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State Dept. of Education to add more school bus routes

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HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education is reinstating bus service next month for 200 Oahu students whose routes were eliminated last year because of budget cuts.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the department says the restored service was made possible because of success with its "Get on Board" initiative.

Officials overhauled the public school bus system by using routing software and GPS tracking to rein in transportation costs.

The department also reformed vendor contracts as part of the pilot initiative.

The restored routes will serve students at August Ahrens Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, and Pearl City and Waipahu High schools.

Department officials say last year they were faced with a $17 million shortfall for student transportation.

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