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The 2009 Maryland Driver Instructor Conference had a pirate theme: “Navigating the High Seas of Transportation.”
Getting the most out of in-service training
September 20, 2011

Theories on adult learning suggest that for it to be effective, educators must gain buy-in from the adults, get them involved in the topic and keep presentations fresh. Creating a theme for instructional sessions, a technique that can easily be applied to training for pupil transporters, helps to achieve buy-in and involvement.

NAPT News & Views — The federal fuel economy mandate
September 19, 2011

President Obama recently announced he was ordering the creation of a new national policy that would result in less greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks for the first time. It seems to me the linchpin of long-term success here is simple: Companies still have to meet customer demands at an affordable price.

Tags: EPA, NAPT
A bus’ cross-view mirrors adjusted to meet FMVSS 111. Rosco Vision Systems’ Dave McDonald says it represents a view 12 feet out in front of the bus at the height of a small child, and that you should see the lenses at this location.
How to position and use bus mirrors
September 15, 2011

Officials say the most important component of this effort is complying with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111, which sets forth field-of-vision requirements. They also provide tips on establishing the danger zone around a bus so it is visible in the mirrors, and they discuss proper mirror adjustment.

Pasco County Schools includes bus safety videos on its transportation web page that can be used by its schools during morning announcements.
Tips for Enhancing Your Transportation Website
September 13, 2011

A well-designed pupil transportation website should be easy to navigate, contain information pertinent to its users and be updated regularly.

Tags: NASDPTS
Hector is a fourth-grade student who uses a manual wheelchair for his mobility, as he was born with myelomeningocele, the most significant form of spina bifida.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Spina Bifida
September 9, 2011

This condition is a birth defect that involves incomplete development of the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis of a student’s lower extremities. Many with spina bifida will be totally dependent on the bus staff, so a well thought out evacuation plan is critical. Part 4 of this series also covers spinal cord injuries.

NAPT Summit: great networking opportunities
September 8, 2011

Call me old-fashioned, but I still think the ideal is to talk face to face. The upcoming Annual Summit of the National Association for Pupil Transportation is one of the best ways to make connections and talk face to face with school bus industry peers.

Getting to know my driver
September 6, 2011

Here we were, nearly a decade and a half after I last descended the steps of her bus, both in jobs that led us to this same pupil transportation conference.

SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo (left) presents the Contractor of  the Year award to Kevin Clifford of Huntington Coach Corp. At right is  new NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal.
Kevin Clifford Named Contractor of the Year
September 1, 2011

The president of Huntington Coach Corp. in New York has a passion for saving money for school districts and for increasing the role of contractors in pupil transportation.

Hit the Road: Choosing the Right Tires
August 29, 2011

When selecting tires for a school bus, it is essential to consider how those tires will cope with harsh weather and road conditions, as well as frequent starts and stops.

Tags: tires
Chicago Public Schools' Bureau of Student Transportation Services  transports approximately 21,600 students to and from school. The  operation's new routing system will be designed to serve them more  effectively and efficiently. Photo ©City of Chicago/GRC.
District Targets Efficiency With New Routing System
August 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials say that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.

Taking Routing Data Beyond Routing
August 18, 2011

From key performance indicators to school redistricting to stop-arm violation tracking, there are many ways to benefit from the information in a computerized routing program.

Miller Transportation's branch in Indianapolis provides transportation services during the local parks and recreation's summer camps. This type of work has helped to raise more than $2 million for the bus company.
Finding multiple ways to generate revenue
August 16, 2011

Bus companies and school district transportation departments are making $50,000 to more than $2 million through such efforts as inter-district service, school bus ridership fees and bus advertising. Here, officials discuss the specifics of these programs and other work that brings in extra money.

LEDs Offer an Array of Advantages
August 11, 2011

Suppliers of light-emitting diode (LED) systems say they provide greater longevity, visibility and efficiency. Here, we provide details on some of the latest LED units for school buses.

Tags: lighting
After becoming director of transportation for Litchfield Elementary School District #79, Jeff Walker restructured the department to createefficiencies and increase employee morale.
Case study: Revamping a transportation department
August 9, 2011

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.

The debate on traffic monitoring systems
August 9, 2011

Any drivers who are worried about being photographed and fined, whether at a traffic light or next to a school bus, should shift their focus to following the laws.

NAPT News & Views — Bullying: committing to positive interventions
August 9, 2011

The association discusses steps that it has taken and continues to take to reduce the incidence of bullying on board school buses. These efforts include partnering with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to make available free professional training for the school bus industry to encourage positive interventions.

Tags: bullying
Managing Student Behavior Improves Onboard Safety
August 5, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss practices they have established toward this effort, such as assigned seating. They also address the importance of creating policies on eating and drinking and transporting backpacks and instruments, as well as ways to reduce noise inside the bus.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?
August 4, 2011

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

NAPT News & Views
July 29, 2011

NAPT's Summit this fall in Cincinnati will offer a variety of perspectives that challenge traditional thinking and will help refine creative efforts in matters critical to your organization and the industry at large.

Not just transportation
July 29, 2011

School buses in the U.S. safely shuttle some 24 million kids to and from school each day, but are the big, yellow vessels contributing to the education process in other ways?

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