Dallas ISD Bringing Back Yellow School Buses on All Routes After Ill-Fated Experiment with Cars

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They're baaaack.
It was a lovely idea, trading in the lumbering yellow school buses for minivans, sedans and Suburbans on routes with just a handful of students, thereby reducing fuel consumption and saving money. The problem with Dallas ISD's recent adoption of the plan is twofold: Parents, through some mix of aesthetics and nostalgia, really like the yellow buses; and, more important, implementation was an utter disaster.

Making sure parents knew that their children will be picked up by a strange, not-terribly-official-seeming vehicle before it pulls up on the first day of school would have been a good call. Properly labeling the vehicles as DISD transportation would have been another. And it wouldn't hurt to not have 9-year-old deaf girls dropped off at home by taxi, accompanied only by two grown men, or else left behind at school.

Given time, those kinks could probably have been ironed out, but the stink raised by parents was loud and persistent enough to reach the ears of Superintendent Mike Miles. On Wednesday, he informed trustees that he's phasing yellow buses back in on all bus routes, according to The Dallas Morning News.

See also: Dallas ISD Sorry for First-Day Transportation Fiasco, Including a Left-Behind Deaf Kid

The buses will return first to routes serving Harry Stone Montessori students, those with special needs and the hearing impaired. The rest will change "as quickly as possible" according to the letter sent to trustees.

Parents are relieved. Because there's nothing like a possibly seatbelt-less, diesel fume-belching behemoth to keep kids safe.


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DeathBreath
DeathBreath

For those of you who are wanting to reduce taxes, it is time you started following your convictions.  If you a TeaTard and/or GOPig, then you need to take your fucking brat to school & stop wasting tax dollars.  If they are grossly obese, you should be fined for costing the school more money to truck your fat-assed children.  School buses need to go.  Also, some of those fat fuck children need to walk a couple of feet to the next bus stop.  It is insane for a school bus to drive 20 feet to pick up another.  I'm sure that a pedophile won't snatch your brat in that short of distance. 

markzero
markzero

Wow, did they really stick the special-needs kids in this experiment as well? It's almost as if the people managing this had no idea why those kids were given separate transportation in the first place. Were the ones with medical needs still given adequate supervision, or were they just lucky nobody had a seizure or pulled a tube or something? If they were just lucky, this was reckless and I would understand if the parents sued.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Well, I don't blame the kids not wanting to get on a Limo. They been thought good, don't ride with strangers.

WylieH
WylieH

I've been enjoying watching the black Chevy Suburban SUVs rolling around the city with "Dallas County Schools" placards on the doors.  Those unaccustomed to the oddities of Dallas government must be wondering "what the heck?"

ryan762
ryan762

But Mayor Rawlings was going on and on about how accountable taxi cab operators are and how we have to protect them from unregulated competition from Uber.

So we're going to change the rules to outlaw Uber in favor of taxi cabs that can't be trusted to carry our children. If taxis are so dangerous, maybe we should just outlaw taxis altogether.

Jon Pitt
Jon Pitt

Wouldn't it be better for the kids to have seat belts?

Tina Camille Higgins
Tina Camille Higgins

maybe dallas should have taken that $31 million that was used for a soccer complex and put in in the school system where its truly needed

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

When someone else is responsible for my kids, then I want them in the most "behemoth" vehicle available.  Many of the "alternative" drivers weren't buckling the kids in at Harry Stone before they left. 

The drivers and their vehicles appeared to be subcontracted by the subcontractor, therefore reducing the accountability.  Surprised someone didn't have to get hurt before they made a change.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

"Because there's nothing like a possibly seatbelt-less, diesel fume-belching behemoth to keep kids safe."

But we have major league protests about fraccing ...

John1073
John1073

Whatever happend to the "short bus"?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@John1073 

Sent them all to Austin. Apparently there is a great need for them, there.

PatrickWilliams
PatrickWilliams moderator

@John1073 I think they were being used as a car service for the DISD administrators who approved this program. Makes you wonder, though, if this was on the list of approved money-saving ideas, what were some of the rejected proposals?

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