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Connecticut school district turns to limo service for help

Some federal coronavirus relief funds will be used to cover bus routes.
A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic. [ Tribune News Service ]
Published Nov. 27, 2021

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.

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