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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.

Bullying and Harassment: Thin Line and Thin Ice
May 5, 2011

An expert on legal issues in school transportation discusses the distinction between bullying and harassment and offers best practices for dealing with both on the bus.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke to students and answered a variety of questions from them at a Love the Bus event in Maryland.
NAPT News & Views
April 28, 2011

In a recent blog post, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pointed out that bus drivers are the "first education ambassadors our kids see every day" — a message NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin hopes policymakers will take to heart as they evaluate their difficult budget options.

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Planning and Training Increase School Bus Security
April 21, 2011

Pupil transporters discuss the policies and procedures they have established at their operations to keep students and staff members safe. They also share the training resources they utilize, including state associations, First Observer and courses offered by FEMA.

Growing online
April 14, 2011

For our website, the new year has already brought some new records. January marked the first month that the total number of page views on the site broke 200,000. And we brought in the highest totals of unique visitors and overall visits to the site that we’ve ever had in a month.

NAPT News & Views
April 7, 2011

It’s what we do today and tomorrow that contributes to preventing future accidents. Tight budget situations are not a reason to retreat but to become even more engaged in the conversation locally and nationally about why yellow bus transportation is vital to learning.

Jonathan is a high school student with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair for his mobility.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Cerebral Palsy
April 1, 2011

A physical therapist explains common disabilities and how they affect school bus emergency evacuations. This article, focusing on students with cerebral palsy, is the first in a series.

Performance Friction's Zero Drag caliper has no slide pins, a design that limits deflection. This caliper can be used in race car, truck or school bus applications.
The Right Brakes for the Bus
March 31, 2011

SCHOOL BUS FLEET spoke with officials from three braking system manufacturers about how managing weight, drag and temperature with the right system can keep a school bus safe.

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Parts Suppliers Meet Customer Demand
March 24, 2011

Officials from four companies discuss everything from product stock to ordering to shipping in fulfilling pupil transporters’ needs. They also offer suggestions on how to keep one’s shop inventory organized.

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Lead mechanic Edgar Carrasco (back row,middle) says he and his colleagues depend onparts clerk Oscar Hernandez (front row, middle) to help them get their jobs done. Carrascosays Hernandez is a great asset to the district.
Top Shops 2011
March 17, 2011

This year for our annual series, we shine the spotlight on five maintenance programs with dedicated staff members who have established efforts to save their operations money, work well with their colleagues and earn excellent fleet safety inspection ratings.

Keep spreading the ‘Love’
March 15, 2011

ASBC coordinates Love the Bus and provides plenty of resources, but it’s up to you to make sure that there are celebrations in your area.

NAPT News & Views
March 8, 2011

The idea that school bus drivers in particular need to be recruited and mentored has taken root recently to address a troublesome demographic reality: fewer and fewer young people are choosing "school bus driver" as a career.

Braun Corp. eliminated the standard diagnostics system from its lifts when it was discovered that the system overcomplicated lift maintenance and repair.
Simplifying Wheelchair Lifts
March 7, 2011

The wheelchair lift industry is moving toward technology that reduces equipment complications and helps users better understand how to operate and maintain their lifts.

Cheryl Wolf, an expert on transporting students with special needs, is set to retire March 1 as transportation supervisor for Lafayette (Ind.) School Corp. She plans to remain active in the industry as a consultant. She can be reached at
Special-needs transportation: Looking back while facing forward
March 1, 2011

An expert on transporting students with special needs reflects on changes in the transportation of special-needs students over the past 25 years.

The benefits of mainstreaming
March 1, 2011

Industry professionals say that having special-needs students ride regular-education routes can be cost effective and help the students learn self-advocacy.

Directors Chris Ellison (left), Michael Shields, Pete Meslin and Peter Lawrence discuss issues impacting their departments and other school bus operations across the country.
Keeping the Yellow Bus Running
February 22, 2011

Four transportation directors sit down to assess the state of the nation’s school bus systems. Hear their thoughts on targeting efficiency, cutting down on bullying, contributing to student achievement and more.

ESD 112's transportation cooperative staff comprises a total of 62 employees. Pictured in the back row are Director Patrick Bonin, student intern Torre Jones and mechanic Allen Van Every. In the front are dispatcher Kathy Steinbarge, driver trainer Ingrid Goffic and accountant Ti'a Kanekoa.
Operation Focuses on Efficient, Personal Service
February 17, 2011

The staff at Educational Service District 112’s Specialized Transportation Cooperative in Vancouver, Wash., monitors its growth to cost-effectively meet the needs of its member schools and school districts. Students are provided with customized transportation to maximize their safety.

Turning unsung heroes into ‘sung’ heroes
February 15, 2011

Training isn’t the only factor at work in these situations. In some cases, the heroes were spurred into action by instincts — and their desire to help others.

President Linda Burtwistle says that First Student is “continually striving for zero incidents across the company.”
Q&A: First Student’s Burtwistle on outlook, acquisitions
February 10, 2011

The president of the school bus contractor discusses with SBF her outlook on industry issues for 2011 as well as recent developments with the company.

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