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Sara Schlicher  Madawaska, ME

  The Bottom line: IT’S ALL ABOUT KIDS AND THEIR SAFE TRAVEL TO AND FROM SCHOOL EACH DAY

State of Maine

Department of Education

School Bus Transportation Statistics

School Year 2003-2004

Overview:

Transportation in the big yellow school bus is the safest form of highway transportation in the state and in the nation.  National Highway Statistics show that between 1991 and 2000 only 0.3 percent of all traffic related fatalities have been classified as school bus related.  Nationally approximately half of all elementary and high school students travel to and from school and home on school buses.  Yet, in terms of crash fatalities, 8 times the number of students are killed during school transportation hours while traveling via the transportation modes other than the school bus.  It is for this reason that the Department of Education joins the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in recommending that when school-age children are transported by a school or organization, they should be transported using a regulation school bus.

In Maine, approximately 80% of our students travel to and from school in school buses.  In the past decade we have not had a school bus passenger killed as a result of a school bus crash.  Again, like the national statistics, there have been many students killed while traveling to and from school using non-school bus modes of transportation.  During this same time, Maine averaged 134 school bus related crashes each year.  Sadly, it is necessary to report that in the beginning of the 2004-05 school year, Maine did have a student killed as a result of another vehicle passing the bus on the right side while the school bus was stopped and the students were departing the bus.  This tragedy will not be overlooked in our efforts to continuously improve the safety of our school transportation operations. 

The big yellow school buses and the professional drivers that operate them are serving Maine’s children well.  We continue to strive with our national partners to improve the design of the buses and the training for our drivers so that we can look forward to continuing our “best on the highway” safety performance while continuing to improve the safety of all student travel.

The total cost for transporting students to and from school in fiscal year 2004 increased 4.3 percent from the previous year while total miles and number of students transported both dropped 2%.  Significant increases in fuel prices and wage and benefit costs more than offset cost reductions driven by the reduction in students and miles.

Reports:

The Department is pleased to provide the following statewide pupil transportation statistics reports for school year 2003-04.

  • Report ED546 School Bus Expenditures:  This report contains data regarding district level school bus inventory, pupil transportation operating expenditures, miles traveled, students transported, cost per mile and cost per student transported.

              Comparison: FY03 to FY04 Public School Transportation Statistics – STATE OF MAINE

Program Measurement Factors

2003

2004

National Average (2002)

Safety and Training:

See FY2003 Report

See Attached FY2004 Safety Report

Fatalities:

Danger Zone*  = 12*

(* Included in Pedestrian)

Pedestrian - 26

Passenger & Driver  = 11

Fatalities/100million miles = .88 vs all vehicles at 1.48

Expenditures for Transportation Operations (excludes bus purchases)

$75,255,406

$78,491,437

$13.2 billion

Capital Expenditures for School Bus Purchases (includes cash and term purchases)

$8,460,586

$9,497,480*

$606.8 million+

New Buses Purchased by SAUs

153

210*

NA

School Bus Miles Traveled

34,828,884

34,134,564

4.2 billion+

Average Operating Cost Per Mile

$2.16

$2.30

$3.13

Average Number of Children Transported Daily (Public)

180,240

176,417

24.2 million

Average Operating Cost Per Student Transported

$417.53

$444.92

$522.00

Publicly Owned School Buses in Operation (Includes Unorganized Territories)

2111

2112

Total Public and Private:

450,000

Privately Owned (Contracted) School Buses in Operation for Public Schools

652

613

Publicly Owned Non-school Bus Vehicles (non-conforming) in Operation for Transporting Public School Students.

NA

140

NA

Non-school Bus Vehicles (non-conforming) in Contracted by Public Schools for Transporting Public School Students.

NA

98

NA

Number of 10-15 Passenger Vans Reported In Use for Student Transportation

53**

8

NA

Notes:

  1. National Safety Statistics from: Traffic Safety Facts 2003 FARS/GES Annual Report 1/2005 National Center for Statistics and Analysis
  2. * The 2004 New Buses Purchased includes 42 buses purchased through the emergency Carpenter Bus Replacement Program.
  3. ** Data from the most recent previous survey (2000) of non-conforming vehicles used by SAUs in Maine.