Broken Buses

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An Eyewitness News investigation has discovered major safety problems with local school buses that transport nearly 20,000 students to IPS and Franklin Township schools.

13 Investigates found the problems while inspecting dozens of buses at the unsecured bus lots of First Student, a private bus company that operates more than 280 school buses in Indianapolis. Master-certified bus mechanics say the problems jeopardize student safety. The investigation triggered an immediate investigation by Indiana State Police and prompted First Student to launch a massive internal inspection and repair program. The company has vowed to fix the problems we found.

March 28, 2008: Read a report that details extensive problems with the IPS transportation system.

In this archive, you'll find all of our stories related to this issue.

Broken Buses 1: WTHR discovers serious safety problems under school buses - 13 Investigates inspected dozens of school buses at First Student, and experts identified significant safety issues with about 60% of them.

Broken Buses 2: The Video - Mechanics at First Student bus company worked late into the night to inspect hundreds of school buses at the center of WTHR's investigation. See the videotape that stunned mechanics, state police and the bus company -- revealing big problems involving bald tires, rusted-out exhaust pipes, leaking fluids, broken and missing shocks, and dangerous brakes.

Broken Buses: First Student "Bothered Tremendously" - As mechanics inspect and repair hundreds of First Student school buses, the company speaks out for the first time about WTHR's investigation and admits 13 Investigates exposed another safety concern that must be addressed immediately.

Broken Buses: 80 percent of buses fail inspection - Indiana State Police found that 80 percent of the buses it spot-checked did not pass inspection.

More safety problems found on IPS buses - Inspectors were back out all day looking at some Indianapolis school buses operated privately by First Student, and again, inspectors found problems.

IPS buses skip routes - IPS is trying to figure out why 13 drivers apparently did not get on their buses and run their routes Thursday morning.

Bus company now faces service complaints - An Eyewitness News investigation discovered safety and maintenance problems with a private contractors buses. Now the focus is expanding to service.

Report: IPS bus system gets failing grades - The IPS bus system is gets failing grades from a new report. The report obtained by Eyewitness News finds terrible service, unanswered complaints and a lack of accountability.

IPS promises changes after bus report - See what changes IPS plans in light of a critical report on its transportation system.