PPS Transportation anticipates fuel price fluctuations

Students are likely to be unaffected.
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 3:35 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - High fuel prices are causing winces in the wallet across Central Illinois and there doesn’t seem to be an end on the consumer’s side.

Peoria Public School Transportation has noticed the price increase, but despite near-record level prices, this is business as usual for PPS Transportation.

Josh Collins, Transportation Director for PPS tells us that they plan for fluctuations in fuel prices. Yes, fuel costs are higher now than in many past years, but that will not deter his bus fleet from getting students to school on time and safely.

“At the end of the day, we have to get the kids to school. So if the fuel is $1 a gallon or $5 a gallon, we have to get the kids to school and that’s what our focus is.” Said Collins.

Collins told us that PPS has updated their fleet considerably, with all main buses having been replaced by newer and more fuel-efficient models. The new buses have a 100-gallon tank and can get around 7 miles per gallon in the City and up to 12 miles per gallon on the highway. These numbers to a consumer vehicle do not sound great, but when you consider the size and aerodynamic disadvantages a school bus has, the fuel mileage could be a lot worse.

Regardless of fuel prices, Peoria Public School Transportation tries to be fiscally responsible in every way they can which can include altering routes to be more efficient and idle restrictions on drivers when not transporting students. Collins told us that they will never cut costs when students’ safety and integrity are involved.

“We don’t do it in a way that would impact the students in a negative manner. So we do not cut corners or cut costs where student safety or student integrity is involved.” Said Collins.

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