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Making Sure the School Buses Run in the Cold

11:02 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - With the extreme cold temperatures on Monday night, the Richland County District One bus staff is making sure the buses will run for school on Tuesday morning.

 When it's cold nothing moves well, especially not the busses that your children will be riding to school busses that in some cases are more than 20 years old.

"These buses are old so we definitely want to make sure they start," said Keith Terry, Operation Manager for Richland District One.

Terry says the process to make sure the school buses work starts during the winter break.

"Between 4-5 days during the winter break we come out and start them to make sure on the first day of school when we come back that they are ready to go."

Terry says the first day back went without any problems. But with extreme temperatures moving into the Midlands overnight; his staff is taking extra precautions.

"We are going to bring our employees in anywhere from 30-60 minutes early and that way the drivers can start the buses extremely early, they are warm and ready to go and if we do encounter any problems we will have the Department of Education here with us at 5 AM."

Every morning the drivers have to do a routine inspection on the buses.  The district also has spare buses in case they don't all start.

"In the event that they are not successful in starting the vehicle the shop is right next door they will bring us one down, even at 5AM, they are right there and the busses will still leave on time."

 

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