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Benefits of Contracting

Maintain control of your operation with support from a true partner

Outsourcing transportation frees up resources for student needs

School districts are under tremendous pressure to balance the need for services that support their educational mission with the responsibility to keep their district fiscally sound. In many cases, contracting student transportation provides the support needed to find the right balance. The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) reports that contracting student transportation saves districts an average of up to 10 to 30 percent, allowing districts to return time, energy, and resources to the classroom.

Contracting student transportation can provide benefits to all stakeholders, including parents, students, and the community in the following ways:

  • Higher safety standards
  • Enhanced efficiencies
  • Leading technology
  • Advanced reporting tools with more visibility
  • Professional development for drivers
  • Additional earning opportunities for drivers
  • Highly-trained maintenance professionals
  • Upgraded fleet without the capital investment

Districts directly routed by our experts every year

Top 500

on Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity


Hours of specialized training for van drivers


drivers annually hired through our national recruiting team

More Than Cost Savings

The benefits of contracting go far beyond cost savings. Student transportation partnership makes embracing advances in school bus-related technology and providing environmentally friendly transportation options to the community possible. It also provides substantial time and energy savings.

First Student drivers are the face of our company, and there is a whole team that stands behind and supports them. From routing and dispatch to maintenance and safety, we’ve built our entire system around our promise to protect every student, every day. When you partner with us, you get that promise in action.

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Student transportation isn’t one size fits all. Whether you need help maintaining your buses, managing your operations, or rethinking routes – we can tailor our services to fit your needs.

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We developed FirstServes, our special education training and development program, to connect First Student, our school district partners, and families of students with disabilities to better support their needs.

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Learn More About Us!

As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student moves more student passengers per day than all U.S. airlines combined. We know the value in leveraging our best practices, technologies, and processes to deliver quality transportation solutions. What sets us apart is our desire to build close, trusted partnerships with the districts we serve.

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