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HISD Transportation Listed Among Country’s 100 Best Fleets

HISD is the only district nationwide to earn a spot on the list
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File photo of school bus. (credit: G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

File photo of school bus. (credit: G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

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For the second consecutive year, the Houston Independent School District made the list of the top 100 fleets in the nation for 2012, according to Government Fleet, a leading transportation industry magazine. HISD moved up five spots to number 52 on the list and once again is the only school district in the country to earn a spot on the list.

“Ranking among the best in the nation is a clear reflection of the hard work of our transportation team, from our bus drivers to our mechanics and our entire staff,” HISD’s Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla said. “HISD’s Transportation Department is truly dedicated to safely transporting our students to and from school every day.”

Each year the top 100 fleets are chosen based on documentation of key performance measurements used to track work progress, use of technology, evidence of a high trust culture where employees feel confident to voice their opinions on procedures, repairing vehicles right the first time, and quick efficient turnarounds on repairs.

“This is the second year in a row that our team has received the 100 Best Fleets award. This speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of our team members within transportation,” said HISD’s Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf. “It is an honor to work side-by-side with such an incredible group. I’m very grateful for the services they provide to the children and district every day.”

This award comes on the heels of HISD’s Transportation Department recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious national Larson Quality Award by the National Association of Pupil Transportation. This award spotlights school bus operations that provide high quality customer service in safety centered operations. HISD’s Transportation Department is one of only two districts nationwide selected as a finalist.

HISD operates and maintains 1,002 school buses which transport nearly 29,000 students daily clocking more than 13 million miles a year.

The district also has a large non-school bus fleet comprised of gas, diesel and hybrid vehicles that rack up 8 million miles annually.

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