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2011 NAPT technology showcase
January 10, 2012

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Cincinnati. New offerings included bonded polyurethane bus seat foam, a stop-arm violation camera system and a low-profile condenser.

Insight on timely topics
January 10, 2012

Speakers during the NAPT Summit discuss such issues as bullying, wheelchair use, training and alternative fuels. Attendees also see several new school buses.

During the NASDPTS conference in Cincinnati, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touted the safety and environmental benefits of yellow school buses.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

Compelling stories behind the numbers
December 28, 2011

At the front of the Pupil Transportation Statistics section in our 2012 Fact Book, there is this slogan: "It's what's behind the numbers that counts." What a great reminder of the importance of school bus transportation.

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Yellow bus industry: a tried and true system
November 29, 2011

Executive Editor Thomas McMahon shares his thoughts on what may cause some parents to avoid having their children ride school buses, but points to the industry's success and the need to inform those parents of the industry's unrivaled safety record.

Many options for alternative fuels
November 22, 2011

Alternative fuels are already being derived from an eclectic range of sources; the future will surely hold many more.

Recent months have seen significant action from federal agencies that affect the school bus industry. 
2011 school bus regulatory highlights
November 15, 2011

August and September were busy months for federal agencies influencing school buses. Here's a wrap-up of major actions announced or in the works.

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Ricon suggests that its lifts be loaded with the wheelchair facing out of the bus, so the battery of the chair is at the back of the lift.
Focused on occupant safety
November 10, 2011

Ricon Corp.’s K and S Series wheelchair lifts feature an interlocked restraint belt, as well as barriers to prevent excessive rolling on the platform. The company offers training for operators and technicians.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can affect cognitive, communicative, behavioral, social-emotional and physical ability. Pictured is Mike, a student who sustained a TBI.
Specific special-needs evacuations: TBI and near drowning
November 7, 2011

Students who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or near drowning will require close physical safeguards and assistance in a bus evacuation. The commotion could set off a seizure.

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4 tips for defusing difficult people
November 3, 2011

Pupil transportation leaders often have to meet with angry people. Staying calm, being respectful, and listening carefully and actively can go a long way toward resolving conflicts.

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School boards on busing challenges, successes
October 28, 2011

In this roundtable, board members from four school districts share insight on the struggle to maintain school bus services in the face of funding shortfalls.

NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says the most surprising finding of a national survey was the number of illegal passes on the right side of the bus.
Q&A: NASDPTS' Mike Simmons strives for team efforts
October 27, 2011

Kicking off his second year as NASDPTS president, Mike Simmons focuses on promoting pupil transportation with other associations and the feds. He also aims to get more states involved in a national stop-arm running survey.

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Justin Wilczynski became fascinated by school buses when he first rode one at age 4. He is pictured here (standing) with staff from his transportation department.
Young guns in the yellow bus industry
October 25, 2011

In this new feature, we turn the spotlight on the younger side of school transportation. Find out how these movers and shakers got involved in the industry, how they contribute to its success and what they see in its future.

Alexandra Robinson (right) has headed many presentations at NAPT conferences. Also pictured is Launi Schmutz, director of transportation at Washington County School District in St. George, Utah.
Photo by Jaime Gallego.
Q&A: NAPT's Alexandra Robinson casts an eye on the future
October 20, 2011

At this year’s conference in Cincinnati, Alexandra Robinson will become president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Her goals include analyzing the link between student achievement and access to school bus service, and maintaining and growing the industry’s pool of strong leaders.

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The Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati will host this year's NASDPTS and NAPT conferences. Photo by J. Miles Wolf.
Annual association conferences: off to Ohio
October 18, 2011

This year’s NASDPTS and NAPT conferences will be held in Cincinnati, covering such topics as student behavior challenges, stop-arm violations and maintaining a transportation program under serious budget restraints. The NAPT trade show will feature more than 100 exhibits from industry suppliers.

Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks
October 13, 2011

Officials say it is important to conduct both federal and state checks, as well as monitor applicants’ driving records. Pupil transporters discuss their operations’ hiring policies and procedures, which include contacting previous employers, and also share suggestions on ways the industry could protect itself against undesirable candidates who move from state to state.

Dan Daniels, president of Trans Tech Bus, says the company's new eTrans Type A all-electric school bus will be ideal for short, defined, repetitive routes.
Trans Tech goes green with electric school bus
October 11, 2011

The Type A school bus manufacturer’s 42-passenger eTrans unit will feature a zero-emissions chassis, a regenerative braking system and the ability to travel 100 to 130 miles per charge. The bus is scheduled to debut at this year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation conference and to go into production next year.

An extra eye in the bus
October 6, 2011

Footage from surveillance cameras can exonerate bus drivers who are falsely accused; on the other hand, it can help in correcting a driver or aide who may not be following proper procedures.

Target bus stop dangers
September 30, 2011

I recently heard the harrowing story of Jaycee Dugard’s life for nearly two decades after she was abducted from a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1991 by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and held captive in the backyard of his home. This got me thinking about what school districts can do to maximize student safety at bus stops.

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder that is commonly called “brittle bone disease.” Fernando, a student with Type III OI, prefers his walker slightly shorter than his therapist does.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: OI
September 30, 2011

Students with osteogenesis imperfecta have bones that break easily. In spite of the urgency of a school bus evacuation, these passengers must be moved slowly and carefully.

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