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February 2013 Issue


Special-needs collaboration streamlines service

By Lori L. Riddles

By establishing policies on which students can receive special-needs bus transportation and providing those students with the exact services they need, transportation departments can operate buses efficiently, creating cost savings for districts. Communication and teamwork between school and transportation personnel are essential to achieving this.

Child-check devices: a vital reminder

To protect kids from being left stranded, drivers have to carefully check their bus. Electronic systems can help keep that duty from being neglected.


Hurricane Sandy: the impact on NYC's school bus fleets

Last fall’s massive storm on the East Coast created a surge of challenges for student transportation in New York City, from flooded bus yards and offices to fuel and equipment shortages. Here’s an overview of the crisis and how the city’s Office of Pupil Transportation responded.

Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

Editorials

NAPT News & Views — Safety performance: The silence is deafening

The public expectation of outstanding performance is now carved in stone based on decades of our industry doing just that. So, trying to get reporters interested in still another story about our safety record is challenging to say the least.

Achieving efficiency in special-needs bus service

In conducting our 2013 Special-Needs Survey, we asked recipients what efficiencies or cost savings they’ve been able to achieve in special-needs transportation, and how they did so. Here are some responses.

An educational event in the Emirate

A key development in the school bus world last year was the heightened level of contact between the U.S. industry and those involved in pupil transportation in foreign nations. Perhaps most notable among those connections was in Dubai, whose Roads and Transport Authority tapped the expertise of our National Association for Pupil Transportation to promote school bus safety in the Emirate and beyond.

Don’t fall out of your seat

Do some school bus drivers need their passengers (or someone else) to remind them to buckle up? Recent incidents of un-belted drivers falling out of their seat show the need for managers to regularly monitor their drivers’ seat belt use — and to enforce penalties for not complying.

Pros and cons of students riding transit buses

A Transportation Research Board committee was not able to pinpoint data on student transit fatalities because students are not an established subset of transit ridership. This said, a strong transit system can play an important role in high school education.

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