Serving Lamorinda Families Since 1994
A Collaborative Approach
The Lamorinda School Bus Program (LSBP) 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. In 2019-20, the LSBP will operate nineteen buses serving nearly 1500 students in the Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda Union and Acalanes Union High School Districts. During the 2017-18 school year, the LSBP successfully eliminated 652,860 vehicle trips!
LSBTA Board of Directors
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, Whitney Simon and Administrative Aide, Deb Harley. The LSBTA meets as needed at the administrative offices in Lafayette. All meetings are open to the public. Agendas and meeting materials are posted on this website under the Public Meetings. E-notification is available via the City of Lafayette website.
LSBTA Members 2020
Chair, Amy Worth, City of Orinda
Vice Chair, Nancy Kendzierski, AUHSD
Renata Sos, Town of Moraga
Jon Nickens, Moraga School District
Cara Hoxie, OUSD
Susan Candell, City of Lafayette
Jean Follmer, Lafayette School District
After a competitive bid process in 2018, the LSBTA will continue its partnership with 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 its bus yard in Concord near Highway 4. 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.
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
The LSBP will receive twelve new buses for 2019-2020! The new buses will be placed on routes with the greatest need for an upgrade. The buses will have the same safety features as the 2009 model buses. All 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.