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Hawaii to use GPS tracking on school buses

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HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education will use routing software and GPS tracking for public school buses at part of an overhaul of the transportation system.

The department said Tuesday it will also update its contracting and procurement process.

The department is restoring routes to students in the Oahu neighborhoods of Aiea Heights, Halawa Heights and Waikele as part of the first phase of reforms.

It plans to expand the reforms to all Oahu schools by the 2014-2015 school year and the rest of the state the following school year.

The department eliminated more than 100 school bus routes last year because of rising costs and declining funding.

It says it's since streamlined services and restored some routes. It also hired a consultant to study the bus system.

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