It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and Aledo ISD’s brand new buses arrived just in time. Three of the 12 special-order buses pulled into Aledo this week, with the rest of the dozen expected in the next two weeks.
The purchase of 24 new school buses was approved in the May 2015 bond election. The remaining buses will be purchased over the next few years, based on anticipated growth and needs in the district.
AISD Director of Transportation Steve Bond said the buses are purchased on special order to meet the district’s particular specifications and safety standards.
“The new buses use current diesel power technology which increases fuel efficiency and are eco-friendly,” he said. “They also have 100-gallon fuel tanks vs. the 60-gallon ones in the older buses, which is an extra benefit.”
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At an average of $95,600 each, the buses seat 77. Each is equipped with newer generation cameras and a DVR system to add to the safety of students and drivers.
Bond also said the average life of a school bus is 15 years or about 150,000 miles, according to industry standards.
“With increased ridership and many of the AISD buses nearing the end of their lifespan, the new ones really are just in time,” he said.