School Bus Safety Data

About 50,000 buses in New York State transport approximately 2.3 million children to and from school each day.

School buses travel approximately 4.4 billion miles each year across the United States. To put this in perspective, the U.S Department of Transportation publishes figures that show Americans drive nearly 3 trillion miles on U.S. highways each year.

Approximately 53 percent of all K-12 students in the country ride yellow buses. School buses are:

  • 172 times safer than the family car
  • 8 times safer than passenger trains
  • 8 times safer than airplanes
  • 4 times safer than intercity buses 
The average bus transports 54 student passengers. An average of 1.5 students are transported per car if a school bus is not available. The number of cars needed to transport students currently riding on one school bus is 36. According to the American School Bus Council, that is 1 bus or 36 cars. Therefore, the federal government considers school buses to be about 9 times safer than other passenger vehicles during the typical school commute.
  • School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children to and from school
  • School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury
  • School buses keep an annual estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning 
For more school bus safety information:
New York Association for Pupil Transportation

School Bus Safety

 Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Transportation.