Busing Problems: South Bend kids left without ride to first day of school

Kids from around South Bend were left without a ride on the first day of school Wednesday.

First, some parents told us their kids' bus didn't show up at the Van Buren and Cushing bus stop.

“Finally, by 6:35 a.m., because the bus is supposed to be here at 6:46, we walk down to the bus stop. 7 o'clock the kids are all looking at their phones and, 'did the bus come already?' and I was like, 'no, not that I know of' and 7:15 I was done. I went to the house, got my cell phone, called the bus garage told my daughter I am just going to drive you to school,” says Suzanne Gloss.

Then, after our story aired earlier Wednesday others called NewsCenter16 to tell us their bus didn't show up either.
One school told a parent buses are using one system, schools are using another and they aren't matching up, leaving many without busing.

That parent told us kids on South Bend Avenue didn't get picked up.

Another viewer called in saying half of the students at Madison Primary didn't show up either because they didn't get picked up by a bus.

And another says she was told the GPS system that tracks buses was down Wednesday, but the director of transportation told us something different.

“I went in pulled up that global positioning information and found that bus left the garage here about five minutes later than it was scheduled to, it did have a substitute bus driver on it, it was a planned sub and first stop arrived six minutes late. The driver worked their way through the stops and arrived at school about 7:29,” says South Bend Community School Corporation Director of Transportation, Michael Nolen.

WNDU also called Jackson Intermediate to see what they had to say about Wednesday’s bus problems. They told us they had one bus show up more than an hour late.

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