Sadly, the dangers around school buses remain a newsworthy issue still today. According to NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts on School—Transportation-Related Crashes, “Between 2006 and 2015, there have been 1,313 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 131 fatalities per year.”
The safety of students and drivers underscores every step a school bus transportation department makes. What happens outside the bus is just as important as what happens inside—often more so, as the majority of fatalities and injuries happen outside the bus.
Changes in tomorrow’s transportation programs can seem far away when school districts are focused on meeting the needs of today. But technology is changing in ways that increase student safety and the level of service a district can provide, making it more important than ever to take advantage of new solutions. That’s what California district Twin Rivers Unified School District (USD) is doing.
According to the American School Bus Council, there are about 480,000 school buses in America transporting around 25 million children to and from school. It’s become apparent that school buses benefit our communities—aside from making sure kids arrive to school safely and on time. School buses help to reduce traffic, by keeping over 17 million cars off the road, and preventing over 20 million tons of CO2 from being released each year.
School districts are now making school buses even more valuable, by installing Wi-Fi on buses. This should help extend the reach of the classroom, dramatically improve behavior on the bus, allow students to complete homework assignments, and ultimately bring grades up.