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DOE: School bus plan could save $500K by end of year
March 20, 2014
A Hawaii Department of Education official says that the anticipated savings from Oahu’s school bus reform initiative, which is part of a statewide plan to overhaul the transportation program, is $100,000 more than what officials originally expected by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, the department is expanding service in the pilot area, which includes about 30 schools, while decreasing the number of buses in the fleet.
Roberts Hawaii, Ground Transport to bus students in Oahu
December 4, 2013
The contracts will start with the 2014-15 school year — Roberts Hawaii receives 181 routes, and Ground Transport receives 124 routes. This is the latest step in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s “Get on Board” initiative, which aims to reform the state’s student transportation system.
200 more students to get bus service in Hawaii
October 28, 2013
Beginning in November, the State Department of Education's "Get on Board" pilot program will provide school transportation to about 200 more students. The first phase of the initiative restored service to about 350 students at the beginning of the school year.
Hawaii to launch initiative to reform school bus system
July 19, 2013
The state Department of Education is scheduled to kick off its “Get on Board” initiative on Aug. 5, serving as many as 1,000 students at 30 schools who use buses in the Aiea, Moanalua, Pearl City, Radford and Waipahu High complex areas. Officials say one of the more significant features of the initiative is the use of a technology solution that includes routing software, GPS, and an updated and contemporary contracting and procurement process.
New Hawaii measures target rising school busing costs
July 11, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs two bills that are expected to help the state more efficiently manage its student transportation system. Under one of the measures, the Hawaii Department of Education will not need to require school bus contractors to certify that they pay the same wages as public officers and employees.
Honolulu ups transit service after state school bus cuts
July 18, 2012
The City Department of Transportation Services will increase city bus service on four routes. A transit official says that the move aims to ensure that students "won’t be stranded when school starts."
Update: Hawaii restores some bus routes
July 5, 2012
Facing pressure from lawmakers and the public, state education officials save school bus service for about 300 students. Also, busing for year-round schools is extended for the month of July.
Over 100 school bus routes to be cut in Hawaii
July 3, 2012
As part of efforts to tackle a transportation budget shortfall of $17 million, the Hawaii Department of Education identifies 103 school bus routes to be eliminated. The move affects nearly 2,400 students.
Decision not yet reached over Hawaii bus cuts
June 7, 2012
A Hawaii Department of Education proposal eliminating the need for 190 out of the 513 school buses statewide to save money is not approved by the state board of education, as officials say it could increase staff workload, and student tardiness and absenteeism. The issue will reportedly be revisited at an upcoming board meeting.
Hawaii takes on transportation budget shortfall
May 3, 2012
State lawmakers set aside 38% less than the requested $42 million for school transportation for the upcoming school year. The state Board of Education Finance and Infrastructure Committee meets to discuss options to address the shortfall, including reducing bus service.
Hawaii increases school bus fees to offset budget cuts
July 26, 2011
The state Board of Education votes unanimously to increase the bus fare for public school students from 50 cents to $1.25 for a one-way ride. The increase is needed to make up for a $9.6 million legislative cut in funding for student transportation.
Hawaii DOE considers cutting school bus services
March 24, 2011
Eliminating the service on Oahu is one of several options that the state's Department of Education has proposed in the wake of a draft budget approved by the House last week that would reduce the department's funding request by $55 million in both fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
Hawaii candidate tours island on a school bus
July 8, 2010
Neil Abercrombie, who is running for governor, met with local leaders in education, agriculture and the arts. His school bus tour focused on reaching rural communities.
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