WASHINGTON — The American School Bus Council (ASBC) released its findings from an analysis of 2008 and the results of a recent survey.
The ASBC found that in 2008, more than 480,000 yellow school buses across the nation transported an estimated 26 million students to and from school, sparing nearly 2.3 billion gallons of fuel and saving families more than $7.3 billion in fuel costs.
The council also found that 87 percent of parents in the U.S. agree that the school bus is the only reliable form of transportation for many students, and without it, the ability of students to access the education system is limited.
"Each day, school buses across the country take more than half the school age population to school without incident," said Barry Stock, president of the National School Transportation Association and an ASBC member, "so we weren't surprised when 70 percent of parents indicated that they see the school bus transportation system as a great convenience. As we round out 2008 and look to the economic reports for 2009, the school bus industry looks forward to continuing to offer families a safe and economical way to transport our children."
Additional data compiled by the ASBC as part of its 2008 analysis is as follows:
Moreover, the ASBC estimated that a teenager that lives five miles from school and drives a 2008 Honda Civic can reduce his or her carbon footprint dramatically — from 1.27 tons of carbon dioxide by driving to 0.12 tons by riding a school bus.