New buses to roll into School District 72
Circle the globe 825 times and you will have travelled 33 million kilometres, the distance B.C. school buses travel each year.
Through its annual fleet renewal program, government is providing $11 million for 31 school districts around the province to purchase a total of 96 new buses – three of which will stop in Campbell River to begin service in School District 72.
This is the third year that the Ministry of Education has worked with the Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. to procure buses using the Standing Offer Pricing model, which achieves the best possible pricing. Previously, school districts negotiated with bus providers individually. This pricing has resulted in savings of 10 to 15 per cent each year.
Over 1,000 buses are owned and operated by school districts with student transportation services costing more than $90 million annually. Districts will receive the new buses in spring.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education said, “These new buses will provide safe, comfortable transportation for students while lowering operating costs for districts and ensuring that these savings can be directed into classrooms.”
School District 72 will be getting $330,494 for three buses.
- Districts receive buses with wheelchair lifts where required.
- Buses are replaced based on the following criteria: 80 plus passenger buses 15 years or 400,000 km; 34-76 passenger buses ; 12 years or 325,000 km; 20-29 passenger buses 10 years or 250,000 km.