The Government of Alberta has announced a new initiative that will allow school boards to purchase buses to improve the student transportation system.
Up to $20 million in future funding is now available to boards that manage their own student transportation fleets, the provincial government stated in a media release on Friday.
These funds are expected to support the purchase of up to 115 new buses.
“By advancing these funds, several school divisions will be able to purchase more buses sooner and help get more kids to school. This will help increase the number of kids taking school buses, reduce ride times and save Alberta families money,” said Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of education.
School boards that are interested in accessing the funding should submit their application as soon as they have confirmed their bus purchase plans. Applications will be processed by the department as they are received. The application deadline is Oct. 31.