I think it’s worth noting that in addition to the Columbus City Schools busing contract discussed in the article below, First Transit also runs COTA’s Project Mainstream demand-responsive paratransit operations. Hopefully COTA has a backup plan in case First Transit is suspended from doing business in Ohio.
School-bus company risks new suspension
Saturday, November 14, 2009 3:22 AM
By Encarnacion Pyle and Jennifer Smith Richards
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
A school-bus company that drives nearly 5,000 Columbus children each day could be suspended from doing business in Ohio.
But unlike two years ago, when First Student Inc.’s failure to conduct proper background checks on its drivers forced Columbus schools to close for a day, the district has a backup plan if the Cincinnati-based company is forced to shut down.
The company is in trouble because the state says it has repeated its mistake with background checks. Fifteen Ohio school districts use First Student to provide transportation.
Columbus says it has a plan if it needs to suddenly handle the 80 routes that First Student is under contract to drive. Some are to district buildings, and some are to charter and private schools.