The bid closing date has passed, and now there are five companies hoping to run transportation for Bay District Schools.
"All of them have met the minimum requirement as far as the things they have to do to be considered responsive," says John Harrison, the general manager of purchasing for Bay District Schools.
The five companies include:
A&S Transportation Inc. -$6.97mil
Durham School Services-$6.19mil
First Student Inc. -$5.54mil
Go-Ahead No. America-$7.06mil
Student Transportation of America-$6.37mil
Four of these companies have already submitted a bid once before.
"From having gone through this a year ago, the companies are all top ranked companies in the country in providing student transportation. We've got a good group to pick from," says Harrison.
Currently the District pays 7.5 million dollars a year for transportation, including the cost for fuel. The prices proposed by the private companies ranged from $5.5 million to $7 million, but does not include the $1.1 million a year the District will also have to pay for gas.
Leaving many bus drivers to continue asking, 'where's the savings?'
"I have two kids on my own, one in high school one in elementary. [I'm a] single parent," says Swanda Everett, a bus driver for the District. "I need my job. I love my job."
The Review Committee hopes to make a recommendation by March 4th, to be voted on at the March 12th Board Meeting.
There will be a transportation workshop on February 21 at 10:00am.