Prop R Continues To Fund Transportation Improvements

New Buses Added To Mehlville Fleet
Posted on 07/06/2017
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Six new buses will hit the streets for the first day of school on August 16, as Proposition R funds continue to make the fleet more reliable and less expensive to maintain.    The District has about 100 school buses.  “Parents in the Mehlville District demand that we safely and reliably get their children to and from school every day,” explains Transportation Director Dan Gilman.  “Adding new buses to our fleet every year helps us keep that promise.”

The District previously did not have a replacement schedule for aging buses, and that resulted in many of the vehicles getting old at the same time.  “There comes a point where it’s smarter to buy a new bus instead of spending lots of money to fix an old, worn out bus,” said Chief Financial Officer Marshall Crutcher.  “And by replacing a handful of buses every year, we avoid the financial shock of having 25 buses that need immediate replacement.”

Since Proposition R passed in November of 2015, the Mehlville District has purchased 16 new buses.  “The savings come from not just parts but also labor,” said Gilman.  “The cost of a new engine is $16,000 but it also requires dozens of man-hours to replace that engine.  Fewer major overhauls means those same employees can spend their time servicing many more vehicles.”

Under the current replacement schedule, the average Mehlville school bus will be on the road for 16 years and log up to 250,000 miles.

 

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