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“Safety is always a factor when we look at


capacity,” Jackson said. “When that bus goes out to pick up students, we want to make sure we have the capacity to pick up all students.” Jackson explained that his routes include rural


areas and mountainous roads that encroach on the habitat of local wildlife. “We never want to have a student waiting too long on the side of the road, because we have mountain lions, bears and even moose. So, we want to make sure we pick up students on time.” Jackson said the transportation department budget is allotted $2.1 million annually, with reducing fleet age being the spending priority. “We have to figure out how many buses we can purchase to phase out the older buses,” he said. “One of our oldest buses is 18 years old.” He said the district tries to keep maintenance


costs down by buying extended warranties on each new bus and monitoring the mileage, so as to keep the warranties in effect. “Our biggest focus is not overworking the buses, so we rotate out our buses for mileage to reduce our maintenance costs,” he explained. “Our mechanics like it, because they


An increasing number of student transporters are making decisions on purchasing extended stop arms, in an effort to halt illegal passers.


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34 School Transportation News • JANUARY 2019


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