LAS VEGAS (AP) – Amid a shortage of school bus drivers, 15 high schools in and around Las Vegas will begin using regular public transportation for students to and from campus next week.
Clark County School District officials announced Wednesday that the “Ride On” program begins Monday with the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission.
Officials have promised safe and fast transportation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Students will board RTC buses at stops near their homes to use existing routes, as well as regular users, to stops near the school, officials said.
The RTC said 200 security guards patrol bus stops and transit centers, and each bus has 12 cameras that police can monitor live.
Parents have complained since school started on August 9 about frequent bus delays and unpredictable service that cause some students to miss classes.
The sprawling district with 366 schools typically operates around 1,600 bus routes, but has around 240 vacant school bus driver positions.
Authorities canceled some high school sports games last month due to transportation issues.
The shortage of school bus drivers is a national problem. A school district in Montana offered drivers $ 4,000 in bonuses and a district in Delaware offered parents $ 700 to arrange for their own transportation.
In Massachusetts, members of the National Guard have been called upon to drive buses, Nevada state emergency officials dismissed the idea.
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