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October 14, 2015

State funding secured by Senator Farley will help with bus radio upgrade


Special funding for the district of $15,000 secured by state Senator Hugh Farley will help Niskayuna outfit its bus fleet with a new radio system, which will improve communications between drivers, schools, and dispatchers at the bus garage.

Some funding for the radios was included in the district budget for this year, and officials are pleased that this additional state revenue will offset some of the cost and help make the upgrades a reality in the current year. The GPS-enabled radio system will have a stronger signal over a broader coverage area.

"We are grateful to Senator Farley for his continued support of our schools and for his assistance with this funding," Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said. "From both a safety and operational standpoint, this will be a significant enhancement for our transportation system."

The new radio system is expected to be up-and-running this winter.

The new radios will be part of the larger system of the Center for Disability Services, a district transportation partner that leases space from the district at the Hillside Avenue bus garage. Improved radio service will also be an asset for the shared transportation services that the district has initiated over the last couple of years with the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Scotia-Glenville, and Mohonasen districts.

Those shared services are leading to cost savings and operational efficiencies, and were the basis for the joint Local Government Efficiency Plan the districts filed with the state last spring.