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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is charging ahead in his political career
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There is a pause to ponder in almost every interview, a hiccup in the stream of words, a groping for just the right phrase, and then it emerges: "With Ray, what you see is what you get." He has worked for three decades in Washington, capital of spin, of parsing, of nuance, of cunning, of backstabbing intrigue, where half-truths are too common to refute and many a flat-out lie goes without rebuke. More

Lobbying document shows pitch for clients to fight against distracted driving
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Lobbyists in Washington see an opportunity in the national distracted driving debate and have prepared a pitch to cell phone companies, car manufacturers, insurance and public safety groups to fight against what they say could lead to a full ban on cell phones while driving. More

School bus billboards get green light
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Come this fall, drivers in West Lake Hills, Texas will have more to pay attention to in the morning and afternoon. As if the bright yellow school buses weren't enough to look out for, advertisers may also try to grab your attention in the Eanes Independent School District. More

Congressional hearing held on use of red light cameras
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A House transportation subcommittee took another look at red light cameras recently and some members liked what they saw and some did not. Dan Danila, representing the National Motorists Association, believes, "the real purpose of red light cameras is revenue, basically." More

'Blindsided' Blue Bird workers try to figure out what's next
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As workers at the Blue Bird plant in LaFayette, Ga. figure out what to do next, some say they were caught off guard by the recent announcement that the plant would close in August. 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

Easter Seals Project ACTION seeks better youth mobility
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DOT has been a longtime partner with Easter Seals Project ACTION. Recently, a delegation from Project ACTION visited DOT headquarters to present them with unique artwork created by local students with disabilities who attend WVSA ARTs connection's ARTiculate Employment Training and Outreach Program. More

New transportation website targets greenhouse gases
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A new website has been launched by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to highlight strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The website, Real Transportation Solutions for Green House Gas Emissions, includes best practices, state examples, research findings, and links to other climate change information sites. More

MapNet Transportation

Trapeze MapNet's optimization routing tools can determine the best and safest stop placements, optimum routes and multiple bell-time scenarios for your organization.

Dr. Mark R. Rosekind sworn in as NTSB member
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Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., took the oath of office today as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Member Rosekind is an internationally recognized fatigue expert who has conducted research and implemented programs in diverse settings, including all modes of transportation, healthcare, law enforcement, elite athlete and military groups. More

Public school funding sees $241 million cut
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn slashed $241 million in public school funding, reducing financial support for student busing, reading programs and textbook loans. The news wasn't all bad, however. Quinn maintained the current level of funding for general state aid, the money that flows directly to school districts based on student enrollments, as well as for special education and early childhood programs. 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.

House passes $80 billion war spending bill
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The House approved a war spending bill recently with a provision that would include $10 billion to help school districts avoid educator layoffs, paying for the effort, in part, with $800 million in cuts to several of President Obama's key education initiatives. More

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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.

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!


There is Someone in Your District

Someone who works with or for you is deserving of the NAPT Continuing Education Award, sponsored by Thomas Built Buses. Please take a moment to consider who would benefit most from this professional development opportunity. The recipient will receive a grant of up to $1,000 for pre-approved tuition, travel, lodging and meal expenses at an NAPT-approved workshop. Grants must be used within 12 months.

An eligible candidate must be a continuous NAPT member for three (3) years or more and may not have been the recipient of the award the four (4) preceding years. Not sure if they are an NAPT member? Please give us a call at 800-989-6278 and we'd be happy to let you know.

Applications are available on the NAPT website at Applications must be postmarked no later than September 1st and mailed to:
1840 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
ATTN: Thomas Continuing Education Award Committee

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 August 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


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

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!"

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.
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BusBoss™ Express is a complete routing and scheduling, student transportation software program designed specifically for customers transporting less than 1000 students. School districts with smaller budgets benefit from a lower cost, yet highly functional routing and scheduling application. To find out more on how BusBoss™ Express 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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