The 17th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) has been canceled for 2021.
Please see the announcement here from the Steering Committee to the 17th National Congress on School Transportation regarding the postponement of the Congress. Questions and comments may be directed to any of the listed Steering Committee members or Patrick McManamon, Steering Committee Chair.
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.