FACT:

1957: A school bus designed to accommodate wheelchairs begins transporting special-needs students to school in San Lorenzo, CA.

(schoolbusinfo.org)

There are unique challenges in special education transportation, including time limits for travel, specific requests of the districts to meet the child’s needs and particular vehicle requirements. NRT recognizes those challenges and has developed a collaborative transportation network to help school districts deliver their children to school in the most efficient, safest, and most cost effective manner.

The Network fleet of vehicles feature an array of specially modified vehicles designed with comfort and safety in mind. We have air-conditioned minivans (7D licensed) with a maximum of 6 passengers, minivans with a maximum of 8 passengers, and a fleet of modified yellow school mini-buses with various seating capacities. Our wheel-chair accessible vehicles feature air conditioning, privacy glass and have a spacious interior to allow comfortable “elbow room”. The vehicles are equipped with two stage motorized wheel chair lifts with sure-lock safety devices to ensure safe loading and unloading of passengers. Vehicle monitors are available, if required.

A vehicle maintenance system (RTA ) is used to track repairs and monitor the preventative maintenance schedule for all vehicles. NRT has a staff of 13 full-time mechanics and 5 part-time mechanics.

We take further steps to ensure the safety of our passengers by using the Child Check Mate system. All Network vehicles include Global Positioning Services (GPS) technology that allows us to track our vehicles in real time, giving parents and school districts accurate information on the vehicle location, speed and length of the route.