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IntelliDrive Program Blends Technology, Safety
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Some of the early benefits of the technology that will enable self-steering cars one day will first contribute to improved safety and better information about traffic and weather conditions. That's because of the federal Department of Transportation's IntelliDrive program, a five-year effort launched over the summer. More

DOT THINKs Signs Are Hazard
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The THINK signs put up by Union County law enforcement are a hazard, distraction and generally unappealing to highway travelers. This is according to a written statement from the Iowa Department of Transportation. More

New Jersey Transit to Spend $6 Million on Diagnostic Maintenance Program
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New Jersey Transit will develop a "cost-effective" maintenance program rather than overhauling its aging diesel locomotives, officials say. The agency agreed to spend at least $6 million on a specialized program that will detect problems using customized diagnostic tools, said Rich Sarles, NJ Transit's executive director. More

Zonar's ZPass™
Zonar's ZPass™ is a patented, web-based, passive RFID card-based system for student tracking. It delivers unprecedented performance and accuracy without impeding the normal loading and unloading process. ZPass improves the safety and efficiency of pupil transportation, enabling parents and school officials to quickly and easily track students entering and leaving the bus. MORE

Bus crash renews calls for seatbelts
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Images of a Calgary school bus smashed into a large tree, its cab hoisted off the ground and skewered by thick branches, have re-ignited calls for seat belts to be installed in all school buses. The debate rages despite the fact that Transport Canada and Alberta Transportation officials stand by their decision not to require the restraining devices because they say school buses are specifically designed to protect children in an accident. More

Agencies investigate IPS school bus fire
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In Indianapolis, numerous agencies are trying to figure out what caused a recent school bus fire and whether schools need to be warned about the possibility of similar fires. The school bus erupted in flames after 24 children were safely evacuated. Now numerous investigations are underway to determine what caused the life-threatening fire. More

Climate, Meet Mobility
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During my recent climate-action study tour in Copenhagen, I was constantly scouting for good ideas to bring home to Austin. I saw plenty – community-owned wind turbines, a separated bicycle path network serving 150,000 commuters a day, corporate executives aggressively pursuing "green" business profits. But most striking was the simple fact that Copen­hag­eners have embedded climate action as a value into everyday life. More

Specialized Trip Software Maximizes Efficiency
EasyBus is the only software company in the industry focused primarily on software for managing field trips and charters, and now offers a special discount for educational institutions. If you need trip or charter software written "Just For You," you can learn more about our products, sign up for a personal demo, and get pricing at


Local Cincinnati Schools May Lose Bus Transportation
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A major school bus contractor that takes over 22,000 Tri-state students to school could have its Ohio school bus operating license suspended. Ohio Public Safety Department officials say they plan to invoke up to a six month suspension of license against First Student School Bus, Inc. because it didn't have required background check paperwork for all of its drivers. More

Propane Powers New Bus
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The familiar orange-yellow color of a school bus delivered to Topeka Unified School District 501 made it seem like a regular school bus, but the fact it ran much quieter and didn't smell like diesel offered a tip that something was different. More

Environmental Protection Agency Sends the White House an "Endangerment Finding"
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Creating more pressure for Congress to act on global climate change legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency sent the White House its official determination that climate change is a risk to public health and welfare. That finding enables the agency to regulate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. More

Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems
NHTSA’s National Training, revised in 2009, will be taught on Saturday, March 6, 2010 during the 19th National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.  Register now and learn from the CPST experts who developed the course for NHTSA. MORE

Transportation Research Board Examines Land Use Impacts on Driving, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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A recent report by the Transportation Research Board on land use impacts on driving and greenhouse gas emissions finds that significant increases in more compact, mixed-use development will result in only modest short-term reductions in energy consumption and emissions, but these reductions will grow over time. More


New FMVSS 108 Ruling Postponed Until December 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has delayed a final ruling on the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) #108, regarding lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment until December 1, 2012. The three-year extension will afford manufacturers an opportunity to continue to "certify their products to the earlier version" of FMVSS #108. The delay also allows for a clear-cut and more straightforward presentation of the requirements; but does not impose any new 'substantive' requirements on manufacturers.

The original purpose of the FMVSS 108 was to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by insuring that vehicle were conspicuously illuminated, both for daytime and evening lighting conditions. Requirements are specific to original and replacement lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.

For additional information, please contact: David Hines, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, at (202) 493-0245.

New NHTSA Report Available on NAPT Website

NHTSA's Office of Behavioral Safety Research has recently published a report entitled, "School Bus Seat Belts and Carryover Effects in Elementary School Children." The report explores the likelihood that seat belt unavailability on the school bus decreases seat belt use in personal vehicles. The study centers on children between 5 and 10 years old. To access the report, click here

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