3550 Allen Street
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-7757
Fax: (616) 662-5188
Director of Transportation
- Grades 1-5 Bus Pass (please print and submit BUS PASS Form OR submit an ONLINE BUS PASS NOTE)
- Transportation Guidelines
- Bus Rider Rules
- Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation
The Bus Garage
We are now officially in the new bus garage! Stop on in for a tour if you want to see it. We are all still getting used to the new facility and the new parking arrangements. We have a drive through bus wash which really saves time compared to power washing them by hand. Like I said feel free to stop in for a visit if you want.
The buses have been inspected for the year. School buses are inspected by the state police once a year, and every bus is looked over. The inspection, involves the officer checking all the lights, under the hood, inside the bus and rolling under the bus. Basically each bus is looked over for any problems. There are different types of problems that can be found, those where a verbal warning is given, a yellow tag, or a red tag. Verbal warnings are not that serious and the officer will note it and expect not to see the same problem next time. A yellow tag is stuck on the windshield when there is a small issue, possibly some lights out, and we can use the bus but have a limited time to fix the issue. A red tag, the bus is taken off the road and can not be driven until the issue has been taken care of. Mechanics and drivers are responsible for the condition of the buses...
In the August Bond proposal there will be money dedicated to the purchase of buses. Our fleet is now approaching an average age of 10 years and over 105,000 miles. With all the cuts going on we have not been purchasing buses except when totally necessary. This is the oldest and highest mileage fleet that Hudsonville has ever had. Some may think that is not bad age or mileage but remember this is the average. Our oldest buses are now 16 years and we have 3 with over 250,000 miles on them. The cost of body repairs to keep them passing inspections is getting higher every year. School buses are hard on engines with all the stops and schedules they have to keep. As we say most of the time there is one or the other pedal on the floor. Several buses are being watched for excessive oil usage and are hoping to take them off the road before the engine needs to be rebuilt. Anyway we just wanted to inform people of the position our buses are in, they are very safe to deliver the students but just getting expensive to maintain.
Garage Going Green
The bus garage at Hudsonville is trying to do our part for the environment. We have recycled our valuable metals for many years. Now we have started to recycle our steel also, it is thrown into a bin and picked up by the recycler. All of which we receive money for. We are now having our old oil filters picked up and our used oil is also recycled as well as old batteries, and engine coolant. All paper products are taken to one of the districts paper gators to be recycled also. Just our way of trying to help and earn a little money if we can.
Just an interesting article in the Grand Rapids Press some time ago about the spending at Hudsonville Public Schools. Out of the 773 Michigan schools, all sizes, we are 639th in spending per student on our maintenance and operations. We are trying to keep our costs down and provide a safe ride to school.
Trust The Bus Challenge
Did you know that the yellow school bus is 13 times safer as a mode of transportation to and from school than mom or dad’s car? Visit www.americanschoolbuscouncil.com and take the Trust the Bus Challenge .