WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Broken down buses impacted the ride to and from school Thursday in Palm Beach County, and could again Friday.
The Consumer Watchdog learned 29 buses are broken down. That's nearly 5 percent of the county's bus fleet. A school district transportation spokesman says that's double the number of buses normally down.
We're told the problems are the result of a variety of issues, including mechanical and electrical problems. The problems have been ongoing since Wednesday.
The district is working on parts orders now, and hopes to have the number of buses out of service down to 25 by Friday morning.
The district expects that the number of bus routes will be doubled Friday as they shuffle routes and try to fill in the gaps.
Most of the problems are impacting the north part of the county.
On Wednesday night, the school board voted to approve $14 million to buy 114 new school buses over the next few years. This would replace the district’s aging fleet.
The district says they have mechanics working overtime to fix the problems.