Each year, more than 800 students in the United States are killed due to traffic fatalities during their commutes to and from school. The school bus is the safest form of transportation for students, considered nearly eight times safer than passenger vehicles (1). All students—public and non-public alike—deserve to be safe when travelling to and from school.
Not only are school buses safer for students, but they also minimize traffic, thereby creating cleaner air. Annually, school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding schools each morning (2). For every school bus on the road, approximately 36 fewer cars clog the morning commute and pollute the atmosphere (3).
All states provide transportation for their public school students. Some states also provide transportation for non-public school students. By providing transportation for both groups of students, these states have a safer student population, less traffic and lower levels of air and noise pollution. Each state that provides non-public school transportation does so in a slightly different manner. This document gives an overview of non-public school transportation in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut.
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