School districts prepare buses for extreme cold - KCTV5

School districts prepare buses for extreme cold

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Area school districts are making sure the buses will be ready to roll for the bitter cold morning.

Mother Nature was too much for dozens of Kansas City, KS, buses just a few weeks ago when sub-zero temperatures hit the metro back on Jan. 7.

Dozens of their buses wouldn't start, and they couldn't refuel dozens more. So on Monday, district officials made sure drivers were up early to warm up the buses.

The KCK director of transportation said the freezing temperatures knocked out a lot of their batteries and a lot of their diesel fuel.

She said the temperatures even turned diesel fuel from a liquid to a gel-like form.

The oil turned into a thick honey like consistency that didn't want to churn in that engine.

Kansas City wasn't the only district feeling the sting of winter during the last arctic blast.

The Olathe School District, which contracts bus service through First Student, had 50 buses that wouldn't start, causing them to cancel classes.

Independence Public School District canceled because of bus problems too. The district says there weren't enough working buses to keep to their schedule.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is also stepping in to help some of their passengers out.

For those of who rely on public transportation to get around town, a warming bus is going to be parked at 10th and Main streets from 5-10 a.m.

Passengers can escape the cold of the bus stop while they wait for their next bus to arrive.  The Metro came up with the idea, and so far riders enjoy the comforting service.

Johnson County Transit also has warming buses at the Roth-Mission Transit Center and Oak Park Mall.

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