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Katie, who has spinal muscular atrophy, received her first motorized wheelchair at the age of 2.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: SMA
July 29, 2011

Part 3 of this series focuses on spinal muscular atrophy, which is a group of inherited diseases that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Knowing how to carry passengers with this condition on an evacuation device and including a nurse in training drills will help to ensure their safety. Smirnova
Cutting Costs With Routing Software
July 28, 2011

School bus routing software can drastically reduce costs through routing optimization, and it can protect student riders by helping users identify hazardous landmarks and arrange for curbside pickup.

David Duke joined National Express Corp. as CEO in June. He has 25 years of experience in the student transportation industry.
Q&A: New CEO of National Express Corp.
July 26, 2011

David Duke brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role as CEO of National Express Corp. Here, he discusses his objectives in the position, along with such timely topics as fuel prices and school district budget constraints.

Healthcare Reform’s Material Impact on the Industry
July 21, 2011

Officials at brokerage firm William Gallagher Associates outline components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the penalties employers such as school bus contractors will have to pay for noncompliance.
Bidding on quality
July 19, 2011

A veteran of the school bus contracting industry gives his perspective on what makes for a successful company. The key is in knowing what it costs to provide exceptional service.

As boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy get older, their muscle  strength decreases. Many get a service animal to allow for some  independence.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: DMD
July 14, 2011

Part 2 of this series focuses on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes deterioration of muscle tissue in boys. Knowing how to lift these passengers properly is critical for a safe emergency exit from the bus.

One new testing requirement for belted school bus seats is to pull all of the belts at the same time. Pictured is a test at SynTec Seating Solutions.
New Standards for School Bus Seat Belts
July 12, 2011

In October, the remaining provisions of NHTSA’s final rule on school bus occupant protection go into effect. Here, seat belt manufacturers discuss the changes.

'There, I said it': a discussion on trade shows
July 7, 2011

Publisher Frank Di Giacomo says that in his conversations with school bus industry suppliers, a recurring comment he has heard is that there is an overwhelming number of trade shows. He explores that topic in this editorial.

Honoring our history
July 7, 2011

Ed Bobit felt so strongly about his idea that he went back to the bosses with his resignation letter and decided to give it a go alone. And with that, he launched Bobit Publishing and its flagship publication, Automotive Fleet. After Bobit acquired School Bus Transportation, it relaunched in 1965 as SCHOOL BUS FLEET with a new look and vision.

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NAPT News & Views
July 7, 2011

The association discusses the impact of a terrorism hoax on April 1 in New York State that involved school buses and also its efforts to curb school bus bullying.

Seeing the driver's view
July 7, 2011

As I read about NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman's expedition, I couldn’t help but wonder whether she might take part in a similar experience in a yellow school bus. Hersman riding along on a morning run would be an excellent way to highlight the professionalism that school bus drivers embody.

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Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls’ Long-Mile diesel particulate filter can reduceparticulate matter by more than 85 percent. Itslow exhaust temperature requirement makesit compatible with lighter duty cycles.
The Latest in Emission-Control Technology
July 5, 2011

From diesel particulate filters to diesel oxidation catalysts to crankcase filtration systems to a hybrid system, there are numerous products available to the industry. Their emission-reduction capabilities range from 20 to more than 90 percent, and they can be applied to a variety of engines and school buses.

Richard Wolfington Sr. (right) is pictured with son Richard Wolfington Jr. and daughter Eganne Wolfington McGowan in front of a restored 1898 Wolfington Brougham carriage.
From Buggies to Buses: 135 Years in Transportation
June 28, 2011

Wolfington Body Co. began as a builder of horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century. The company adapted with the times and went on to thrive as a school bus distributor.

Building a Greener Future
June 20, 2011

Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ new transportation facility is expected to save $50,000 to $55,000 per month in energy costs with its many green features, which include wind turbines, solar panels and natural light.

Directors (from left) Chris Ellison, Michael Shields, Pete Meslin and Peter Lawrence continue their discussion of issues facing the industry.
Keeping the Yellow Bus Running: Part 2
June 14, 2011

In the second half of this roundtable discussion, four transportation directors consider ways to ensure the industry’s continued success, from succession planning to performance measurements to sharing services.

Napa (Calif.) Valley USD Transportation Director Ralph Knight plans to power the district’s hybrid buses using solar energy.
Getting Lean, Clean and Green
June 7, 2011

As school districts face growing budgetary concerns, fleet operators are cutting costs by using green technology and implementing eco-friendly policies.

No bullies on board
June 2, 2011

Cutting down on bus bullying will help in bringing students to school ready to learn, and it will allow the driver to stay more focused on driving safely.

Tags: bullying, NAPT
Digital two-way radios can improve school bus security through optional interoperability with first responders and GPS tracking.
More Than Just a Radio
May 26, 2011

Digital two-way radios for the school bus industry offer messaging capabilities, increased capacity, interoperability and GPS tracking, all while remaining affordable.

A Comprehensive Plan for School Bus Accidents
May 19, 2011

A veteran transportation director discusses the four phases of an emergency response cycle in relation to this type of event and how using them enhances student safety.

Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools runs 1,268 school buses and transports 98,000 students.
Everyone’s a Customer
May 12, 2011

Since taking the transportation helm at Montgomery County Public Schools two years ago, Todd Watkins has focused on enhancing customer service while growing and diversifying his management team.

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