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Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes
July 18, 2014
After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.
School bus company closes after 58 years
July 3, 2014
The Douglas family, which ran Douglas Transportation Inc. for three generations, signed a pact with Oregon-based Western States Bus Services Inc., selling all 12 of its buses and its contract with the school district. School budget cuts had lowered profit margins for the company.
$378K allotted for busing district’s rural students
July 1, 2014
The one-time funding allocation from the Peace River Regional District in British Columbia will go toward the cost of transporting students in rural areas during the 2014-15 school year. The funding eliminates the need for those rural families to pay a transportation fee.
The trouble with cutting bus service
May 26, 2014

Increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. In situations like this, long lines of vehicles often build up in the morning and afternoon.

California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses
March 31, 2014
The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.
Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses
March 4, 2014
The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.
School district to bring back busing as pilot program
February 24, 2014
After a 9-year-old girl was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking home in December, parents petitioned the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District to bring back school bus service. The school board decides to implement a pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident
December 12, 2013
Parents with children who attend two schools located near the site of a recent accident have started two online petitions to urge California's Etiwanda School District to resume bus service. Bus service for regular-education students was discontinued in the 2010-11 school year due to budget issues.
Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses
September 6, 2013
Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah, faced a 5% cut in federal funding for special education due to sequestration, and in working to balance the needs in the classroom and on buses, the district reduced the number of aides for special-needs routes from 100 to 67.
Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service
August 13, 2013
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools holds a forum to address the board of education’s decision to stop the service with the 2014-15 school year, and parents, students and other community members attend and tell school officials that their decision was a mistake. The district’s superintendent says he is still exploring other variations of the plan, such as phasing in the bus cuts over a longer period of time.
District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall
July 29, 2013
Among the changes to take effect on Aug. 26 at Maryland's Harford County Public Schools are four new elementary schools being added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions to the district’s transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school students, and consolidated bus stops established for middle and high school bus routes. Officials say the changes will save the district approximately $890,000.
Alabama district to end regular-ed transportation
July 18, 2013
Hoover City Schools officials expect that ending the service — to go into effect in August 2014 — will save more than $2.5 million per year. The district cites "sharply declining revenues" as a key factor in the decision.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
Bus purchases deferred for Massachusetts Head Start programs
April 4, 2013
The purchases will be put off this year due to anticipated budget cuts stemming from the federal sequester. Officials at two agencies that run Head Start programs in the state say that they don’t yet know the extent to which their budgets will be impacted. The Patriot Ledger reports that the sequester reduced the budget for Head Start by 5%.
NYAPT concerned about Citizens Budget Commission report
December 19, 2012
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is concerned that the report questions the value of school transportation and challenges the financial and management decisions made by transportation and school administrators. The association proposes changes to state mandates that it believes will save school districts $200 to $250 million.
'Legends of the Fall': partners to protect the yellow bus
December 4, 2012

NAPT is going to be very involved in making policymakers at all levels of government aware of the vexing problems created when school bus service is threatened by cuts (in dollars or routes) or eliminated.

Taking on the top challenges of the job
December 4, 2012

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead transportation departments through these challenging times.

Calif. district extends busing through 2nd semester
October 30, 2012
School bus service to geographically remote areas will continue through the end of the school year at Lake Elsinore Unified School District. The board had earlier approved temporary bus service, for the first semester, for nearly 2,200 students who live in remote areas.
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