The National School Transportation Association held its annual Spring Bus-In on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday, and members as well as industry partners attended nearly 200 congressional meetings on such topics as the federal Compliance, Safety and Accountability program and drug testing of commercial drivers.
"This event is incredibly important to our members and for our Association." said NSTA President Tim Flood. "Spending time in our nation's capital as a group speaking to our legislators about our most pressing issues is critical to our success."
NSTA members met with congressional representatives to discuss the reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs, which are set to be deliberated and voted on later this year. Specific issues of concern to private school bus contractors include minimum levels of financial responsibility, Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program reform and concerns with utilization of hair follicle testing for federal drug tests.
In addition to Flood, NSTA President-Elect Todd Monteferrario, Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hey and Government Relations Chairman John Corr were also in attendance as were other members of the American School Bus Council.
NSTA Executive Director Ronna Weber said the meetings were "successful and productive."
The Spring Bus-In also featured committee meetings and a dinner that featured speaker Sam Graves (R-MO), chair of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee.