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Metro Schools Start New Year With 124 New Buses

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Aug 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:21:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s the final stretch of summer vacation for students in the area, and teachers have been preparing for students to return to class for the 2015-2016 school year.

This year, Metro students have been set to ride on new school buses: a total of 124!

Fred Carr, the chief operating officer for Metro schools, admitted it was a lot, but they said the buses have been well-equipped with upgraded safety features.

These new buses have had the first two rows equipped with built-in car seats.

Each bus also came with four cameras, two in the front, one in the middle, and the fourth in the back.

But the most interesting feature has been the alarm system that forces bus drivers to make sure each kid has left the bus before they can leave.

“He can't open the door or else the alarm would go off,” Carr said. “So the bus driver has to walk to the back of the bus. Now you can exit the bus and the alarm will not go off.”

Carr added the number of new buses was high because they got additional funding.

Bus routes have been set to run as usual.