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Obama Administration to Seek Seat Belts in Motorcoaches
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The Obama administration said it will propose long-sought safety requirements for long-distance buses, including seat belts and stronger roof standards. More

AirTran Airways Putting Ads on Bottom of Seatback Tray Tables, Giving Passengers an Eyeful
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It soon will be harder to avoid advertising if you fly on one major carrier. AirTran Airways is installing ads on the bottom of seat-back tray tables on all its planes. More

Researchers Demonstrate Next-Generation Bus
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The next generation of Twin Cities transit took center stage at the 2009 ITS Minnesota Fall Forum, as Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory (IV Lab) director Craig Shankwitz presented a driver-assistive system for buses operating on bus-only shoulders and bus lanes. The IV Lab is part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, which is housed at Center for Transportation Studies. More

Errors on U.S. Government Web Site Make It Difficult to Track Stimulus Money
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When Barbara Harrison, director of the housing authority in Burkburnett, Texas, recently filled out a form to report a $99,664 federal stimulus award, she didn't know the number for her local congressional district. She doesn't remember what she listed, and now, the grant shows up on a federal Web site as District 00 – which doesn't exist. More

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Does your district live up to that recent directive from OSERS regarding the connection between School and Transportation? Learn how to bridge the policy and practice gap for serving children with disabilities eligible for transportation. Register now for the 19th National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, March 5-10, 2010. MORE

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Launches Critical Infrastructure Web Site
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At the first of a series of recent roundtable meetings with private sector leaders to discuss critical infrastructure security, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled a new Web site designed to inform the public about critical infrastructure protection, readiness and resiliency efforts. More

Report Examines Texting and Other Distractions by Teen Motorists
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A large number of U.S. teenagers text while they drive, according to a report released Monday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. More

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Board Bans Texting For School Bus Drivers
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Between keeping one eye on the road and the other on the kids in the back, school bus drivers don't need any added distractions. With that in mind, Miami-Dade County's school board voted to impose a ban on cell phone calls and texting behind the wheel. The ban extends beyond school bus drivers to include any employee driving a school district vehicle. More

Half of U.S. Teens Say They've Used a Cell Phone While Driving
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About half of teens ages 16 and 17 who have cellphones say they have talked on the phone while driving, and about a third of those teens have texted while behind the wheel. More

NTSB Chairman Laments 'If It Scares, It Airs' Mentality
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In a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Deborah Hersman, a five-year veteran of the NTSB, offered some keen insights into how the Board deals with the media and how the media covers the plane crashes and other major transportation accidents that her agency is charged with investigating. 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


Students May Face an Uphill Climb
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Almost everyone has a grandparent who claims to have walked two miles to school every morning. Uphill. In the snow. Etc. In Fairfax County, it could soon be your 12-year-old trudging to school. More

Homeless Students in Brevard Get Aid
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The number of Brevard Public Schools students without a permanent place to call home more than doubled this year, reaching an all-time high for the district and signaling deeper economic troubles for the county. More


NTSB Report Released on Sherman, Texas Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its report of an investigation into the August 8, 2008, motor coach accident that occurred in Sherman, TX. As a consequence of the accident, 17 people lost their lives and 39 more were injured, including the 52-year-old motor coach driver.

Loss of vehicle control came about due to long-term low-pressure operation of the tires, resulting in failure of the right steer axle tire and has been determined as the probable cause. The highway railing system and a lack of passenger protection contributed to the injuries.

NTSB Recommendations:
School transportation service providers, school bus manufacturers and after-market product suppliers should be cognizant of the following recommendations NTSB made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • All new vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds will be required to have direct tire pressure monitoring systems;
  • New luggage rack anchoring performance standards will be implemented to insure racks remain secure in an accident scenario;
  • Standards will be developed pertaining to occupant protection systems that account for front, rear, side and rollover scenarios;
  • Once standards have been developed, newly manufactured motor coaches will be required to implement those standards and include child safety restraint systems

Other issues to be examined: roof strength, NTSB access to drug and alcohol testing and refusals and tire pressure pre-trip inspections.

For more detailed information, you may access the report at:
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