San Jose Unified School District Gets New Buses

New buses run on compressed natural gas and have video cameras.

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    New buses run on compressed natural gas and have video cameras.

    The future is here.

    The San Jose Unified School District just got seven new buses to add to its fleet of 37.

    Four of the new buses run on diesel with 2010 California emission standards.The other three run on compressed natural gas. Inside, the buses have four video cameras.

    Corrin Reynolds is the districts transportation supervisor. He said the cameras will help keep kids in check.

    “The cameras have audio so we can monitor the kids, what they’re saying. If there’s any bullying going on, we can keep that stuff in check, “ said Reynolds.

    “I think it’s better than before”, said Brandon Lam, a junior at Pioneer High School. “More safe, more secure, less violence I would say.”

    Lam’s mother also likes the other new feature on the buses… three-point seat belts.

    “I think it’s great.” said Jaqueline Lam. “Before, they didn’t have any seatbelts, so those are a biog thing. If they get hit, they’re going to go down. I think it’s good to have seatbelts.”

    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District awarded San Jose Unified a grant to purchase the new buses to replace aging  ones.

    By law, any bus built after 2005 has to be equipped with seatbelts.