Starting this summer, a new company will carry Brookfield and Elm Grove’s futures.
The Elmbrook School District has chosen GO Riteway Transportation Group as its new public transportation provider.
The Elmbrook School Board approved GO Riteway Tuesday night and the company will begin ferrying the district’s students in the 2017-18 school year.
GO Riteway was awarded the contract after being one of three transportation providers to submit bids. First Student, the district’s current provider, was among the options, but the board felt that GO Riteway was the best fit for the district’s priorities.
“We are excited to begin our relationship with the GO Riteway Transportation Group,” Elmbrook chief information officer Chris Thompson said. “Throughout the proposal process we were impressed with the leadership team and its deep commitment to providing the highest quality service to our students and families.”
The district began seeking proposals for public transportation services in January. In late December a First Student bus driver was arrested and charged for operating while intoxicated and possessing a weapon while transporting students at Swanson Elementary. The district noted that First Student’s contract was set to expire this year and the decision to search for other options was not entirely based on the December incident.
GO Riteway’s contract with Elmbrook also includes a number of new features for the school buses, including camera systems that record both video and audio on all buses, vendor-hosted routing software and new buses with current safety technology.
“We are very happy to have been chosen to provide transportation for the Elmbrook Schools,” GO Riteway vice president-compliance Wendy Bast said. “We look forward to our partnership with the parents, teachers, students and school district personnel.”
The contract will formally begin in June — with GO Riteway providing transportation for summer school — and will span three years through the 2019-20 school year. The estimated value of the contract is $3.57 million.