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2011 NAPT Summit agenda available online! Click here to view.

Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.


2011 Election Dates & Deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2011 NAPT election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business Sept. 8.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Sept. 23.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Oct. 12.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Elections will be held in Cincinnati on the trade show floor from 10 a.m.–noon.

Questions about the election should be directed to

Currently available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit


National transportation funding boosts US economy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traffic congestion costs the U.S. $145 billion annually in wasted time, repairs and operating expenses according to TRIP, a national transportation research group. That's an unnecessary burden that our economy is in no shape to bear. More

Back-to-school transportation safety for children
Consumer Reports    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Believe it or not, children in some parts of the country are headed back to school as early as mid-August. In the Northeast and other areas they have a few more weeks to go, but it's a good time to remind children and parents how to safely return to school. More

Illinois county considers monitoring traffic through mobile devices
Roads&Bridges    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Illinois county is considering testing a real-time travel information system that pings signals off motorists' cellphones and other wireless devices to gauge traffic flow, according to the Daily Herald. The BlueTOAD — Bluetooth travel-time origination and destination — system selects Bluetooth devices in passing cars and calculates travel times and road speeds by following the same devices as they move. More

A plan to save US infrastructure that might actually work
The Infrastructurist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If there's anything America has in abundance right now, it's reports on the poor state of the country’s infrastructure. But the Congressional showdown over the transportation reauthorization bill will peak in the next few weeks, and a betting man would be wise to take the over on the number of similar reports that will surface by late September. More

National gas prices down 9 cents in past 3 weeks
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 9 cents in the past three weeks. That's according to the Aug. 14 Lundberg Survey of Fuel Prices, which puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.61. More

New Hampshire gets $1 million for Safe Route to School
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ten New Hampshire communities are splitting almost $1 million to encourage children to walk and ride their bicycles to and from school. The money comes from the Safe Routes to School Program and will be used for sidewalk construction, traffic calming measures and education programs. More

Analysis: Infrastructure woes — a roadblock to growth
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Long famous for its top-notch highways and passion for cars, the United States is letting bridges rust as traffic chokes overburdened roads, threatening a pillar of its economic strength. A prime example of this neglect is the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. It worked well when it opened in 1963. Now it handles twice the traffic it was designed to support. Gridlock often stretches for a mile beneath a thick haze of smog. More

Emergency workers get school bus safety training
Gainesville Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School bus safety may not be the first thing parents think about when sending their children off to school, but it's an important issue to Hall County law enforcement agencies. "With school starting back this week, there's a number of buses on the roadways, as well as other vehicles on the roadways, so therefore the percentage for an accident goes up," said Kevin Holbrook, public information officer for the Gainesville, Ga., Police Department. More

HNTB survey: Americans fed up with crumbling, jammed roads
Better Roads    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the latest America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., people are fed up with congested, crumbling roads and are looking for decisions from local and regional officials about how to prioritize fixing them. More

New Web-search formulas have huge implications for students, society
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A quiet revolution has taken place in recent months, as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other Internet gatekeepers have revised their search algorithms in an attempt to bring users more personalized information. This subtle shift has enormous implications for students, researchers and society at large, experts say. More

School buses safest mode of transportation for students
The Oxford Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 50,000 miles a day will be traveled by school buses after Butler County, Ohio, schools start over the next two weeks. Buses are the safest bet for Butler County parents to get their children to and from school, according to an analysis of state records by the Hamilton Journal-News. More

Mobility matters: The view from the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit
Department of Transportation Fastlane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This past week in Irving, Texas, transportation experts from the private and public sectors gathered for the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit. This year's theme, Modern Mobility: Advancing to the Future, reflects the need for transportation solutions that meet today's challenges and begin addressing tomorrow's needs. At the summit, DOT leaders presented scenarios for improved transportation to seamlessly move people and goods while protecting our environment, reducing dependence on foreign oil, and creating jobs. More

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 e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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