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Bus routes will run as scheduled
Bus routes will run as scheduled
Posted on 09/02/2016

Thanks to the generosity of several school districts across the state of Washington, Puyallup School District bus routes will remain as previously set. Although a fire at the district’s bus maintenance facility destroyed many new buses last week, the loaner buses will meet the additional needs to start school on September 6.

Fourteen buses, previously inspected by the Washington State Patrol, have been delivered to Puyallup and are ready for use beginning Tuesday, September 6. Loaning districts include Hood Canal, Kent, North Thurston, Northshore, Oak Harbor, Peninsula, Sedro-Woolley, and Snoqualmie Valley school districts.

The buses provided seat up to 84 passengers. Large buses were required in order to serve existing bus stops and routes.

Although routes will remain the same, buses will not be labeled with the Puyallup School District’s name. For this reason, the transportation department will be sending email messages to all impacted families informing them of the loaning district’s name on the side of their students’ bus.

The district’s fleet of buses include spare vehicles used when buses are in the maintenance garage. Although 20 were destroyed in the fire, the 14 buses loaned will meet the needs of existing bus routes and still provide needed spares for rotation when necessary.

Also lost in the fire was the radio communication system. Realignment of the district’s system is being completed this week and will be functioning for the first day of school.

District officials have expressed gratitude to the many school districts who offered assistance. Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello has contacted many other community members and organizations who offered support and volunteered their time to thank them for their offers. “We have been amazed by the response from the Puyallup community and beyond,” shared Casello. “The students in Puyallup are fortunate to have such a caring community.”