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Hillsborough County buses conduct test run

Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County parents, don't worry -- you didn't forget the first day of school. Monday is a massive test run for school buses.

School in Hillsborough County starts Tuesday, but more than a thousand big yellow buses are hitting the road Monday morning.

Drivers will be following their planned routes, stopping, and even opening their doors.

The giant test run is aimed at working out all of the first-day kinks without the pressure of students on board or deadlines to arrive at schools, explained John Franklin, the school district's transportation director.

"I'd rather get a road call [from a bus with a problem] today than tomorrow," Franklin said Monday, when he joined us live on The Morning Show.

The extra time was already proving helpful by 6 a.m. Monday.

Two teams of support workers that moved into new offices discovered their phone, Internet, and radio systems weren't up and running.

Those services should all be working properly by the time the first students are waiting for their rides Tuesday, Franklin said.

The Hillsborough test run means every Tampa Bay area school district will have buses on the roads Monday morning and afternoon.

If you're driving, you must follow all school bus stop laws, even if there are no students on board. Bus drivers need to be able to count on you to stop and not pass them.

Hillsborough County's bus team will transport around 91,000 students every school day.


















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