The National Guard of Mass. extends its school transport services to 5 other communities


State officials announced Friday that the Massachusetts National Guard will expand its school transportation services to five additional communities amid a critical shortage of bus drivers.

The guard will provide services to schools in Brockton, Framingham, Holyoke, Quincy and Woburn, according to a statement of the State Executive Office for Public Safety and Security.

Previously, the state had said members of the guard would help drive children to school in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn.

Governor Charlie Baker has authorized the use of up to 250 National Guard personnel to provide assistance to Massachusetts school districts unable to hire enough drivers to get children to school.

This week, more than 190 members of the National Guard completed the driver certification process to enable them to drive 7D vehicles, a type of van approved for school transport by MassDOTstate officials said. The certification process includes vehicle training, as well as a background check and a thorough review of health and safety measures, the statement said.

In addition to those who complete driver training, around 40 members of the National Guard will provide operational support to ensure safe transportation to and from the school, officials said.

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