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U.S. State-by-State Transportation Statistics
Provides a breakdown of information for each of the 50 states, including the number of K-12 public and private school students transported daily, the number of school buses in each state and the total state aid paid for pupil transportation.
Canadian Pupil Transportation Data
Includes a breakdown of stats for Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Figures reported include the number of school buses operated in each of these provinces and the number of students transported.
North American School Bus Sales
Provides the total number of buses sold in the U.S. and Canada for the year. Also provides a breakdown of bus sales by type (Type A/B, Type C and Type D) in the U.S. and Canada.
Loading/Unloading Fatality Statistics
Provides information on the number of students killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the U.S. The findings come from the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, which the Kansas State Department of Education’s School Bus Safety Education Unit compiles each year.
Bus, Chassis and Engine Specifications
Includes such information as bus classifications for each offering from the large and small school bus manufacturers, suspension type for chassis and fuel type for available engines.
School Bus Seat Belt Laws
This infographic shows which U.S. states have a law in effect requiring seat belts on school buses, or a law that provides a tax incentive for seat belts. Currently, the states that have such laws are California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, New York and Connecticut.
Pupil Transportation Responsibilities: Who Does What?
We asked state pupil transportation directors which agencies in their state perform various pupil transportation duties, such as which agency allocates state funding for pupil transportation and which certifies school bus drivers. Included is a breakdown for those who responded.
This survey is sent to managers and supervisors at school district transportation departments and bus companies. Survey topics covered include the proportion of special-needs students transported by respondents, challenges in busing these students, training topics and resources for training, and mainstreaming of special-needs students.
This survey is sent to managers and technicians at school district transportation departments and contractors. Survey topics include bus-to-technician ratio, fleet age, technician pay, parts purchasing and training sources.
Driver Training Survey
This survey is sent to transportation directors and driver trainers at school districts and contractors. Topics covered in this survey include the frequency and duration of training sessions, the ratio of drivers to trainers among respondents and topics covered in training sessions.
This survey is sent to school bus drivers. Topics include employee satisfaction, career advancement, years of service and job challenges.
This survey is sent to executives and managers at school bus contractor companies. The survey includes information on driver wage and manager salary, driver shortage, bus purchasing and alternative fuels, among other topics.
This survey is sent to directors and managers at school district transportation departments and school bus contractor companies. The survey covers equipment that's included on respondents' buses, such as GPS, lap-shoulder belts, cameras and student tracking systems.
School District Survey
This survey is sent to directors and managers at school district transportation departments. Topics covered in this survey include starting driver pay and director salary, bus-to-dispatcher ratio and driver shortage.
Top 50 Contractor Fleets
Provides a ranking of the 50 largest school bus companies in North America by fleet size. Additional figures reported include the number of students each company transports and the number of school district contracts each company has.
Top 100 School District Fleets
Provides a ranking of the 100 largest school district fleets in the U.S. Additional figures reported include route mileage per bus, starting hourly pay for drivers and the degree of driver shortage at each district.
Pre-1977 School Buses
Provides the percentage of pre-1977 school buses in each of the 50 states.
Provides a recap of the average retail price of diesel in the U.S. over the past year, as well as over the past 10 years.