The US Transportation Department is working to hire up to 4,000 school bus drivers, as part of an effort to reduce congestion and help make schools safer.
A report released last week found the country’s school system has seen a “significant” increase in bus accidents.
The agency says the number of school bus accidents in the last year is up by 20 percent from the same time last year.
The report found that more than 2,000 bus drivers were injured in 2016.
But that does not necessarily mean that the school system needs to be hiring more school bus operators.
It means that the number could fall.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Transportation Department said it is “committed to the long-term growth of the US transportation system, including the development of technology solutions that will help improve safety and reduce the cost of operating transportation systems.”
It said the goal is to “provide the nation’s schools with safe and efficient transportation options” and that it is working with the states and local governments to create transportation planning and development frameworks that “ensure that all students have access to the safe, efficient, reliable transportation system of choice.”
In a report released earlier this month, the government also noted that bus safety has been “the top priority for the Transportation Safety Administration for the last two years.”
The department also noted a growing number of cases of bus drivers who have suffered serious injuries, with at least one fatal crash in five states in 2016 alone.