Rhode Island company wins Columbus school bus contract

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus School Board has awarded the local transportation contract to Rhode Island-based Ecco Ride.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the contract is for four years.

At $7.5 million, Ecco Ride’s bid was more than $1 million less than the bid made by Columbus-based Waters Truck and Tractor. Waters, which had held the school district’s bus services contract since 2009, bid $8.8 million.

Ecco Ride will partner with charter bus company ACR Coach of Mayhew, Miss., to handle daily operations in Columbus.

The school board approved the contract on a 3-1 vote this week.

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