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News Release January 15 2034

The following statement was issued today by the PRAIRIE BUS LINES:

Red Deer (AB) November 28th/ 2014:  At approximately 10:15 am one of of our buses providing service to the The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre was involved in a collision on Taylor Drive and 43rd street.

We are working with the authorities to determine the cause of the collision (damage, injuries, etc.). At this time we have confirmed no major injuries by any of the involved parties.

The safety and well-being of our employeJanuary es, contractors and neighbours is our first priority, if you have any comments or questions regarding this incident please call us to

(403) 342-6390.  As more information is available we will be providing updates through this site.

Thank you

 

Road Closures and Traffic Disruptions for Red Deer

Today, September 4th 2014 the following schools will have early dismissal due to the Tour de Alberta:

  • Gateway Christian School
  • Central Middle School
  • Grandview School
  • Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School
  • Alternative School Centre
  • Central Services

Please be aware of the following communicate from the City of Red Deer regarding road closures for today during the Tour of Alberta 2014 and until the end of fall due to road work.  The numerous blockades and detours may result in School Bus Delays. For a detailed list of road closures and road disruptions you can check HERE

The Tour of Alberta, one of Canada’s largest professional cycling races, will make its way through Red Deer tomorrow, September 4, 2014. Residents are encouraged to watch the race from anywhere along the route, and to participate in the downtown festival which kicks off at 11 a.m.

Cyclists will enter the city at approximately 2:30 p.m on Highway 11, turn south on 30 Avenue to Ross Street, head west on Ross Street, and will enter the downtown loop at the corner of Ross Street and 40 Avenue. Riders will complete the loop three times. Racers are often travelling upwards of 75 km/hr on the sprints or flats into the finish line.

Some roads will temporarily close as more than 100 cyclists make their way through the city. Road closures along the cycling route will include the following:

  • 30 Avenue
  • Ross Street
  • 55 Street
  • 40 Avenue

Drivers will be able to move in and out of affected neighbourhoods and areas prior to cyclists making their way through the city; however, once cyclists are in Red Deer, access to roads and areas along the route will be impacted for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

The finish line and festival area will be located on Ross Street from 47 Avenue to 49 Avenue. Therefore, Ross Street will close from 47 Avenue to 49 Avenue starting Wednesday, September 3 at 5 p.m. until Thursday, September 4 at 9 p.m. The racers are expected at the finish line between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow immediately. The festival continues until 5 p.m.

First Rider Program – School Bus

The First Rider Program is a School Bus Safety program introducing young children and their parents to school buses and school bus safety. It’s intended to be a fun learning experience. Come out to our First Riders event to learn about taking the bus safely and with expertise. Hosted by various First Rider partners, this event is an important learning opportunity for any student who is taking the yellow school bus for the first time. First Riders will help to familiarize you and your child with our buses and provide hands-on safety information. The program is focused on students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who will use yellow bus services in the fall. However any student who is new to taking the school bus, or would like a refresher, is welcome to attend.

  • When: August 18, 2015
  • Where: Westerner Park, Red Deer
  • Times: 1-3pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Staying Safe

School buses are the safest way to get to and from school each day. However, there are a number of ways your child can be sure to have the safest ride possible.

For Students:

  • Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus or the curb.
  • While waiting for the bus to leave, stay in a safe place away from the edge of the road.
  • Never go back to retrieve some-thing you’ve dropped near a school bus.

For Parents:
Because School buses are the safest mode of getting students to and from school, have your child ride the school bus instead of riding in a private vehicle.

  • Review school bus safety rules with your child regularly.
  • Get to know the parents of other riders. This way you will learn about the other children who are riding along with your child.
  • Get involved with your student’s safety. Voice concerns immediately to your School District Transportation Office.
  • Attend “back to school” events and tour a big yellow school bus.
  • Get familiar with the yellow bus and the people that drive them.

Your Bus driver is a trained professional who sees children just like your child every day; he or she would be happy to tell you about the safety features on the bus and the responsibility drivers have for keeping their young passengers safe. Keep applicable School District telephone numbers handy in case the bus is delayed or in the event of an emergency. Know what your role is for emergency evacuations.

