First Student Bus Service
If you have any questions about the First Student Bus Service, please call (217) 431-5532
First Student provides safe transportation for District 118 students. Some tools that we use to keep the students safe are with onboard video and audio recordings. We also provide video recording from our stop arm. This recording is activated when the stop arm is deployed at each stop and helps us track down motorists that may drive through the stop, putting the students in harms way.
Home to school transportation is crucial for communities in North America and First Student is the largest operator of the familiar yellow school bus which keeps students moving. We are more than twice the size of the next largest competitor with over a quarter of the outsourced market.
We operate in more than 500 locations across the US and Canada, working with school districts to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation for students. We currently operate more than 1,350 contracts which typically have a three to five year duration. We carry more than six million students per school day from over 500 operating locations throughout North America. We employ 57,500 people and have 49,000 buses.
For more than a century, we’ve provided industry-leading transportation services by emphasizing the relationship with our customer and putting students first. We work closely with school officials to understand their unique challenges, developing solutions that save money, improve safety, drive efficiency and provide peace of mind. Student safety is the primary concern of school districts, parents and communities and we invest millions in equipment, technology and driver training, making our school buses one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today.
As the industry leader, First Student is an advocate for new industry standards and innovative technologies. And that means our customers can count on leading-edge technology that makes us safer, more reliable and more efficient.