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Horry County School District welcomes 12 of 30 new school buses

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Twelve of 30 new school buses arrived Friday for the Horry County School District bus fleet.

The Director of Transportation for the Horry County School District, Jim Wright watched as the buses arrived at the facilities building and explains these buses are replacing buses dating back to 1988 and 1989.

“We transport about 23,000 kids every day, we travel about six and a half million miles a year,” Wright said.

Wright says the brand new buses, at $85,000 a piece, are replacing the 25-year-old buses. He says each has more than 250,000 miles on them and believes the county has gotten its money’s worth from these buses.

“… and any time that you have a vehicle of that age, there's little things that happen to it on a regular basis, even though our mechanics do a fantastic job, they spend a lot of time to make sure that, that bus does not leave and transport any child until it's 100 percent perfect and that takes a lot of work, a lot of effort and a lot of time,” Wright said.

Wright doesn't doubt the 30 new buses, including 6 new activity buses, will help ensure your child's safety. Each bus comes equipped with a radio system and air conditioning.

“The safety features on newer buses are to a lot more, higher standard. So, it just makes it easier to make that transition to a safer vehicle,” Wright said.

Wright says the goal is to have no activity bus on the road over 15-years-old and expects the 24 daily school route buses to last 20 years.

“The ones we are replacing are still on the fleet today, and they'll be on the fleet for another week or two until we can bring the buses in, get them inspected, we've got to remove the cameras off of those old buses and then we can get them out there on the fleet. So, it'll take a week or two before they get them on the road to actually transport the children,” Wright explained.

Wright says between last year and this year, the county will have 53 new buses in it’s fleet. 12 more buses are expected to arrive this week, with another 10, including the six activity buses arriving the first week of January.

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