Massachusetts Governor Deploys The National Guard To Drive School Buses Amid Driver Shortage

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The governor of Massachusetts on Monday activated the state’s National Guard to help with busing students to school, a growing issue in states across the country.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said 250 Guard personnel will be available to serve as drivers of school transport vans.

They’ll begin training Tuesday, with some 90 of them to be initially deployed in four diverse cities north of Boston – Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, and Lynn.

The Guard troops will complete vehicle training like any school transportation worker and operate transport vans known as “7D vehicles,” not the familiar yellow school buses, according to the governor’s office.

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