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Senate Aide Picked to Oversee NHTSA
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President Barack Obama is expected to nominate as early as today a Senate aide as the nation's top auto regulator - a post that will have a critical impact on vehicle safety regulations. David L. Strickland, 41, is expected to be announced as Obama's pick to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, several officials said recently.


Driven with Distraction
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By all accounts, Joe Teater was a youngster with tremendous promise: smart, popular, interested in making movies and videos. But the 12-year-old Michigan boy was killed in 2004 when a driver ran a red light and smashed into the car in which Joe and his mother were riding. The driver who hit Joe's car didn't see the red light because she was talking on her cellphone. More

Niles Looks Back on Outsourcing Busing
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Privatizing transportation with First Student has been good for Niles Community Schools in Michigan. "The company told us we would save $250,000, and we beat that number by $260,000 to $275,000 over anticipated costs from the year before," says Superintendent Doug Law. It has been two years since the school board's decision to outsource its transportation service with a five-year contract. More

Nobody Rides for Free
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School District No. 33 in British Columbia is giving the green light to a new policy that could see all school bus riders pay a fee for service, starting in the new school year. More

The school day begins at the bus stop...
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

Critics Say Roads Safer, But Danger Still Lurks
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Traffic fatalities hit a 40-year low last year, partly owing to the recession - less money can mean fewer trips - and safer cars. Straightforward safety improvements also played a role in reducing those road fatalities. Safety advocates say that despite all the improvements, however, the road is still a dangerous place. More

Feds Open Talk of Gas Tax Hike
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Drivers may have to pay more at the pump so train riders can have an easier commute into New York City - as well as improved highways and repaired bridges. Key federal lawmakers and transportation advocates say raising the federal gas tax could be the only way to establish a long-term, stable funding source for mass transit expansion projects. More

Complaints Against Airlines Fall Sharply
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After hearing Jim Engle talk about the headaches he and his wife endured on a round trip from California to Detroit on American Airlines this summer, it might be surprising to hear that U.S. airlines continue to receive great marks in customer service. More

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How Crash Tests Help Bring Traffic Deaths Down
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spends about $1.5 million each year testing the safety of new cars. Its research has helped bring the annual highway deaths in the United States down to around 37,000 last year - the fewest since 1961. More

Learning from the Bus Crash
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The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report of the Nov. 20, 2006 Huntsville, Ala. crash. The accident prompted a pilot study by the Alabama Department of Education to determine whether to equip school buses with seatbelts. A report summarizing seat belt usage rates is expected at a transportation research board conference in January. More

Find Out if Wi-Fi will be on Your Flight
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Internet connectivity is now available on all Boeing 767-200 aircraft, select MD80's and is coming soon to our 737 fleet. You can enjoy complimentary access to all of what American Airlines has to offer - book flights, hotel or car rental, check your AAdvantage account and more. 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



LOVE THE BUS 2010: Coming Soon to a School Near You

February 2010 will mark the fourth year of the American School Bus Council's annual Love the Bus project, an industry-wide effort to recognize the valuable contributions of the men and women who transport more than 26 million children to school each day. In preparation for Love the Bus 2010, our friends at School Bus Fleet magazine are going to host a webinar to explain how you can activate Love the Bus in your community. LTB veterans and the ASBC PR team will provide ideas and guidance on executing the program in your district. Visit for more information.
CASTO Releases 2009 FARS Data Summary

Each year, Doug Snyder and the California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) analyze the USDOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and compile statistics on fatalities to school age children that take place during normal school travel hours. The result of their work is easily accessible and understandable data that is invaluable for explaining to parents and policymakers just how safe school buses are, relative to the other ways kids get to school. And the best part is you may download, install, and use this database for FREE. Go to and click on Crash Statistics on the right hand side of the page.

Special thanks to Doug and CASTO for updating this information every year and making it available to everyone in the school transportation industry.

NTSB Public Board Meeting

On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public board meeting at 9:30 AM Eastern.  Board members will discuss the January 2, 2008 collision of a Capricorn Bus Lines, Inc. motorcoach and a pick up truck along U.S. Highway 59 near Victoria, TX. 
One fatality and dozens of injuries were sustained in the accident.  Findings, probable cause and recommendations will be released on the NTSB website at the conclusion of the meeting.
Live and archived webcasts will be available on their website at: Please call (703) 993-3100 and ask for Webcast Tech Support, if needed.

NAPT Summit

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, at the NAPT Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, the Honorable Dirk Kempthorne gave his keynote address to NAPT delegates. A former Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Kempthorne is a Washington "insider". Watch his speech on our Web site as he shares his personal perspective on a wide variety of issues - like government business ownership, education reform, regulatory oversight, privatization and environmental activism. NAPT Members Only, click here.
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