Pasadena ISD Bond Election       Tuesday, November 2, 2004

More buses, satellite transportation
facility proposed on bond ballot

The predicted rise in enrollment not only means more students in the classrooms, but more that will be riding school buses to their campuses each morning and to their homes every afternoon.

A plan for an additional 82 buses and the creation of a satellite transportation center is included as part of a $299.88 million bond issue that will be placed before voters Nov. 2.

If the bond is approved, the buses would be cycled into the district's fleet over the next five years. The bond would also fund the creation of a satellite transportation center near Dobie High School that would provide closer proximity to campuses in the southwest portion of the district and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.

Last year, the district's fleet of 209 buses accumulated more than two million miles in traveling to their school routes throughout the entire district. The buses travel from the district's main transportation facility on Lafferty Road in central Pasadena.

"As the district continues growing, it is obvious that we will need to add more bus routes to accommodate students," said Troy Hill, director of transportation. "With buses running more routes, it will take more fuel to keep them on the road and more routine maintenance checks to ensure the buses are in top shape."

Hill also said a satellite location in the South Belt area would provide many benefits to students and families.

"A transportation facility in that part of the district would allow us to provide even quicker and better service to those students," he said.

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