WPR News
2:31 pm
Fri April 8, 2005

Taking the Bus to School Costs More Now

Laramie, Wy – The high price of gas is hitting the state in the pocket book. School districts from around Wyoming get reimbursed by the state for the cost of fueling up their buses. Last year that had a price tag of almost two-point-eight million dollars. That will certainly go up this year as prices continue to climb. The Department of Education's Leeds Pickering says even if districts want to use less fuel there is little they can do because all the buses in the state's fleet are modern and as efficient as possible.
In Campbell County the director of transportation says because of more efficient buses they're using 10 thousand fewer gallons of fuel now than four years ago. A school official in Carbon County says they're idling buses less to conserve gas.
Pickering says all told Wyoming buses drive 17 million miles every year.