Beyond the yellow bus

Beyond the yellow bus: How districts can leverage alternative transportation to weather driver shortages.

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As the 2024 school year kicks off, you’ve seen the headlines. Driver shortages, which began impacting districts during the pandemic, are only getting worse. The Today Show reported that some districts have even been forced to cancel classes.


What can districts do to weather the storm? Many are making greater use of alternative transportation
programs already in place for students with disabilities or unstable housing. Alternative school transportation — typically using smaller vans or taxis — leverages a different pool of drivers than yellow bus fleets, which require drivers to hold commercial drivers’ licenses with additional specialized endorsements. Implemented strategically, an expansion of these programs can be a powerful tool to combat the yellow bus driver shortage.


Download our comprehensive guide featuring in-depth background and six clear steps to launching a similar program in your community.