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Off-peak delivery benefits all of us
August 1, 2006

Many people head to lunch at noon every day, out of habit mostly. Is there an advantage to eating at noon? Not really.

Bus Empty?: Solving the Stranded-Pupil Problem
August 1, 2006

Why are children continually abandoned on school buses? The reasons abound, but so do the possible solutions. Applying multiple strategies to train, remind and check up on drivers will help ensure the safety of precious cargo.

High-Tech Options for Tracking Students
August 1, 2006

School bus operators who want to track the time and place of student boardings and deboardings have three options: bar codes, radio frequency identification (RFID) and biometric systems. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Bus Briefs
August 1, 2006

Arkansas judge dismisses seat belt lawsuit
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A lawsuit alleging that a school bus involved in a fatal crash was defectiv...

Help us help you
June 1, 2006

I was in Washington, D.C., recently for an industry lobbying effort that brought together key players from the school bus community.

The risk inside the bus
June 1, 2006

We in the pupil transportation industry are justifiably proud of our safety record. We have fewer crashes, fewer injuries, and fewer fatalities than a...

Useful Techniques to Optimize Mirror Training
June 1, 2006

Mirror grid systems are designed to assist in the instruction of proper mirror usage. Choosing the right system can enhance the learning experience and increase a driver's visual capacity, especially around the danger zone.

Q&A: Rising Fuel, Bus Prices are Key Challenges
June 1, 2006

International's Michael Cancelliere says school bus operators need to examine idling practices and routing efficiency to minimize the impact of high fuel prices. Meanwhile, he predicts a 5 to 8 percent increase in volume of bus sales this year.

Don't Let a Crisis Ruin Your Reputation
June 1, 2006

Open the channels of communication immediately if you've been plagued by one of the "Seven Deadly Sins." Or face the loss of your employees' confidence.

Keys to Surviving Changes in Leadership
June 1, 2006

Transportation managers must be prepared to assist the new boss whenever necessary, not only for the benefit of the department, but also for his or her own career path. Here are some steps to ensure you put your best foot forward.

Acclaimed keynote speaker on tap for Kansas City conference
June 1, 2006

Phenomenal keynote speaker Bill Butterworth, whose wit and wisdom continues to inspire audiences across the nation, has authored more than a dozen books on subjects ranging from business to psychology.

The Lincoln Memorial: a monument to membership
June 1, 2006

In this, the second in a series of five articles by NAPT board members, Alexandra Robinson communicates NAPT’s vision of and commitment to membership growth and an allegiance to the unselfish dedication exhibited by Abraham Lincoln.

Conference keeps transporters on track with technology
June 1, 2006

More than 200 pupil transportation professionals convened here during the first week of April to network, share strategies and learn about new technology.

Thomas Built asks children to choose 'Driver of the Year'
June 1, 2006

Thomas Built Buses has created a contest in which school bus drivers will be honored by those who rely on them most — their passengers.

Driver retires after 50 years behind wheel
June 1, 2006

When William “Alex” Alexander began driving school buses for Spring Branch Independent School District (ISD) in 1956, he never would have guessed the extent of his contributions to the community. Now, Alexander is retiring after 50 years of service.

Spec'ing tips offered at CASTO conference
June 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO — The importance of writing proper bus specifications was emphasized by Charlie Hood, Florida’s state pupil transportation director, during a session at the 38th annual conference of the California Association of School Transportation Officials in San Diego.

Patience pays off
June 1, 2006

In 1999, soap actress Susan Lucci (All My Children) finally won a Daytime Emmy Award — on her 19th try.

The Industry's Voice in Washington D.C.
June 1, 2006

The three major pupil transportation associations have been lobbying lawmakers in the nation's capital about concerns over rising fuel prices, security and funding of the Clean School Bus USA program.

Driven by technology
April 1, 2006

Twelve years ago, I used e-mail for the first time. It was a difficult transition for me, especially since I’m not a good typist. But I’ve come a long way since then.

How Small Operations Conquer Big Challenges
April 1, 2006

The challenges some smaller operations face can mirror those of larger operations. However, dealing with difficult routing scenarios, attendance issues or the expense of training materials for just a handful of drivers makes a huge difference.

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