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Since 1939 the National Congresses (formerly Conferences) on School Transportation have been held periodically with the primary objective of ensuring safe, efficient transportation for school children. Since 1980, the 300-plus delegates from around the country who comprise the NCST have convened each five years. The 16th NCST met on May 17-20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa at the Airport Holiday Inn.

The delegates deliberated and adopted updates to the 2010 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures (NSTSP). The Specifications and Procedures are the primary purpose and product of the Congresses, comprising the delegates' formal recommendations for vehicles, equipment, and operational practices that contribute to the objectives of safety and efficiency. As stated within the introduction to the NSTSP, its intended use is that "the specifications for school buses and procedures for operation are available for states to consider when establishing their standards, specifications, recommendations, and guidelines."

This website is intended for persons who are involved or just interested in the NCST. You will find links to the NCST's adopted Manual of Operating Procedures, the organizational chart, and other information necessary to an understanding of the NCST planning and processes. Whether you want to submit a request for an amendment or interpretation of the NSTSP or just browse for information, we hope you find the site useful.

We welcome your suggestions, and encourage you to email them to Patrick McManamon, Vice- Chairman of the 17th NCST Interim Steering Committee or to any of the other Steering Committee members.

Click here for the timeline and schedule of activities leading up to the 2020 Congress in Des Moines. All participants and interested parties should review and follow these timelines and deadlines for submitting suggested changes to Writing Committees and for planning and preparation for the Congress.


NEWS! The 16th NCST manual is available for ordering. To order your copy of the 2015 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures (NSTSP) click here.

The 2015 NSTSP is now also available in PDF format here.

Requests for Interim Amendments and Interpretations
The delegates to the 16th NCST in May, 2015 approved a new process that will allow State Delegation Chairs and certain others to request an Interpretation or an Interim Amendment to the 2015 NSTSP for items considered to be substantial or urgent. Click here to see how this process works and to download a copy of the Change Request Form. If you have questions, please contact Ron Kinney, Interim Amendments Coordinator.

2020 17th NCST Change Request Form
Click here to download a change request form for the 17th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) scheduled for May 2020. Once downloaded, follow the instructions listed at the top of the change request form. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Kinney, Writing Committees Coordinator.



2015 Revisions to National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures (NSTSP)- Please click HERE to view or download the changes contained in the 2015 NSTSP document in revisions format. Revisions to the NSTSP that were approved in 2015 by delegates to the 16th National Congress on School Transportation are indicated in amendatory format (strike-through for deletions, underline for additions).