Durham School Services gets backing on Hamilton County Schools bus bid

BUS BIDSHere are the total costs of four-year bids for school bus transportation services:* Durham: $45.6 million* Ecco Ride: $45.1 million* First Student: $48.4 millionBY THE NUMBERSHere's how Durham School Services stacks up with its contract with Hamilton County Schools. The numbers don't include 49 other routes driven by independent contractors.* 18,931 -- miles driven per day* 3.2 million -- miles driven each year* $14.5 million -- total annual cost* 239 -- routes* 9,500-plus -- daily stops* $65,000-70,000 -- projected transportation savings from school cancellation

The Hamilton County Board of Education hopes to shave some costs from a $45.6 million bid for countywide student busing services.

District administrators recommended the board continue contracting with Durham School Services, though the company's bid was about half a million more than the low bidder, Ecco Ride.