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Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation  

3450 Allen Street95115
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-7757
Fax: (616) 662-5188

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Transportation Director
Janell Bykerk
(616) 669-7757

The Bus Garage

Just a little information about us. We have 59 different routes that are run at least 2 times a day and most times 4. We have 75 buses now which includes the spare buses. We have 75 drivers including substitutes, who step in when drivers are sick or out on a bus trip. Kenny and Mike are the technicians which maintain the buses and 18 other support vehicles, including plow trucks and vans. We have a person to wash and fuel the buses when it is needed. They are washed every time they are fueled and when they are going out on a trip. Buses need fueling about once a week.

We are very excited with the passing of the bond proposal. We have many buckets sitting out each time it rains and they are starting to get in the way. Holes rusted through the side of the building and prettty much no space for storage of parts. The bus wash bay is actually a working bay so at times while working on buses the mechanics may get a shower also! I'm not saying that is not needed at times! Laughing  The new BUS GARAGE is under construction!!!!!  Foundation is done, walls are up, hoist pits are complete. Work has begun on the canopy which will cover the front of  all the buses when not in use. Soon will come pavement and landscaping! This will be our last few months in the old facility, most all of the transportaion team is looking forward to the move. The most talked about part of the new garage is THREE STALLS in the womens bathroom!! You may question the excitement but the line is always long after the routes are run!!!  With the growth of the district we continue to add buses and have been making due with the old facility. With added storage for parts, space for all the drivers to meet at once, and an additional lift it will make it much easier to get the students to and from school safely. Anyway, a big thanks to the support of the community, who realize that these improvements need to be made.  We will always make sure the buses are the safest way to transport the students to and from school no matter the circumstances.

 2013 Inspections

The buses have been inspected for the year. School buses are inspected by the state police once a year, and every bus is looked over.  The inspection, involves the officer checking all the lights, under the hood, inside the bus and rolling under the bus. Basically each bus is looked over for any problems. There are different types of problems that can be found, those where a verbal warning is given, a yellow tag, or a red tag. Verbal warnings are not that serious and the officer will note it and expect not to see the same problem next time. A yellow tag is stuck on the windshield when there is a small issue,  possibly some lights out, and we can use the bus but have a limited time to fix the issue. A red tag, the bus is taken off the road and can not be driven until the issue has been taken care of. Mechanics and drivers are responsible for the condition of the buses...

 Garage going green

The bus garage at Hudsonville is trying to do our part for the environment. We have recycled our valuable metals for many years. Now we have started to recycle our steel also, it is thrown into a bin and picked up by the recycler. All of which we receive money for. We are now having our old oil filters picked up and our used oil is also recycled as well as old batteries, and engine coolant. All paper products are taken to one of the districts paper gators to be recycled aslo. Just our way of trying to help and earn a little money if we can.

Costs

Just an interesting article in the Grand Rapids Press some time ago about the spending at Hudsonville Public Schools. Out of the 773 Michigan schools, all sizes, we are 639th in spending per student on our maintenance and operations. We are trying to keep our costs down and provide a safe ride to school.

Trust The Bus Challenge

Did you know that the yellow school bus is 13 times safer as a mode of transportation to and from school than mom or dad’s car? Visit www.americanschoolbuscouncil.com and take the Trust the Bus Challenge .

Fall!!

Its here already! Fall, and the beginning of another school year. Wow, they go by so fast! Buses are prepped, routes are determined, drivers have selected their routes. Some new changes due to the new location of South Elementary so some patience will be needed on the first few days. 

 

 

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Thu, Apr 10th, 2014, @7:50am- 2:44pm
HHS Spring Break
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HFC Spring Break
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HHS Spring Break
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