June 16, 2021

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Transportation firm cuts 357 jobs in Denton and Tarrant counties after losing school bus contract

A Dallas-based transportation company will cut 357 jobs in Denton and Tarrant counties after losing a school bus contract with Northwest ISD.

In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Reliant Transportation Inc. said the jobs will be eliminated over a two-week period, beginning May 29, in Justin and Haslet. It cited an “unanticipated termination of our contract by [a] client.”

In late April, Northwest ISD voted to end its contract with Reliant Transportation and bring busing services in-house, according to Community Impact. School district leaders said they are taking over previously outsourced services to save money as a result of cuts to its annual budget by state legislators.

Assistant superintendent Tim McClure estimated the district could save $3 million or more a year by providing its own transportation, Community Impact reported.

At 234 square miles, Northwest ISD is one of the most expansive school districts in Dallas-Fort Worth, spanning three counties and 14 municipalities. It operates 19 elementary schools, six middle schools and four high schools serving more than 25,000 students.

Reliant Transportation, a subsidiary of MV Transportation Inc., won the contract in 2018 to take students on 170 daily routes as well as school activities, field trips and sporting events.

MV is one of the largest privately owned passenger transportation services firms in North America and works with school districts nationwide. Its revenue exceeded $1.3 billion in 2018, according to its website.