Bethel school district to use taxis to transport students

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BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A western Alaska school district is turning to taxis after scrambling to find transportation for students before the school year starts this week.

KYUK-AM reports the Lower Kuskokwim School District doesn't have enough buses for Bethel-area students, so administrators reached a deal with a taxi company to fill the transportation gap.

Kusko Cab will operate in a similar manner as the bus system. Owner Naim Shabani says the district will give cab vouchers to students and taxis will pick them up at designated stops in Bethel.

The district's last-minute scramble occurred after it parted ways with long-time contractor Golden Eagle Unlimited. The contractor provided transportation for students in Bethel for more than two decades.

The district has purchased a fleet of buses expected to arrive in about six weeks.

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