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DISD replaces some buses with taxis and shuttles

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A money saving move by the Dallas Independent School District nearly backfired. More than 2,000 students were picked up by strangers on the first day of school.

A contractor hired taxi and shuttle drivers to pick up kids who travel long distances to magnet and vanguard schools.

At parent meetings Thursday night, ALC representatives gave presentations on their safety standards.

A spokesman said all shuttle vans, SUVs and town cars get visually inspected at schools every day and serviced quarterly. He also said all drivers underwent training on transporting kids within the last three months.

That didn't satisfy parents who want a marked bus, and their trust restored.

"They didn't inform us this was going to happen. We just found out about this yesterday," said Tracey Gamble, an angry parent.

Some parents refused to let their kids go with the drivers because there were not in uniform. Others called the vehicles they used clunkers.

"We wanted to save students time. They're spending a lot of time riding on those buses when they're going to pick up students," said Jon Dahlander, DISD's spokesman.

He said drivers in the program will now put decals or fliers on their vehicles when they pick up and drop off students.

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