Report: Outsourcing School Busing Would Save Cranston Millions

The Transportation Subcommittee's report will be discussed tonight and in terms of money, it does not bode well for keeping district transportation in-house.

A new report suggests that if the Cranston School District outsources school busing, it would save millions over the next ten years, even after major concessions by bus drivers.

The report, which will be addressed at tomorrow's (Wednesday Oct. 10) School Committe meeting, was prepared by a transportation subcommittee formed by the School Committee in 2011.

The committee compiled a variety of data sources, including surveys returned by other district officials who have outsourced their bus fleets in Rhode Island, and concluded that outsourcing district transportation would save about $8 million over ten years.

The savings would come from lower operating costs and not having to replace the existing aging bus fleet. It factors in savings of about $220,000 next year and more in subsequent years after concessions members of the bus driver union agreed to last year when the district began looking into outsourcing its bus fleet. 

The need to replace the district's bus fleet is pressing — the average Cranston school bus has more than 130,000 on its odometer and the average age of the fleet is 13-years. Some buses have well over 200,000 miles on them.

Outsourcing the bus fleet would free the district of the need to replace the fleet, since a contracted vendor like First Student would replace the entire fleet at no cost to the city. 

Read the entire report by clicking HERE.

Janice Ruggieri October 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
The meeting is Wednesday Oct 10th....
cranston taxpayer October 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Bob October 09, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Outsourcing is the wave of the future, like it or not, Unions will be kicking and screaming all the way out the door......as far as the taxpayer who foots the bill, Outsourcing at no cost....in house Unions at huge cost....you do the Math.....
T October 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Good, smart sense--give this job to the small businessfolks who can do it for way cheaper with different equipment and employ far more drivers to meet the schools' goals! Will surely chip away at the unemployment in some way. As well, don't count those buses out of order or "retired" just yet--SELL THEM to private entities like churches, private schools, senior centres (to be fitted for ambulatory needs), camps, transportation-for-hire businesses...in other words, GET SOME $ BACK on those old buses if you can!
Sean P Gately October 09, 2012 at 01:44 PM
T October 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Hi Sean--it may help readers if you explain why you're providing this link to the Board of Elections Campaign Finance Report for Lombardi...
Sean P Gately October 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
It shows that six days after voting to extend the contract and further study privatization that Mr. Lombardi received multiple donations to his campaign from the same union's PAC. As someone who claims ethics and transparency as planks of his candidacy. I call it the height of hypocrisy.
T October 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The meeting is Oct. 10 — tomorrow night. I updated the story and thank you Janice for pointing it out so quickly.
Mike White October 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Why would they outsource this when they have many of their family n friends in place that have a nice part time position with all the benefits! Come on Cranstonians it's all about the favor!
Steven r October 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
They did it to the crossing guards, why not the buses?
Robert Farebrother October 17, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I agree with you.
Robert Farebrother October 17, 2012 at 04:21 AM


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