Regional hub for school buses planned in Port Jefferson Station region

September 27, 2013 by  

School buses are about to get a new home in Brookhaven, about five miles from Port Jefferson Station , it has been confirmed.

A new transportation hub is slated to be built in Brookhaven, according to Brookhaven and Suffolk Transportation Services, which said the project will cost approximately $6m, expand existing facilities by about 13,000 square feet, and create 150 new jobs. Many of these places are for mechanics and bus drivers, and will pay between $20,000 and $40,000 per year. In order to make room for the new facility, which includes a fueling station, Suffolk Transportation plans to tear down its two outmoded buildings.

One of the safety measures is an emergency button at the back of the vehicle. The driver has one minute to walk through the bus, checking to make sure all seats are empty. If the driver does not push the button in sixty seconds, an automatic alarm sounds.

Suffolk’s executive vice president, Tom McAteer, notes that even the most aware and diligent drivers sometimes forget to check to see if children are still on the bus at the end of the run. For this reason, motion detectors will also sound an alarm if a child remains on the bus after it’s parked. There will also be a recorded voice on an intercom system that can soothe children if they are ever left on the bus.

Transportation officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for parents, explaining the safety measures on the new buses.