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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 will meet on May 17-20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa at the Airport Holiday Inn.

The delegates will deliberate and adopt proposed 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 web site is intended for persons who are involved or just interested in the upcoming NCST. As they are updated leading up to 2015, you will find links to the NCST's adopted Manual of Operating Procedures, the schedule of events, the organizational chart, and other information necessary to an understanding of the NCST planning and processes. Whether you want to submit a suggested revision, learn which Writing Committees are in place and what they are up to, or just browse for information, we hope you find the site useful.

We welcome your suggestions, and encourage you to email them to Murrell Martin, Chairman of the 16th NCST Steering Committee or to any of the other Steering Committee members.



Congress-ready Change Proposals
Click here to download the changes to the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures (NSTSP) that will be presented by the Writing Committees at the  16th NCST. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate Coordinators or Writing Committee Chair.

16th NCST
Des Moines, Iowa, May 17-20, 2015

UPDATE, 5/12/15: Please link here for the latest information on the Congress schedule and other information you will need prior to arriving in Des Moines:.

Congress Agenda and On-site Information (updated 5/12/15)

New NCST Location Announced

Press Release:
NCST Updates (2/25/15)



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