Serving Lamorinda Families Since 1994
A Collaborative Approach
The Lamorinda School Bus Program is not your average school bus program! In 1994 the municipalities and school districts in Lamorinda collaborated together to establish a school bus program for the purpose of traffic mitigation. The majority of funds come from Measure J, a 1/2 cent sales tax in Contra Costa County distributed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. Today, the LSBP operates twenty-two buses serving nearly 1500 students in the Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda Union and Acalanes Union High School Districts. During the 2017-18 school year, we successfully eliminated 652,860 vehicle trips!
The school bus program is governed by a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) called the Lamorinda School Bus Transportation Agency (LSBTA). The LSBTA is comprised of elected officials from each of the cities and school districts and is staffed by Program Manager, Juliet Hansen and Administrative Aide, Sue Graves. The LSBTA generally meets as needed and meetings are open to the public. Agendas and meeting materials are posted on this website under the Public Meetings tab.
After a competitive bid process in 2009, the LSBTA hired First Student Inc. as its school bus operator. First Student is a well-established company with an excellent safety record. First Student owns and maintains the buses, hires and trains the drivers and coordinates the daily bus service from their corp yard in Concord. First Student provides live dispatch from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dispatchers have radio contact with all drivers. Late buses or lost items? Please call First Student at 925-926-0375.
Update 2-8-19 The LSBTA is currently in negotiations with First Student for another 5-year contract starting fall 2019. You can keep up on this progress by clicking on the Public Meetings tab.
First Student Drivers
First Student drivers are professionals - hired to take your students where they need to go and keep them safe. All drivers receive extensive classroom and behind-the-wheel training approved by the CHP. Drivers must pass a full Dept. of Justice background check and drug and alcohol screenings. Professional school bus drivers add an important element of safety to your student's bus ride; they even cross your students across the street!
First Student Buses
School buses are 2009 model school buses purchased exclusively for Lamorinda. Buses are equipped with multiple safety features for students and drivers. All buses are equipped with three-point seat belts which will accommodate two or three students per seat. These "clean diesel" buses meet federal emissions standards and are equipped with particulate traps to filter out fine particles from the air. These are not the smoking diesel buses from the 1970's; these are highly sophisticated engines designed to run cleanly and efficiently.