ERIC Number: ED210799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Plan for an Out-of-District Transportation Cooperative in Rhode Island.
Plante, Robert W.
Less than five percent of the pupils in northeastern Rhode Island Region I are transported to schools or educational centers outside of their districts. However, about 20 percent of the total transportation costs are expended for out-of-district transportation of nonpublic school, vocational, and special education students. The purpose of the study described was to determine if it would be feasible for the four school systems in the region to reduce or limit their out-of-district transportation costs by sharing services and forming a cooperative interdistrict transportation program. A search of the literature on school transportation was conducted in the areas of improving traffic arrangements, energy-saving techniques, cost-saving measures, and organization of cooperatives, specifically a transportation cooperative. Current interdistrict school transportation practices in the four school systems were identified and three cooperative transportation plans offered. A pilot plan, as an alternative to the three master plans, was suggested as a more feasible way of testing the cooperative plan and determining the actual cost savings obtained by forming a cooperative. The study concludes by proposing that a cooperative transportation group be formed by the four school districts and makes a number of related recommendations. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Bus Transportation, Catholic Schools, Computer Oriented Programs, Cooperative Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Conservation, Feasibility Studies, Interdistrict Policies, Literature Reviews, Regional Programs, Scheduling, School Buses, School Districts, Shared Services, Special Education, Student Transportation, Traffic Circulation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island