Frequently Asked Questions about Partnering with MVT

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about partnering with MVT for transportation services. Click on the questions that are of interest to you. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

  1. Why do school districts and organizations partner with MVT for student transportation?

    School districts and organizations who partner with MVT often can realize substantial cost savings, reduced administrative time, enhancements in safety and training programs, and greater efficiencies. Other benefits include an updated bus fleet and improved maintenance programs, as well as increased control and flexibility to respond to the changing needs of their communities. Additionally, outsourcing provides excellent cost containment and more consistent longer term budgeting.

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  2. How can MVT help a small or rural district or school board?

    Often small districts can benefit the most from using MVT. We provide these districts and boards with many advantages, including comprehensive preventive maintenance, excellent safety programs, additional liability insurance, and much more. By using MVT, the cost savings alone can be considerable, not to mention the gains in efficiency and community satisfaction.

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  3. In what areas can MVT help school districts and organizations save money?

    With MVT, school districts and organizations can realize savings in many areas of their operation. For example, MVT provides an extensive preventive vehicle maintenance program, operates newer, more efficient vehicles, provides outstanding safety training, and conducts ongoing route review to assure optimal responsiveness and efficiency. Our expertise, including the services of our management staff and maintenance team, can often be shared among several districts or organizations to further reduce costs.

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  4. Does student transportation services need to be competitively bid?

    Transportation services may require a competitive bidding process and varies from state to state or even from region to region. In many areas however, a competitive bid is not required. Rather, the board may solicit one or more proposals and decide which provider offers the best service package, taking into consideration price, past performance, experience, quality, and customer references. The proposal process allows the board maximum discretion in choosing a transportation provider with cost being only one of several factors to be considered. As in many cases, services provided at the lowest cost are not usually provided with the highest quality.

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  5. How can MVT reduce our costs and still earn a profit?

    Student transportation has been our primary focus for over 70 years. Through years of experience, economies of scale, comprehensive preventive maintenance, the use of newer buses, and constant innovation in operating methods, MVT can reduce transportation costs and still remain profitable. MVT manages our transportation operations with the same enthusiasm and care with which your district educates students and provides for its consumers.

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  6. What will happen to our current employees if we partner with MVT?

    In most cases, most if not all existing employees (based on board recommendation), and MVT hiring guidelines, are offered employment at comparable wages and benefits.

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  7. If I partner with MVT, what happens to our current fleet of buses?

    There are a number of options available. In most cases, MVT would purchase the existing fleet, providing you with additional funds to invest elsewhere. Another option would be when a school district or organization partners with MVT, the board continues ownership of the existing buses and MVT provides the new ones. One of the advantages of partnering with MVT is that we can update your fleet immediately, eliminating the need of the district to make the large capital investment in equipment. Any buses placed into service by MVT will always be made available to the board for repurchase at the depreciated value should it wish to resume providing its own service.

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  8. What would happen to our existing transportation facility if we partner with MVT?

    Most often, MVT will continue to operate from the district’s facility and lease the property. If the facility needs to be upgraded or expanded, this can be included in the MVT proposal. MVT often purchases the existing vehicle inventory.

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  9. Is it possible to maintain controls while enhancing quality by partnering with MVT?

    It all comes down to the rules of the marketplace. Competition keeps MVT continuously responding to your needs, because if we don’t, you will find another provider who will. This has been our business for over 70 years and we are highly motivated to ensure that our customers are completely satisfied. MVT is very agile and can deal quickly and fairly with the challenging operating issues that transportation offices encounter. MVT also can quickly add or modify routes, as well as provide extracurricular transportation to respond to the changing needs of your district.

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  10. Why would I want to partner with MVT if our transportation system already runs well?

    You may want to consider partnering with MVT in order to reduce costs, increase flexibility, and reduce the fragmented priorities of your district or board’s administrative staff. When your district or board partners with MVT, the administrative staff can concentrate on education and employment options, and know that transportation is well taken care of.

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  11. How do I determine how much our district or board really spends on transportation?

    Determining your real transportation expense is not as easy as examining your district transportation budget. Most districts do not account for depreciation of their buses and facilities or the costs of shared administrative positions or utilities. In addition, there are capital and repair expenses of facilities, computers, radios, and other equipment, plus expenses associated with pool-based benefits, such as worker’s compensation, healthcare coverage, and liability insurance. MVT has a thorough process by which we work with the district or board to identify total current transportation cost. Our study also examines the district or board’s transportation reimbursement.

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  12. Will our district or board state reimbursement change if we partner with MVT?

    In most states, the reimbursement your district or board receives will not decrease under any circumstances. MVT will review the current reimbursement application and work to maximize the revenue to the district or board through efficient routing. Typically, districts and boards who contract for their transportation services receive their special needs and parochial capital assistance in a different, more advantageous form. Reimbursement received can be applied to MVT invoices.

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