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Massini Bus Co.


Massini Bus Co.

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Dawn Massini, owner of the Massini Bus Co., which services the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, said she has been trying to find ways to reduce the amount of fuel the buses use, but that it was an uphill battle.

One of the ways Massini is trying to cut down on the mileage is to leave the buses at the schools for the day and shuttling drivers home in school bus vans.
Because the district is so big, Massini said, and the fleet of 30 school buses have to cover so much distance in the mornings and the afternoons to serve all the district's busing students in Great Barrington, West Stockbridge and Stockbridge, it is hard to fight the rising cost of diesel fuel.
"It is a serious thing," she said.

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"There haven't been a lot of accidents at that intersection," said Dawn Massini, president of Massini Bus Lines, the service used by the district, "but there's an accident waiting to happen there every day."

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"I'm not as worried about the buses starting as I am worried about the kids standing and waiting if a bus breaks down," said Dawn Massini, president of Massini Bus Co. in Sheffield, which runs 18 buses each day for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

School buses are kept warm on cold nights with electronic heaters, and almost always start in the mornings.
But Massini said that diesel fuel can "gel" in extreme cold once a bus is on the road.Even with fuel additives, there are no guarantees.
She said she is shocked at how underdressed many children are, particularly teens who go without coats, hats or gloves.
"They just don't realize what will happen in this wind chill," she said.

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Company owner Dawn Massini could not be reached yesterday to explain how buses will be detoured.

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"We're just getting zapped, and it's tough luck," said company owner Dawn Massini, whose bus drivers saw a price of $2.27 for diesel at Gulotta's Mobil on Main Street when they were filling up last Wednesday.

A fuel contingency clause in the contract would have re-quired the school district to help pay if prices rose too high.Massini's, however, is absorbing the entire increase.
Service station owner Ed Gu-lotta sees the buses coming and going daily, and he too is getting zapped.His high wholesale cost gives him little room for a profit margin if he wants to keep his prices competitive, he said.
At home, however, he considers himself a lucky guy.He locked into a pre-pay heating oil plan with John B. Hull Oil in Great Barrington, but paid $1,400 upfront in August for a season's worth of oil.The price: $1.47 per gallon.
Meanwhile, Dawn Massini is doing what she can to cut down on "deadhead mileage" -- school buses traveling with no children on board.
"I hate to see the end of the month, when the bills come in," she said.

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