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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers Oct. 12, 2010

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 newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

Join us in Portland for an exciting program jam packed with a multitude of speakers and events!

Visit "NAPT Summit—Weekly Highlights" category toward the bottom of this brief for weekly featured topics.


More cities turn to solar power for traffic signs
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Growing numbers of cities and towns are turning to solar-powered road warning and school safety signs to inform the public and save money and energy. In the past year, cities including Baton Rouge, Branson and Kansas City, Mo., and Lyndhurst, Wayne and Ringwood, N.J., have adopted the technology, officials in those municipalities say. Rick Bergholz, owner of TAPCO, a Wisconsin-based company that manufactures and sells the environmentally friendly traffic controls, says solar-powered light "sales have been exploding." 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

Cyberbullying 101 launches on Youtube
Enough is Enough    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gone are the days when a child's home is a refuge from playground or neighborhood bullies. The Internet is the new playground, and there are no off-hours. Tech-savvy students are turning to cyberspace to harass their peers using a new method of bullying — cyberbullying. Enough is Enough launched their Cyberbullying 101 video on Yotube recently. The video is a part of EIE's Internet Safety 101 program that was designed to educate, equip and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the knowledge and resources they need to protect their children from threats like cyberbullying. More

Walking bus encourages healthy route to school
Litchfield Independent Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Olivia Wicklund, a freshman at Litchfield High School in Litchfield, Conn., is coordinating a "walking school bus" aimed at encouraging school children to walk to school. The start date was significant, Wicklund said, because Oct. 6 was National Walk to School Day, an observance focused on helping to get school children more active through an energizing walk to school. "It brings generations of people together, all working toward a common goal," Wicklund said of the walking school bus idea. "It provides physical fitness. It's environmentally friendly, and it's budget friendly. It's an alternate way to get to school." More

Terror alert boosts transportation security
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Security measures at mass transit systems worldwide have boosted following the travel alert in Europe from potential terrorist attacks. Security measures at the Los Angeles International Airport have been increased, and authorities are also asking travelers to report any suspicious activity, particularly for the duration of the terror alert. The alert was issued by the U.S. State Department recently, as intelligence officials warned Americans in Europe of possible terror strikes aimed at popular tourist magnets in the continent. Britain and Japan also issued the alert for its citizens. In addition to the airport, other modes of transportation are following suit with heightened security in light of the terror alert. More

Taxing drivers by the mile and not by the gallon
The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As more Americans buy hybrid or electric cars, drivers in traditional gas-only vehicles are bound to start asking: Why should I still be paying more in fuel taxes? Don't we all use the highways? Indeed, the gas tax is quickly becoming an unjust way to finance the costs of roads and bridges. All vehicles, whether they be a Hummer or a Prius, use the same infrastructure, which needs to be built and maintained regardless of a car's fuel type. There is an alternative, one that is fair, already proven, and, based on a new study by some 80 experts, the best way to start financing surface transportation. More

Your Road to Success Begins with School Training Solutions

School Training Solutions comprehensive offering of online training offers tailored solutions, flexibility, availability, cost savings, with online documentation and reporting to meet your training requirements.

E-rate revisions seen as good first step
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That seems to be the general feeling among educational technology advocates about the recent reforms to the federal E-rate program, whether they are applauding a new funding index for inflation, the allowance for "dark fiber" connections, or the funding of pilot wireless-learning programs. More

DOT hosts major ITS Vehicle Safety Research Conference on October 20
ITSA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a one-day public meeting on Oct. 20, 2010 to present results from the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems field operational test. The meeting will be held at Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. The IVBSS program, a key component of ITS safety-related activities, is a five-year cooperative research effort that combines several in-vehicle crash warning subsystems — including forward collision, lane departure, lane change, and curve speed warning — into a single, integrated concept to enhance the safety of both passenger vehicles and heavy trucks. More

Cab Warming & Engine Pre-heat without Carbon Emissions.

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.

US transportation system failing
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States is saddled with a rapidly decaying and woefully underfunded transportation system that will undermine its status in the global economy unless Congress and the public embrace innovative reforms, a bipartisan panel of experts concludes in a report released recently. U.S. investment in preservation and development of transportation infrastructure lags so far behind that of China, Russia and European nations that it will lead to "a steady erosion of the social and economic foundations for American prosperity in the long run." More

Smoke & Flame Resistant Rubber Products

SAS Rubber has been manufacturing smoke & flame resistant rubber products to make your school bus fleet safer. Learn more at

FTA grants $776 million to improve condition of bus and rail systems
AASHTO Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Federal Transit Administration announced recently that 152 projects across 45 states and the District of Columbia will receive $776 million in "State of Good Repair" funding to rehabilitate transit systems. FTA received requests totaling more than $4 billion from 400 transit agencies — more than five times the available grant money offered. "Whether it's replacing aging buses with fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, constructing new bus shelters and maintenance facilities, or installing updated fare boxes and fleet-tracking systems, we are helping transit agencies deliver safer and more reliable service, operate more efficiently, and lower fuel costs," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote on his blog. More

LaHood weighs urging ban on all driver phone use in cars
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban. LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.'s Sync and General Motors Co.'s OnStar. More

Puzzled over School Bus Telematics?

With the market's proliferation of vehicle telematics solutions, selecting the right one can seem like a daunting task as there are many "pieces of the puzzle" which create value beyond that of simple GPS / AVL. Let Matrix help you sort out the pieces to deliver the right value at the right price.


"Beyond the Bus" Field Trip — Sponsored by IC Bus

Join IC Bus for a "field trip" to learn how a school bus purchase can provide you with more than just the bus. You'll take a trip to the Navistar Portland Parts Distribution Center, enjoy lunch, go on a tour of the Center to see the state of the art process for parts distribution, then learn from Navistar and IC Bus experts on how Navistar and IC Bus go "beyond the bus" with parts, service, and training programs you can use to lower costs and maximize your school bus operations.

Who can attend? All full conference Summit attendees and their registered guests. Attendance is limited to the first 105 to register. If you are unsure of your registration status for the Summit, please contact NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278.

Date: Monday, November 1st

Time: 11:00 a.m. PST — Pick up from outside Oregon Convention Center
2:00 p.m. PST — Return to Oregon Convention Center (approximately)

Cost: Free

Agenda is as follows:
11:00 a.m. — Depart Oregon Convention Center
11:30 a.m. — Lunch
12:00 p.m. — Session 1, Parts Support
12:30 p.m. — Session 2, Parts Support
1:00 p.m. — Session 3, PDC Tour
1:30 p.m. — Depart from Navistar Parts Distribution Center
2:00 p.m. — Arrive Oregon Convention CenterB

Registration: In order to pre-register for this event, please click "Register for this Event" below. You will be prompted to login to the NAPT site. Once logged in, you will need to fill out and submit a simple form in order become registered.

Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Keith Kladder,

Registration starts on Sept. 1, 2010 and ends on Oct. 29, 2010.
Late registration starts on Oct. 30, 2010.
All times are 12:00 a.m. (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada).

Register for this event


Are Your Drivers "Friending" with Confidential Info?

Learn how to manage risks of cyber-age technologies in an Executive Briefing with Peggy Burns, Mark Hinson and Jack Lance. More

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