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Technicians at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Mo., have formed a “Shop Professional LearningCommunity,” where they get together to share solutions to problems and develop maintenance best practices.
How to make the most of technician training
March 12, 2013

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

NAPT News & Views — Safety performance: The silence is deafening
March 5, 2013

The public expectation of outstanding performance is now carved in stone based on decades of our industry doing just that. So, trying to get reporters interested in still another story about our safety record is challenging to say the least.

Achieving efficiency in special-needs bus service
March 1, 2013

In conducting our 2013 Special-Needs Survey, we asked recipients what efficiencies or cost savings they’ve been able to achieve in special-needs transportation, and how they did so. Here are some responses.

An educational event in the Emirate
February 26, 2013

A key development in the school bus world last year was the heightened level of contact between the U.S. industry and those involved in pupil transportation in foreign nations. Perhaps most notable among those connections was in Dubai, whose Roads and Transport Authority tapped the expertise of our National Association for Pupil Transportation to promote school bus safety in the Emirate and beyond.

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Don’t fall out of your seat
February 25, 2013

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their seat show the need for managers to regularly monitor their drivers’ seat belt use — and to enforce penalties for not complying.

Pros and cons of students riding transit buses
February 21, 2013

A Transportation Research Board committee was not able to pinpoint data on student transit fatalities because students are not an established subset of transit ridership. This said, a strong transit system can play an important role in high school education.

With Zonar’s EVIR system, drivers scan a tag at the back of the bus as part of their vehicle inspection.
Child-check devices: a vital reminder
February 19, 2013

To protect kids from being left stranded, drivers have to carefully check their bus. Electronic systems can help keep that duty from being neglected.


In Coney Island, boats from nearby marinas landed in bus yards. In the case pictured here, the boat’s bow pierced a bus, causing major damage.
Hurricane Sandy: the impact on NYC's school bus fleets
February 14, 2013

Last fall’s massive storm on the East Coast created a surge of challenges for student transportation in New York City, from flooded bus yards and offices to fuel and equipment shortages. Here’s an overview of the crisis and how the city’s Office of Pupil Transportation responded.

Genesee Intermediate School District’s (GISD) transportation consortiums bus special-needs and career/technical-education students in 21 school districts. The district is based in Flint, Mich.
Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training
February 12, 2013

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

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Special-needs collaboration streamlines service
February 1, 2013

By establishing policies on which students can receive special-needs bus transportation and providing those students with the exact services they need, transportation departments can operate buses efficiently, creating cost savings for districts. Communication and teamwork between school and transportation personnel are essential to achieving this.

Products at the NAPT trade show
January 29, 2013

Here are details on some of the new offerings from industry suppliers that were on view and announced during the two-day show in Memphis, Tenn. They include wheelchair lifts, a bus air-conditioning line and an integrated vehicle tracking and routing system.

A closer look at a Great Fleet
January 29, 2013

Whereas past editions of Great Fleets have been short profiles of several outstanding school bus operations, this time we take an in-depth look at one outstanding operation: Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools.

NAPT News & Views — When NTSB talks, we listen!
January 29, 2013

Over the years, the National Transportation Safety Board has become the gold standard for safety recommendations that should be taken to heart, and the agency’s vice chairman, Christopher Hart, is among its best keepers of the flame. There was much to be learned from his excellent presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., in October.

Bus drivers vs. bad stereotypes
January 29, 2013

Comments in a few of the latest Thomas Built Buses Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year essays pointed to a negative perception of school bus drivers that the children had developed based on what they had read or seen on screen. But, fortunately, the kids’ worries were put to rest when they actually rode the bus and had positive experiences with their drivers.

Regarding pupil transportation in New York City, Alex Robinson says that "driving, routing and picking up within huge, complex traffic patterns is difficult. But we do it very safely."
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Alex Robinson builds training in NYC, partnerships at NAPT
January 24, 2013

Two months after becoming president of NAPT, Alex Robinson began running the largest school district transportation department in the nation in December 2011. Since then, her staff at the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation has undergone more than 40 hours of training, and NAPT has grown its connections to relevant organizations around the globe.

David Anderson, the director of transportation and fleet service at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, has long been a proponent of adopting alternative fuels and retrofitting older diesel buses to reduce emissions.
David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 22, 2013

The director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado’s Adams 12 Five Star Schools has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also set up mechanic apprenticeship programs to help young people enter the field.

Greg Akin (left) of Volusia County (Fla.) Schools, Pete Meslin of Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Judy Shanley of Easter SealsProject ACTION highlighted the benefits of transition planning.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
January 17, 2013

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, with more state directors announcing their retirement.

The family of Hunter Pitt, who was killed when his school bus ran over him, watches a safety video they worked on with Missouri organizations. On screen is the driver of the bus that ran over Hunter, Willie Leonberger.
Distracted driving, bullying are key concerns in Memphis
January 15, 2013

A session at the NAPT Summit addresses ways that managers contribute to distracted driving, while a keynote presentation covers fatal school bus accidents caused by inattentive drivers. Handling problematic student behavior is the focus of a panel discussion and a joint presentation. At the trade show, Blue Bird unveils its redesigned Type D buses.

The case for crossing arms
January 10, 2013

Many actions have resulted in reducing the overall average danger zone fatalities from 29 to 12, but by far the greatest reduction is in front of the bus — a 73% reduction compared to 47% in the other positions. Jeff Cassell, president of the School Bus Safety Co., says he believes the answer is crossing arms.

Debbie Rike, director of transportation for Shelby County Schools, talks with bus driver Curby White outside of Shadowlawn Middle School.
A day in the life of a transportation director
January 8, 2013

At Shelby County Schools, enhanced driver training and partnerships with school staff have led to drastic improvements in student behavior on the bus. Here, we spend a day with Director of Transportation Debbie Rike to see how she steers the operation toward success.

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