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Sept. 8, 2009
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Real-Time Arrival Information: It Really Pays Off
from Seattle Transit Blog
While services like OneBusAway might seem to be a nicety a 2006 study commissioned by the Federal Transit Administration shows that real-time arrival information systems produce significant and quantifiable benefits that exceed project costs. More
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NRC Report Cites Improving Automotive Efficiency
The United States can achieve significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions from the transportation sector by investing in alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology, according to a recent report from the America's Energy Future project of the National Research Council. More
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Red Light Technology Geared to Stop Collisions
from WKOW-TV
A UW-Madison safety expert said new techonology holds promise of reducing red light violations and the danger they cause. More
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Napa Bus Will Have Engine Similar to Prius
from San Francisco Chronicle
Kids in Napa won't hear the usual "clackety clack" of a diesel engine when district bus HY-2 lumbers up to their stop next month. In fact, when the bus is sitting still, they won't hear anything at all. More
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Burns and Hinson to Present on Conducting Internal Investigations: Making Defensible Decisions

Peggy Burns and Mark Hinson combine their expertise in pupil transportation law and human resources management in a preconference, 8-hour Executive Briefing on Conducting Internal Investigations. More Info.

Operation Lifesaver Releases New Educational Tools for Teachers, Homeschoolers
from Operation Lifesaver Inc
Operation Lifesaver Inc., the national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safety at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way, has unveiled a full slate of easy-to-use lesson plans available for immediate download at no cost from its website. More
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VMT Tax Data System Is Technologically Feasible
from AASHTO Journal
A system drawing heavily on existing technology could be implemented in the near future to determine the distance traveled by a vehicle and use that information as the basis for charging a fee that reflects road use, according to a new report from the Intelligence Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota. 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.

Education Department Releases Legal Guidance for Districts on H1N1 Flu
from Education Week
As school districts prepare for the onset of the H1N1 flu this fall, the federal Department of Education has released legal guidance in case a flu outbreak causes school and school district closures. The guidance also tells schools what liability they might have in giving out vaccines. More
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Doubts About Scare Tactics on Drivers Who Text
from The New York Times
American safety advocates, concerned about the dangers of texting while driving, have enjoyed a boost from an unlikely source: the chief constable of Gwent, a small county in southeast Wales. More
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Nokia Partners with Facebook
from GPS Business News
At the Nokia World conference in Stuttgart, Nokia announced a partnership with Facebook. The application born from this partnership, "Lifecasting with Ovi," lets people publish their location and status updates directly to their Facebook account from the home screen of a mobile device. Lifecasting will premiere on the new Nokia N97 mini, a new smartphone announced at the conference. More
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Device Helps Bus and Truck Drivers See Around Corners
from Telematics Update
A device to see around corners and eliminate blind spots will help truck and bus drivers to manoeuvre more safely. Alpine's multi camera technology eliminates blind spots. More
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NAPT Annual Summit Updates

  • FREE GAS CARD!! If you live within a 500-mile radius of Louisville, Ky., and plan on attending the Annual NAPT Summit, we'll give you a $50 gas card to help you get home. Applies to the next 50 people who register. Call NAPT at 800-989-6278 for details.

  • On September 1, 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) met to discuss a report scheduled for imminent release based upon a school bus crash in Liberty, Missouri in 2005. During the course of its investigation, NTSB discovered that pedal misapplication was a probable cause of the accident---that is, depressing the accelerator instead of, or in addition to, the brake pedal. The NTSB subsequently investigated four additional accidents involving heavy vehicles in which pedal misapplication was also determined to be a factor. Those accidents included several school bus and transit bus accidents. For more click here.

  • Seminar: About 25+ Tech Tips - September 9th at 1 p.m. EST
    These days a portion of anyone's job description requires each of us to be a competent user of technology. In this fast-paced, jam-packed webinar you will learn the latest and greatest in the field of technology with tips including software and hardware, gadgets, utilities and the Web. Listen in to this session if you want to learn dozens of ways technology can help you provide better service and get things done better, faster, and cheaper.

    About the presenter: Gregg Marshall, CSP, CPMR, is president of Rep Connection Inc., a consulting company that works to help maximize the effectiveness of manufacturers and their professional outsourced field sales forces (reps), especially in the areas of electronic commerce and partner results optimization. He is also a frequent speaker and author. You can visit Rep Connection on the web at This webcast is free to members up to the first 50 signed up, if you are interested contact for details.

Product Showcases

   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

   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:
   Trapeze School IVR (Interactive Voice Response

Reduce the number of calls handled by staff and provide accurate student transport information on demand with Trapeze’s automated telephone service solution – Trapeze School IVR. The solution provides parents, drivers, depots, school staff and others the ability to access transport information over the phone such as weather-related delays, route changes, stop times, bus stop locations and more. Read about actual results.

   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: Driver Payroll

Powerful, seamless, and low cost driver payroll tracking is here! With eDPS, you monitor and record driver hours electronically, giving you an effective alternative to paper systems or time clocks that integrates with all major accounting and routing software. Your district will reduce unnecessary payroll costs, increase productivity, and track driver efficiency with the click of a mouse! More info

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