Members of the National School Transportation Association met with federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday during the annual "Bus-In." School bus contractors discussed legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to student transportation and their businesses.
Also on hand at the Bus-In are other industry representatives from the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services to meet with federal agencies.
"We are excited to welcome our members to Washington, D.C. once again. Meeting with federally elected officials and discussing our most pressing issues is critical to our continued success," said NSTA President Tim Flood.
NSTA members met Tuesday for their quarterly meeting before adjourning for a dinner with Rep. John Mica (R-FL), the former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (pictured, above). On Wednesday, the group had more than 190 individual Hill meetings organized by Prime Policy Group for its members with Congressional representatives.
In addition to individual congressional representatives, the industry's three associations met with federal agencies including EPA, FMCSA, NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Meanwhile, NSTA launched a redesigned website. It includes a simplified presentation of industry news on the home page as well as links to sections containing membership information, a search for school transportation member companies, information for school administrators on why and how to outsource transportation. NSTA also made it simpler to navigate to information about the association, its annual meetings and events and its board of directors.