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Airlines have made great technological leaps in recent years, allowing passengers to check in from home or download boarding passes on their smartphones. But if you ever have been stranded at an airport during a raging thunderstorm, chances are you will end up standing in a long line watching a gate agent typing furiously on an outdated computer. More

Study shows driver acceptance of audio messages sent to vehicles
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Recent research of U.S. vehicle owners indicates growing recognition by consumers of the value of specific information sent directly into their vehicles, including reminders related to vehicle maintenance and ownership, or notifications that can enhance or make safer their driving experience. The study also showed motorists are becoming increasingly comfortable using interactive voice recognition systems to receive this type of information more safely. More

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Nimble Cities
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While sitting in a major traffic jam, do you suddenly envision a better way of managing the commute? Help Slate make transportation in and between cities more efficient, safe and pleasant. Welcome to "Nimble Cities," Slate's project designed to harvest the world's collective wisdom to solve the world's most pressing problems. The world is moving to cities for the reasons they always have: Cities are centers of opportunity, of social connection, of innovation. But social mobility requires real mobility, and the cities that will succeed will be those with the fastest flow of ideas and the most efficient and robust links between people. So let's hear it: What are the things that will help create more Nimble Cities? Submit a brief write-up, and include images if at all possible. It will help people notice, and perhaps vote for, your idea. More


Lawrences create scholorship for driver trainers and front line supervisors
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce that Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for New York's Fairport Public Schools, and his wife, Linda, have created a scholarship that will help four school bus driver trainers attend an industry training event this year. The Lawrences have endowed one scholarship that will cover the registration fee of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation/CYR Foundation Conference, to be held July 11 to 13 in Saratoga Springs, and three scholarships that will cover the registration fee of the NAPT 2010 Annual Summit, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4; Portland, Ore. 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


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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