According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of people killed and injured in bus accidents during 2015 increased from the number in 2014. During 2015, 295 people died and 24,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving buses. When you get on a school bus, whether it is a school bus, transit bus, metro bus, or tour bus, you do not expect to be in a traffic accident. However, you are at risk for an accident on a bus just as you are whenever you get on the road in your vehicle.
Getting to classes can be difficult for some Fresno City College students, especially at the beginning of each semester. In addition to the issues with parking, student now must deal with construction zones and detours. A new program may help ease the parking issues while providing students with a convenient and efficient way to get to school each day. ABC30 News reported about a new one-year pilot program between the City of Fresno and the college to make getting to the college campus a bit easier and less costly for the student. Beginning this school year, Fresno City College students who ride the FAX Bus to school and back will no longer be required to pay for the trips. Fresno has partnered with the college to allow the college to pay a lower fare for students. Students must purchase a student body card to be able to ride the buses for free throughout the city. However, the cost of a student body card is $5 — much less than paying daily fares for city bus transportation. The program is expected to have several positive consequences for students, the city, and school.