DALLAS-- New rides for the new year.
Dallas County Schools rolled out brand new mini buses for the school year, a welcome sight to many parents. In the past, as many as 2,000 DISDstudents relied on third party transportation to get to and from school -- including unmarked cars, taxis and vans.
Last year there were numerous problems and a News 8 investigation even found safety violations.
Angry parents said drivers didn't have proper ID, they showed up late, and there was at least one report of a driver involved in multiple wrecks while a student was in the vehicle.
A News 8 investigation later exposed that some of those passenger vans were dangerous and illegal for public transportation in Texas.
Wednesday afternoon Dallas County Schools and DISD launched a fleet of 180 new mini buses.
They will be driven by uniformed DCS employees and will offer safe, clean and convenient transportation on routes with fewer students, a press release said.