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California transportation agency finds cost savings in mobile program
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California's Orange County Transportation Authority has debuted a text messaging program to save money on its communications with passengers and cut down on call center activity. The agency will soon begin to promote the initiative through street teams and signage at highly used bus stops. The service lets passengers text into the transportation agency's call center to find out schedule information.


Congress to invest in intelligent transportation systems to create jobs
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As Congressional leaders work to craft a jobs package that will address our nation's alarming unemployment levels, they would do well to invest in Intelligent Transportation Systems and other transportation projects that will modernize our nation's aging infrastructure and improve the performance of our multimodal transportation systems. More

Locally sold hybrid school bus one of first in Virginia
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Loudoun County Public Schools bought its first hybrid bus, which will run on diesel fuel and on electricity, from Sonny Merryman Inc. The bus will go into operation in the Northern Virginia county in early 2010. The Thomas Built Buses SAF-T-LINER C2e is the first one Sonny Merryman officials know of being sold in the state. More

Traffic accident avoidance technology advances
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Sensors in roads and in vehicles provide new ways to minimize crashes, and the deaths and injuries that come with them. Last year in Minnesota vehicle crashes caused 455 deaths, but two innovations are designed to help drivers avoid them. More

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CDOT Launches iPhone application to help estimate blood-alcohol content
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Have you had too much to drink? There's an app for that. The Colorado Department of Transportation has created a free iPhone program that lets users calculate their blood-alcohol level. More

Traffic-weary kids driven to answer
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Although they're not old enough to drive, children are affected by traffic. Kids wait out gridlock in the back seat of their parents' cars, concerned they might miss a soccer practice, school event or play date. One group of McLean boys has had enough. The fourth- and fifth-graders plan to launch, a ride-sharing Web site that matches up drivers and riders, depending on their destinations. More

Transportation commissioner ruled out all-way stop at hazardous corner before crash
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The Queens, New York transportation commissioner ruled out an all-way stop for a hazardous Middle Village corner just months before a bus carrying preschoolers overturned in a traffic accident a block away, leaving the tots bumped and bruised. More

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Payback time for public schools
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Public school leaders across the state of North Carolina are recalculating their budgets to figure out how many millions they owe charter schools to comply with a state court ruling. This month, the state Supreme Court refused to review a state Court of Appeals ruling that said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system had undercounted how much money it owed charter schools, which are independent public schools. The school districts with charter schools are supposed to pass along a per student share of local education money. More

Teachers begin using cell phones for class lessons
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Ariana Leonard's high school students shuffled in their seats, eagerly awaiting a cue from their Spanish teacher that the assignment would begin. "Take out your cell phones," she said in Spanish. Leonard's class at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Florida is one of a growing number around the country that are abandoning traditional policies of cell phone prohibition and incorporating them into class lessons. More

Bus safety program conducted
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In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week, staff from Seymour public schools, All-Star Transportation and the Seymour Police Department conducted bus safety programs at all Seymour schools. The program addressed school bus safety, school bus evacuations and bus emergencies. At the end of the week, a mass casualty, multi-vehicle mock bus crash took place at Seymour Middle School. More

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School bus routes to be scaled back or cut completely
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40,000 public school students ride the school bus every day in Hawaii. Come April, that number will be cut considerably. "The Legislature has already made it known that bus transportation is not an entitlement, it's something that we can provide if we have the funds available," says Garrett Toguchi, Board of Education Chairman. More

Five commuter iPhone applications you've gotta try
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The ubiquitous iPhone has more than 100,000 apps that can do everything from tell you the weather in Nome, Alaska to give you headlines from The New York Times to order you a burrito from Chipotle. Transit types are getting wise to the power of smartphones and offering a growing number of apps that can enhance your commute whether you are on two wheels, four wheels or public transit. More

Efforts to address highway congestion through real-time traffic information systems are expanding but face implementation challenges
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States and local agencies and the private sector use a variety of services and technologies to disseminate real-time traffic information to the public. The coverage provided by these services and technologies is expanding, but there are gaps in coverage and variations in aspects of real-time traffic information. The private sector is expanding coverage, in part by using newer technologies to increase the collection of traffic data. Like the public sector, the private sector faces limitations to its coverage and data quality. 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


2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest

Students from across the country are sharpening their pencils and getting to work on this years' National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest (NSBSW). This year the theme for the NSBSW Poster Contest is: "Be Aware - Know The Danger Zone!"

Students must participate and win at the state level in order to be entered in the National Contest. Judging takes place at the NAPT Annual Summit & Trade Show, this year's location is Portland, Ore., from October 30 - November 4, 2010.

The Poster Contest Theme this year becomes NSBSW Theme the following year. For example, this year the National School Bus Safety Week Theme is: "Cross in View, It's the Right Thing To Do!" Schools around the country will be using the theme to develop pupil transportation safety curricula.

National winners of the Poster Contest receive a U.S. Savings Bond and their artwork appears on the NAPT Web site.

Click here for Official Poster Rules.
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Q&A Released

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has recently released a series of question and answer (Q&A) documents to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics related to the regulations for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). OSERS issued this information to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding the requirements for serving children with disabilities eligible for transportation.

Generally, the questions, and corresponding answers, presented in the Q&A documents required interpretation of the IDEA and its implementing regulations and the answers are not simply a restatement of the statutory or regulatory requirements. Feel free to visit IDEA Web site for additional information.
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