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Aug. 25, 2009
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Get On the Bus
from The Telegraph
A group of 24 teachers and administrators boarded a First Student school bus to visit a couple of neighborhoods to drum up interest in school, not just on the part of youngsters but also among parents. More
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Details Released on Summit to Address Cellphone Use by Motorists
from AASHTO Journal
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced he will hold a summit Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Washington to figure out how to best combat distracted driving nationwide. More
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Multitasking by Drivers Raises Liability Concerns
from Business Insurance
Renewed buzz about the safety of using personal electronic communications devices while driving could mean new headaches for employers, according to experts. More
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Police Find Data From Black Boxes Helps in Investigations
from The Detroit News
Auto manufacturers and safety advocates say the "black box" devices collect information that includes speed, brake application and seat belt usage from a vehicle in the moments leading up to and during a crash. More
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"Make Lemonade" – Creativity Thrives at 2010 Special Needs Conference

Orlando, March 5-10, 2010! Join us for the 19th National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Doubletree Hotel lodging is reduced to $119 for our group. More Info.

Congress Mulls Tougher Penalties for Workplace Safety Lapses
from Business Brief
Congress and safety officials are considering increased fines and even jail time for owners in an effort to increase workplace safety. But some business leaders say stiffer fines won't reduce accidents. More
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When Will My Bus Come In?
from Discovery News
If a system exists to keep track of and communicate the location of tens of thousands of runners, how come there is no system sending real-time information to my cell phone or email about when my bus is going to arrive? More
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Cell Phones Problematic for 911
from USA Today
The nation's 911 emergency response system, built in 1967, was based on the expectation that calls for help would come from land-line telephones. Now, with more people using cellphones exclusively, calls that bounce from tower to tower pose significant challenges. More
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Safety on the street is important, but did you know that the Bus Watch program starts on the inside of your buses? More Info.

FCC Considers State, Regional Public Safety Broadband Networks
from Federal Computer Week
The Federal Communications Commission has another challenge to its plan to create a nationwide broadband network for public safety needs — four state governments and many cities and counties are applying to set up local and regional public safety networks in the same bandwidth as in the FCC's plan. More
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A Bright Idea: Business-sponsored Lights for Bus Stops
from Freep
You've likely heard of Adopt-A-Highway -- but what about Adopt-A-Watt? If this plan come to fruition, Taylor would become the first community in Detroit to employ a novel approach to lighting its school bus stops. More
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Are Blind Spots a Myth?
from The New York Times
In an effort to reduce lane-change accidents, some automakers are trying radar to eliminate blind spots that could conceal an adjacent vehicle. More
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Nominations Announced for NAPT Board Seats
from NAPT
William Tousley, CDPT, Transportation Supervisor for the Farmington (MI) Public Schools, Mike Roscoe, Director of School Bus Products for The C.E. White Co., Dave McDonald, Director of Business Development and Technical Specs for Rosco, Inc., Robert Scott, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 247Security, Inc. and Chris Thomas, Director of School Transportation Business Development for American Logistics Co. LLC have been nominated for seats on the NAPT Board of Directors. More
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NAPT Annual Summit Updates

  • Seats are still available for both the Professional Development Series and the Leading Every Day Program. But don't delay-both were sellouts last year!!!

  • We are completely sold out of our block of rooms for Wednesday (10/28) thru Saturday (10/31) at the Marriott Downtown. However, we still have rooms available nearby at the Fairfield Inn and Springhill Suites for those dates.

  • We still have rooms available for Sunday (11/1) thru Thursday (11/5) at the Marriott Downtown but not many. They won't last long. Make your hotel reservations today!

  • Join Al Unser, Jr., at the NAPT Trade Show and see the team's Formula One Race Car! Unser will be there as a representative for Force For Earth -- a GREEN fuel and engine conditioner. Don't miss an opportunity to meet this race car driving legend from one of America's most winning families and see this FORMULA ONE automobile up close -- a real beauty!!!
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Product Showcases

   Product Showcase: UltraLED The all-new UltraLED warning lamp from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. helps to insure student passenger safety through greater visibility of the school bus. Dual flash patterns provide a choice of “steady state” or “rapid flash” to provide the same attention getting strobe like effect found on most emergency vehicles today at the affordable cost of under $50. UltraLED from Heavy Duty Bus Parts, Inc. More info

   Product Showcase: SMARTR for ArcGIS

A growing number of school districts are using Trapeze’s SMARTR for ArcGIS solution for their automated scheduling and routing software needs. Designed to simplify the everyday challenges associated with safe and efficient school transportation, SMARTR works as an extension of ArcGIS from ESRI. Learn how Grandview School District and Laramie County used SMARTR to drive success.

   Product Showcase: ZONAR'S ZING™

ZONAR'S ZING™ is a powerful and intuitive dispatch, route management, navigation and two-way text messaging application that gives fleet managers unprecedented, real-time visibility and control. Two-way text messaging provides a powerful and easy-to-use communication link between drivers and dispatchers. ZING's user-friendly interface leverages the familiar look and feel of Zonar’s suite of award-winning productivity solutions. More info

   Product Showcase: Transportation Solutions

Is your District Administration looking to have a transportation operations efficiency and effectiveness study conducted. Transportation Solutions can provide a comprehensive assessment of your entire transportation operations? Their experts can analyze every facet of your program and procedures - staffing, routing, scheduling, training, shop safety, compliance and more. Be more efficient, Improve student Safety, and Enhance your operations! Contact: Charley Kennington, Transportation Solutions 713-744-6362 or email

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