Update on Charlottesville school bus situation, decarbonization study

Today is the first day of school in Charlottesville. On Monday, Council got an update on pupil transportation from the city’s new deputy city manager.

“We’re expecting fourteen school bus routes to be activated and three van routes with an additional six potential employees as soon as we get them on board and trained,” said Steven Hicks. “We hope to have all 20 driver slots filled by September or early October.”

This was the first meeting for Hicks in his new role. He had been serving as a Senior Transportation Project Manager before City Manager Sam Sanders appointed him to the deputy role. Hicks is also a former town administrator of Front Royal. 

There was also an update on a study to suggest ways the city’s utilities division can decarbonize itself to help the city meet its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Council last got a briefing from the consultant Black and Veatch in March.

“We expect a report from the consultant in October,” Hicks said. “This will be a preliminary report and we should hear the plan completion date  at that time as well.” 

Hicks said the study will also provide a legal review of whether Charlottesville would have the legal right to bar new natural gas connections in the future. 

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