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Nissan pulls controversial ‘school bus race’ ad
November 17, 2015
After NAPT leads an outcry over the Nissan commercial, which shows a father and son racing a yellow bus to school, the automaker takes it off the air.
Thomas Built Buses delivers 75,000th C2 school bus
November 16, 2015
The landmark Saf-T-Liner C2 goes to Bishop Bus Service in Maryland. Thomas Built has another upcoming milestone: its 100th anniversary.
Zonar, NAPT honor Don Carnahan Memorial Grant winners
November 16, 2015
This year’s 11 recipients will receive up to $50,000 each for school bus security, safety and efficiency technology hardware. Recipients were chosen based on their proposed plans for using Zonar’s fleet management solutions.
Seon unveils 3 new products, contest winners
November 12, 2015
The company launches an in-vehicle mobile data terminal, a cloud-based service and an online portal for real-time bus arrival notifications. It also names anti-bullying grant program and coloring contest winners.
Blue Bird reveals 3 new powertrains for 2016
November 11, 2015
The OEM will offer a new compressed natural gas school bus, a new Cummins diesel engine and a new Eaton transmission next year.
America’s Best winners named at NAPT Summit
November 11, 2015
Kirk Brooks, from Indiana, took the top spot in the technician category, while Dustin Wells, from North Carolina, placed first in the inspector category.
Richmond City Highlight: The Valentine
November 10, 2015
The Valentine museum features exhibitions and collections that share stories and milestones from Richmond, Virginia’s 400-year history. Several permanent exhibitions explore the city’s integral role in American history.
NAPT awards highlight heroism, training efforts
November 9, 2015
Honorees include special-needs transportation expert Kala Henkensiefken and school bus driver Alice Bradley, who was credited with thwarting a potential school shooting.
NAPT heads back to Kansas City in 2016
November 9, 2015
The association’s 42nd Summit will return to Kansas City, Missouri, which was the site of the 2014 event.
Speakers to new transportation directors: No need to ‘reinvent the wheel’
November 9, 2015
Longtime directors impart advice to those new to the job on how to keep up. Getting support from peers, allies in school board members and delegating tasks are all key, they say.
Richmond City Highlight: Virginia State Capitol
November 9, 2015
Capitol Square in downtown holds as its centerpiece the Virginia State Capitol, the seat of many major historical developments. Statues honoring distinguished Americans, such as George Washington and John Marshall, can also be found in the square.
Highly structured delivery schedule keeps sizable school bus fleet running
November 9, 2015
The transportation department at Richmond, Virginia-based Henrico County Public Schools serves 75 schools and about 29,000 students. It devised an efficient hub system to accommodate a four-tier bell schedule to transport students to their schools on time.
NHTSA chief: ‘School buses should have seat belts. Period’
November 8, 2015
Before a large crowd of pupil transportation officials, Administrator Mark Rosekind revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new stance, that “every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt.”
Pam McDonald named SBF's Administrator of the Year
November 8, 2015
Whether it's saving money on fuel or keeping an important event afloat, Pam McDonald knows how to make it happen: partnerships. The longtime pupil transportation leader has helped strengthen the industry by building vital connections with colleagues and suppliers.
Q&A: Trucker-turned-triathlete on staying fit for driving
November 8, 2015
After experiencing the decline in fitness that often accompanies truck driving, Siphiwe Baleka set out to develop a realistic routine for truckers to get in shape. Now, he brings his health message to the school bus world.
NAPT News & Views — Federal data: an 'A' grade for school bus safety
October 12, 2015

In June, NHTSA published its latest edition of “School-Transportation-Related Crashes,” a benchmark of how the school bus industry is performing on the safety front. If this were a report card, it would be an “A” grade for our industry.

School Bus Safety Week: Can we talk?
September 8, 2015

Should we move National School Bus Safety Week to late August or early September to dovetail with the national and local back-to-school news cycle?

Iowa district transportation director Danny Thede to retire
August 19, 2015
After nearly 30 years in the school bus industry, Thede will step down as Indianola Community Schools’ transportation director in September.
NAPT News & Views — Market disruptors make waves to ride them
August 3, 2015

There is a need for our industry to be more cognizant of "market disruptors" — people or organizations that redefine the status quo and then use the entropy they create to profit from the change they bring to the marketplace.

New edition of special-needs transportation manual available
July 31, 2015
The fifth edition of NAPT’s Transporting Children with Disabilities, authored by Dr. Linda Bluth, provides new and updated information.
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