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DISD Gets New Multi-Passenger Vehicles to Transport Students

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    The Dallas Independent School District has purchased 50 new multi-passenger vehicles to get students to school. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    The Dallas Independent School District gave a sneak peek Monday on a new way thousands of students will be traveling to school this school year.

    The school district has purchased 50 new multi-passenger vehicles to get students to school.

    The new vehicles will be used by 3,000 homeless students, deaf/special education students, and for those students who attend magnet schools.

    Two of the new vehicles were displayed at K.B. Polk Vanguard Elementary School.

    The vehicles are dark blue and each seat nine passengers.

    They are built to the same federal vehicle safety standards as traditional schools buses.

    They are installed with GPS tracking systems and video camera systems.

    DISD received approval to spend $2.4 million to purchase the vehicles. They cost $49,000 each.

    DISD superintendent Mike Miles got a tour of the new multi-passenger vehicles on Monday and says they will save the school district money in the long run.

    Because we are putting nine students in a van we are going to save three million dollars over last year,” said Miles. “We may get even more effiency out of this we will see, but our estimate right now is three million dollars."

    The additional buses will also reduce the number of routes.

    Dallas County Schools have also purchases 130 of the same type of buses.