New law altering bus routes could cost La. district up to $1 million in extra costs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools some $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel.

That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, according to Skeeter Boyd, the parish school system's director of transportation.

The law, Act 654 of the Legislature, also may result in longer bus schedules during the mornings and afternoons, Boyd said. The school system has 225 bus drivers who transport some 12,000 students each day on regular routes.

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