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Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95 strives to put its bus stops in residential neighborhoods, away from busy thoroughfares. Photo courtesy of Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95.
Tips and tools to select safe stops
July 23, 2013

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

Shop pop quiz: commonly missed issues
July 18, 2013

The following questions cover commonly missed issues in school bus maintenance. For the budget-minded director or fleet manager, making sure that technicians get these types of items right the first time is important in keeping costs down.

Safety beyond the school
July 16, 2013

The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.

Industry veteran pens travel book
July 16, 2013

Sian Thornthwaite of STC Consultancy in Pride Park, Derby, U.K., journeyed around the U.S. last summer with her beagle, Bailey, and wrote about their adventures in Dog Days in New England.

NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world
July 16, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

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Why transporters and educators should work together
July 16, 2013

The No. 1 win is for students with disabilities, who through this collaboration will get the most appropriate transportation service in a high-quality, efficient and safe way.

I took the wheel — of a yellow bus
July 16, 2013

The goal was for me to get a better sense of what school bus drivers face in terms of maneuvering such a large vehicle on the road. Its ease of maneuverability was eye-opening.

What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

External public address systems enable drivers to direct students to cross safely in front of the bus, help guide maintenance workers and share information with teachers, aides, parents and first responders during emergency situations. Pictured: Robert Reese from the Capital School District inDover, Del.
PA systems help drivers communicate safely
July 9, 2013

Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.

CEO Blake Krapf says that one of the biggest changes in the business has been districts’ increased financial pressure.Photo by Time Inc., courtesy of IC Bus
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Chris Shigley, national sales manager for REI, says stop-arm violation awareness is vital in the school bus market today.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

Do I take the job?: 7 steps to making the right call
June 25, 2013

For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a great career path or a rocky road. Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.  

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How to fine-tune bell times for bus efficiency
June 19, 2013

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

The conference was developed in a partnership between the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) in the U.S. At center is NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin.
Dubai conference draws global insights on school transport
June 17, 2013

Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate’s first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and security, driver training and other areas. NAPT President Alex Robinson says that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”

School buses: slowly growing green
June 14, 2013

How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.

NAPT News & Views — We need a national school bus policy
June 11, 2013

We need a national school transportation policy that underscores the critical connection between classroom learning and efficient, reliable and safe student transportation. And, we need stable funding instead of the “let’s make a deal” maneuvers that occur in cash-strapped state legislatures.

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Making positive changes at a new operation
June 4, 2013

With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.

Donny Bynum, superintendent of Dale County Schools, says an event at the Alabama State Department of Education that honored bus driver Charles Poland and his passengers was “an incredible day in the healing process.”
Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery
May 28, 2013

In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.

Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district
May 21, 2013

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

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