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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.

Photo by Barry Johnson
Many paths lead to yellow busing
September 27, 2011

Here, several industry professionals share how they got their start in pupil transportation.

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

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