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March 12, 2013  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Another transit agency ordered to halt school bus routes


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has ordered another transit agency to stop bus routes that were tailored to take students to and from school.

According to the Record-Eagle, the FTA directed the Bay Area Transportation Authority in Traverse City, Mich., to halt several routes that were introduced in 2010 to transport about 300 students.

The Record-Eagle reports that the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) filed a complaint with the FTA in April 2011, arguing that the routes were created solely to bus students to and from school — a violation of federal regulations. In a ruling last week, the FTA agreed.

Federal law prohibits transit agencies from using FTA-funded equipment and facilities for exclusive school bus service.

A month earlier, on Feb. 5, the FTA ordered Lake Andes, S.D., agency Yankton Transit to cease and desist from operating exclusive school bus routes. That order was also in response to a complaint filed by NSTA in 2011.

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The problem is not the vehicle it is the use of federal funds to transport students, if the federal government pay extras to transit companies they should pay the same to the schools, so they can have the same pay and service. So the issue is federal government will not pay schools for public transport.

Ghostrider    |    Mar 13, 2013 10:05 AM

More city transits are using 'utility' school buses sold by school bus manufactures for dedicated city provided service routes to and from school, with often better paid drivers with good benefits, very good and safe service at least at high school age. Private contractors create unfair competition between public school transportation services as well, reduced pay for the drivers, loss of decent benefits, and such. I can not find a difference here, especially at the High School level.

jkraemer    |    Mar 12, 2013 10:42 PM

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