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As 2009 comes to a close, NAPT wishes its members and industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. What follows are the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication January 7, 2010.

Locally sold hybrid school bus one of first in Virginia
The News and Advance, Lynchburg, VA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Campbell County company has sold one of the first hybrid school buses to go on the roads in Virginia. 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

School bus camera shows drivers illegally passing stopped bus
WTEN-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The results of a pilot program that used cameras on school buses to record how many drivers illegally passed stopped school buses were released. More

Schools brace for strike fallout
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Philadelphia School District, which was closed for staff training, is bracing for "a dramatic effect on attendance" as the SEPTA strike enters its second day. More

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Unsafe school buses stay on the road
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As many as 2,000 school buses with potentially serious safety problems are still transporting students even though a bus manufacturer and government safety regulators have known about some of the recalled parts for as many as eight years, the Tribune has found. More

Bus outsourcing temporarily halted
Pennsylvania Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Central Dauphin School District has to halt the outsourcing of its school bus transportation -- at least for now. More

Lawmaker looks to make change after Middleville mom ordered to stop watching friends' children waiting for bus
Michigan Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Francie Brummel and Lisa Snyder thought they had a perfect solution to getting their two kids on the Thornapple Kellogg school district bus. More

Texting while driving: the new drunk driving
The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jennifer Smith, a Texas real estate agent, remembers when she considered her car an office, her cellphone a professional lifeline. If it rang, she picked it up. If she thought of information to share, she dialed. She knew that it wasn't the best idea to chat while driving, of course, but it wasn't illegal, and she didn't want to lose clients. Besides, she figured, she was careful. More

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Swine flu prompts hundreds of schools to close
Associated Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of students staying home sick with the flu is multiplying nationwide, and normally quiet school nurses' offices suddenly look like big city emergency rooms, packed with students too ill to finish the day. The federal government has urged schools to close because of the swine flu only as a last resort. But schools are closing by the dozens. More

New school bus offers extra safety features
The Wauneta Breeze    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grand Island Schools could have avoided a media firestorm recently if it had the newest member of Wauneta-Palisade’s bus fleet. Earlier this month, a 3-year-old Grand Island preschool student was left alone on a bus for three hours after the bus driver had made his rounds. More

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School bus seat belt study enters final research year
Science Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The pilot study assessing the impact of the installation of lap/shoulder seat belts on a limited number of Alabama school buses is entering the final research year. The study, conducted through UA's University Transportation Center for Alabama, will provide information about school buses with seat belts for possible adoption throughout the nation. More

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