Dallas ISD Launches Bus Service

Alan Scaia
August 09, 2018 - 11:57 am
Buses - Dallas ISD

Alan Scaia

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DALLAS (KRLD) - The Dallas Independent School District has started testing new bus routes. This year, Dallas and eight other districts had to start their own transportation programs when Dallas County Schools shut down.

Voters chose to shut down Dallas County Schools after an investigation showed safety and financial problems within the agency. Dallas County Schools provided bus service for the Aledo, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Dallas, Highland Park, Irving, Lancaster and Richardson school districts.

Dallas ISD was the largest district with more than 156,000 students.

Dallas ISD has hired more than 750 bus drivers, many from Dallas County Schools, and acquired hundreds of buses from the agency. Thursday morning, drivers started testing their routes.

"We're excited, and everybody's kind of on edge because it's a change. A lot of times we think change is for the worse," says driver Deborah McFail. "But most of the time, a change is for the best."

Dallas ISD starts classes August 20. The district is still hiring drivers. Dallas ISD says it still needs 30 full-time drivers and 55 people to fill in.