Our Role in Safety

The top priority of all School Divisions and Districts is to keep children safe on the school bus. We’re proud that the school bus is the safest mode of transportation for students and continuously strive to make our services even more reliable. Our Buses are:

Safe: School buses are among the safest vehicles on the road; the color and size of school buses make them easily visible and identifiable, their height provides good driver visibility and raises the bus passenger compartment above car impact height and reinforced sides resist side impacts.

Secure: From the Transportation Department staff, to driver, to mechanic, there’s a trained professional looking after your child’s safety at every step of the trip. School bus drivers are among the most highly trained, tested and scrutinized drivers on the road. All bus drivers must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and must pass written and skills tests to earn a specialized School Bus Endorsement qualification. Drivers also receive specialized class-room and behind-the-wheel bus driver training. In addition, Drivers receive training in student loading/unloading procedures, student evacuation and student behaviour management.

The Program Experience:

During your visit with us, you’ll view a video in which Winnie the Pooh and his friends go on an exciting adventure of riding the school bus for the first time. They learn safety tips that help them learn to ride the bus safely. We want you and your child to share in this same experience. After viewing the Winnie the Pooh video, you and your child will then board a yellow school bus where the bus driver will tell you all about how to ride a school bus safely, including how to get on the bus, how to act while travelling and how to properly exit the bus. After, we’ll take you on a short ride to experience what it’s like to ride on a bus just like the “big-kids”. We hope you’ll join us for this fun outdoor learning experience that runs about 45 minutes and includes a ride on a yellow school bus. Parents must accompany the child through this event.

The First Ride Program Partners are:

Prairie Bus Lines
General Manager: Scott Hucal
Operations Manager: Corinne Varga
Tel: 403.342.6390

Red Deer Public School District
Transportation Manager: Scott Partridge
403.342.3724

Chinooks Edge School Division
Director of Transportation: Dieter Brandt
Asst. Director of Transportation: Patti Thompson
403.227.7072

Red Deer Catholic Regional Division
Transportation Manager: Bill Wilson
Admin Assistant: Shevon Medicraft
403.309.8801

Become a School Bus Driver

 

Prairie Bus Lines WILL NOT be able to employ anyone with the following:

  •  Impaired driving charge
  •  Any criminal charges or convictions (i.e. narcotics, assault, fraud etc.)
  • Less than 5 years of driving experience
  •  Has a probationary or graduated license
  •  Over 3 demerit points on the license
  •  Under the age of 21 

VERY IMPORTANT

  1. Do Not purchase a Drivers Abstract until requested to do so.
  2. Read carefully BEFORE submitting your application
  3. You will receive copy of your application via email.

Health problems related to heart, hearing, eyesight, diabetes, or other physical impediment may restrict your ability to obtain the required Class 2 License.

Health issues such as these need clearance prior to your interview with Prairie Bus Lines. Please phone the Government of Alberta Medical Review Board at (toll free) 310-0000 and then dial 780-427-8230 to reach a representative from that department.

You can start your application process by clicking on the button below:

APPLY  HERE

Drivers Wanted

 

Prairie Bus Lines WILL NOT be able to employ anyone with the following:

  •  Impaired driving charge
  •  Any criminal charges or convictions (i.e. narcotics, assault, fraud etc.)
  • Less than 5 years of driving experience
  •  Has a probationary or graduated license
  •  Over 3 demerit points on the license
  •  Under the age of 21 

VERY IMPORTANT

  1. Do Not purchase a Drivers Abstract until requested to do so.
  2. Read carefully BEFORE submitting your Application
  3. You will receive copy of your applicaton via email.

Health problems related to heart, hearing, eyesight, diabetes, or other physical impediment may restrict your ability to obtain the required Class 2 License.

Health issues such as these need clearance prior to your interview with Prairie Bus Lines. Please phone the Government of Alberta Medical Review Board at (toll free) 310-0000 and then dial 780-427-8230 to reach a representative from that department.

You can start your application process by clicking on the button below:

APPLY HERE

School Bus Operator eLearning

This eLearning course is designed to meet the recommendation for the standardized pre-employment training in the Alberta School Bus Report; Ensuring the Safety of Our Children. This course does not replace the “S” endorsement.