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Roberts Hawaii, Ground Transport awarded school bus service contracts worth $21 million

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:56 a.m. HST, May 14, 2014

The Hawaii State Department of Education announced today that Roberts Hawaii and Ground Transport, Inc., will provide bus service for Oahu schoolchildren in the 2014-2015 school year. 

At a cost of nearly $21 million, contracts were awarded on Nov. 27 following a request for proposal process that began in July, the DOE said in a news release. 

The contracts are among major reform efforts under way since December 2012 to meet recommendations by the State Office of the Auditor and the DOE's transportation consultant, Management Partnership Services (MPS), to make fundamental changes to the bus procurement process, DOE said.

Roberts received 181 of Oahu's 305 school bus routes, while Ground Transport will be responsible for 124 routes.

DOE said in a statement:

"The DOE's bus transportation reform efforts, known collectively as the "Get on Board" program, is a multi-year, multi-phased effort to transform how the DOE delivers transportation services to its students. 

"The initiative resulted from a comprehensive study by MPS commissioned after 100 bus routes were eliminated in June 2012 due to rising contract costs and budget cuts. MPS determined that a fundamental overhaul of the DOE's Student Transportation Services Branch was needed, including changes to contracting practice to encourage competitive pricing, clarify expectation and improve contract management."

The DOE's school bus transportation system serves more than 35,000 students annually through 700 buses operated by 12 contractors on five islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii Island.

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jojuce wrote:
I wonder, doe this include special education transportation as well. Second wasn't, Roberts Hawaii considered to have the highest prices per bus and the reason for the audit, just saying.
on December 3,2013 | 01:19PM
false wrote:
What a rip off.
on December 3,2013 | 02:28PM
mauiray wrote:
I'd like to know how many bids was turned in and how much were they. Sounds like a chosen few get the preference every time..
on December 3,2013 | 04:42PM
Steve96785 wrote:
So, $21M for a bit more than half of the bus routes. How much for the others? What was the previous price of the contract that caused the audits? Did the DOE actually sVe any money? Maybe if we actually had reporters at the SA, instead of just printing excerpts from the blurb by Roberts Hawaii ad men, we'd find out the important information. I hope this is a significant savings for the DOE, but I very much doubt that is the case.
on December 3,2013 | 08:16PM
Steve96785 wrote:
My bad. $21M appears to be the total, but what was the previous amount?
on December 3,2013 | 08:17PM
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