TORRINGTON, Conn. — A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The Torrington Public Schools district plans to use some of its $5.9 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay Carriage & Limousine Services of Oxford to help cover its 53 bus routes. The private company has said it can provide 30-passenger buses and 10-passenger vans to cover morning bus runs on an emergency basis and afternoon runs more regularly, the Waterbury Republican-American reported.
The company charges $125 an hour for passenger buses and $87.50 an hour for passenger vans.
All-Star Transportation, the city’s main bus provider, has had difficulty finding enough drivers, which has caused morning delays and prevented most after-school programs, the superintendent of schools, Susan Lubomski, recently told the Board of Education.