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Report sheds light on bus fee, ad rules
December 20, 2011
Twelve states allow — and one state mandates — school districts to charge fees for home-to-school transportation, according to a report from the Florida Legislature’s research arm that examines revenue generation. Thirteen states allow advertising on the inside and/or outside of school buses.
Finding multiple ways to generate revenue
August 16, 2011

Bus companies and school district transportation departments are making $50,000 to more than $2 million through such efforts as inter-district service, school bus ridership fees and bus advertising. Here, officials discuss the specifics of these programs and other work that brings in extra money.

Bus fee program to use high-tech tools
August 11, 2011
The superintendent of Keller (Texas) Independent School District says that the system “will operate in much the same way as a city bus pass.” Families can use an online portal to pay either monthly or by the semester for a pass, which will come in the form of a student ID card with embedded RFID tags.
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.
Texas district approves fare-based bus system
July 21, 2011
Keller Independent School District's board of trustees meets to address $32 million in budget cuts, and establishes a pay-for-ride bus service to replace the free service. The new service offers a monthly payment option for parents.
District struggles to break even with fee-for-service busing
July 12, 2011
The transportation department for the Colorado school system has signed up only half of the 3,000 student riders needed to break even with the new program. Students must pay $1 per ride. School board officials say if the operation can't meet its obligations for service, they could consider working with bus companies that bid on the service.
Task force, school committee agree to $540 bus fee cap
May 26, 2011
The bus fee for the Massachusetts school district will remain at $270 per student, but the cap will reduce the cost for families with three or more children.
60-percent bus fee hike rejected
May 19, 2011
Public school trustees vote down the proposal by Calgary Board of Education administrators. The move would have cost parents of an elementary or junior high student $33.50 per month, up from $20 per month to ride the same bus this year.
Board proposes 60-percent school bus fee increase
May 5, 2011
The Calgary Board of Education's proposal addresses an $8.8 million gap between transportation costs and funding, as well as a 10-percent increase in fuel costs. A board member says they will consider eliminating bus routes and a position in transportation to minimize the fees.
Board objects to parents paying for bus service
February 24, 2011
The decision is made during a trustees meeting this week. Board members for the British Columbia district approved a motion for senior administration to more efficiently transport students. Monitoring ridership is one suggestion.
Town receives ‘hundreds’ of fee-based bus transportation applications
October 7, 2010
The news comes from the chair of the Framingham (Mass.) School Committee. The committee will discuss the issue at a meeting on Thursday night and provide a detailed proposal regarding fees next Tuesday.
What's New in the Top 100?
October 5, 2010

Recent developments related to six of this year's largest school district fleets in the nation.

District launches per-ride bus fee system
September 30, 2010
Douglas County School District recently became the first district in Colorado to charge a fee for bus service. Interestingly, the fee is based on usage rather than being a flat price.
To fee or not to fee?
September 20, 2010

It seems counterintuitive to deter districts from using fees to keep their bus programs running. If a district can’t afford to continue providing free rides and has to cut transportation, no one wins.

District drops $200 bus rider fee
August 20, 2010
Officials at Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota say that there has been an increase in the number of students who qualify for a reduced fee or no fee and as more students qualify, the district will collect less revenue from the fees. The district also rescinded the fee because the transportation department has negotiated a freeze in the expense of outsourcing bus service.
Indiana districts drop bus rider fees
July 27, 2010
Franklin Township Community School Corp. forgoes plans to charge a $75 fee following Attorney General Gregory Zoeller’s legal opinion that such fees are unconstitutional. The district’s board disagrees, but feels that being sued over the fee could be costly. Lake Central School Corp. drops its $10 fee out of respect for Zoeller’s opinion.
Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.
District eliminates school bus service, with backup plan
June 10, 2010
If 85 percent of parents of current riders approve a fee increase for bus passes, regular-ed transportation will be reinstated at Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. Transportation Director Tim Purvis remains optimistic.

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