Partnering with First Student for your student transportation allows you to improve performance while focusing on what matters most - providing quality educational programs to your students. 

From full turnkey contract operations to stepped levels of service, we put our experience to work, designing a custom transportation package specific to your community’s unique needs and goals. You remain in control – and gain a partner focused on delivering the results you need. 

Local Drivers and Staff

Our drivers and management teams are familiar, trusted faces in your community. We take pride in hiring and empowering local people who have as much passion as you do about getting your students to school safely and on time. With operations facilities located on or near your school district properties, you have complete access to your local operations team.  


Keeping your students safe is our number one priority. That’s why we’re constantly researching and developing innovations and technologies that improve driver and operating performance.  

Bus Ownership and Leasing

You may choose to own your buses or sell them to us for immediate capital replacement. Or we can purchase new buses to meet your transportation needs. Some districts also choose to lease school buses from First Student, providing another option for upgrading without worrying about the capital requirements associated with purchasing new buses. No matter which option you choose, our stringent maintenance programs keep them operating in a safe, reliable manner.

Expert Support Network

Your locally-based, knowledgeable team will have the power of a nationally-supported network of resources, providing support for everything from routing and maintenance, to training and recruiting.

  • Routing and logistics are powerful tools for your district to achieve on-time performance and to improve asset utilization. First Planning Solutions™, First Student’s dedicated routing team, uses a specialized approach to improve your fleet’s performance and manage costs. 
  • We know that safety starts with a well-maintained bus, so that’s why we implement a stringent maintenance program conducted by trained, certified technicians dedicated solely to your fleet. 
  • With our national purchasing power, you’ll enjoy quick availability, as well as significant discounts on vehicles and parts that school districts and other bus companies simply can’t attain.