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THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT GATEWAY TO EDUCATION KEEPING KIDS SAFE.

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1 THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT GATEWAY TO EDUCATION KEEPING KIDS SAFE

2 The Importance of School Buses The nations fleet of 480,000 Yellow School Buses provides safe and environmentally friendly transportation to 26 million children every day There are more school buses than planes, trains and transit buses combined Every school bus reduces traffic by 36 cars

3 The Importance of School Buses School bus drivers are the first and last student contact each day Yellow School Buses support academic achievement with equal access to educational opportunities

4 The Importance of School Buses Competition for other educational resources presents a significant challenge So why spend those dollars on school buses?

5 The Importance of School Buses The National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Transportation and other authorities agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school

6 The Importance of School Buses Unfortunately, a significant portion of children get to and from school by riding in individual passenger cars As the nation looks for solutions to environmental and traffic congestion problems, we can make significant headway by promoting greater use of the Yellow School Bus

7 Why Ride the Bus? Help the Environment Gateway to Education Keep Kids Safe Safest Vehicles Dedicated Professionals Equal Access Parental NeedsReduced Traffic Reduced Pollution & Costs

8 Why Ride the Bus? Help the Environment Gateway to Education Keep Kids Safe Safest Vehicles Dedicated Professionals Equal Access Parental NeedsReduced Traffic Reduced Pollution & Costs

9 Environmental Benefits The overall benefit of the Yellow School Bus to society is huge in terms of: Money Fuel Consumption Pollution

10 What if? What if the school buses that are on the road today werent on the road?

11 School Buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning Carpooling to school creates –Unnecessary vehicle idling –Higher emissions –Wasted fuel and money –Safety concerns What if the school buses that are on the road today werent on the road? What if?

12 School Bus Fuel Savings For 180 day school year, National fuel savings: 2.3 BILLION gallons 6.0 BILLION dollars 1 Bus = 36 Cars = 300,000 Tankers = 27 Super Tankers

13 Use the Fuel Calculator For Your Community Use the ASBC Community Fuel Calculator and your community data (state, district) to quantify the Community Benefit of the buses on the road today and your share of those savings The more you choose the Yellow School Bus, the more you save

14 Why Ride the Bus? Help the Environment Gateway to Education Keep Kids Safe Safest Vehicles Dedicated Professionals Equal Access Parental NeedsReduced Traffic Reduced Pollution & Costs

15 Whats the Problem? Ridership and accessibility to school students is threatened School boards increasingly view school bus transportation as expendable because it takes money away from the classroom There is no classroom if students cannot get to school Service cutbacks in the news recently: –Eliminating transportation of students close to schools –Consolidating bus stops and increasing walk distance to stops –Eliminating transportation to schools of choice (magnet programs, etc.) –Eliminating field trips and after-school activities –Charging fees for bus service –Transferring students to public transit

16 Equal Access: A Step Toward Academic Achievement Parents Agree… Convenience and cost savings are key attributes of the school bus Parents Agree… Without the yellow school bus service, its very likely that a large number of students would be absent more often Parents Agree… If bus service ceased, the student achievement of millions of school children would probably decline Based on ASBC Research The school bus is the only reliable form of transportation for many students, and without it, the ability of all students to access the education system is limited Parents Agree…

17 The Yellow School Bus is a Gateway to Education We all want children to stay in school All children deserve an education If the Yellow School Bus is at risk, the opportunity for all children to access education is at risk

18 Why Ride the Bus? Help the Environment Gateway to Education Keep Kids Safe Safest Vehicles Dedicated Professionals Equal Access Parental NeedsReduced Traffic Reduced Pollution & Costs

19 Safe Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation statistics confirm that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school In particular, students are 44 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus rather than if they drive or ride with friends Reference: Special Report 269, The Relative Risks of School Travel published by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, 2002

20 Safe Vehicles School buses are designed specifically to protect students on and off the bus with special safety features not available on any other vehicle Safety features of school buses include: –Color –Size and height –Reinforced sides –Flashing red lights –Cross view mirrors –Crossing & stop sign arms Size & Height Reinforced Sides Flashing Red lights Crossview Mirrors Stoparm Sign Walkgate

21 Dedicated Professionals School bus drivers receive specialized training in: –Student behavior management –Loading and unloading –Security and emergency medical procedures. Drivers participate in pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing, as well as frequent driving record checks School bus technicians receive specialized training, participate in national competitions and follow strict maintenance programs

22 Why is the Yellow School Bus Important? Help the Environment Gateway to Education Keep Kids Safe Safest way to transport children to and from school Equal access to education for all children and the pollution they produce Reduce the number of cars

23 This is what its all about!


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