First Student Van Drive
Giving all students the chance to succeed
Van transportation offers a more flexible and customizable model to help meet the needs of special population students.
We know that many districts are faced with the operational and fiscal challenges of transporting out-of-district students, students served by McKinney-Vento, and students with developmental disabilities or other special needs.
Vans are more than a vehicle. They offer a safe, reliable transportation method that can be transformative for your students. In fact, some of our students have made their very first friend on our vans.
Hours of specialized training for van drivers
Qualified and highly engaged technicians who hold over 2,700 ASE certifications
Vans from First Student provide:
Our drivers are local drivers and make a livable wage. Additionally, all First Student drivers undergo:
- Rigorous background checks
- DOT physicals
- Pre-employment testing
- Extensive training
- Annual motor vehicle record (MVR) reviews
We want to ensure all students are transported in safe vehicles. Our vehicles are modern, well-maintained, and provide the best riding experience for your students. Our vehicles include safety and tech features like:
- State-of-the-art vehicles maintained by over 3,000 ASE certified technicians
- 3-Point safety belts
- Interior cameras
- Two-way radios
- Blind spot warnings
- Collision alert/avoidance
- Dispatching radio
We care about who is transporting your students. Our drivers consistently travel the same routes and establish rapport with students, which is extremely important when transporting students with disabilities and students experiencing homelessness. In fact, some of our students have made their very first friend on our vans.
Vans deliver significant fleet cost, fuel, and maintenance savings and can reduce the number of transportation vendors your district needs to manage.
Self-operated districts can have up to 40% of their transportation budgets dedicated exclusively to transporting students with special needs.
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As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student moves more 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.