Edmonton public and Catholic school boards are creating a joint transportation service to bus their students to school.

The Edmonton Student Transportation Authority (ESTA) will operate independently from the boards and have its own staff and office. 

The new authority was announced Tuesday by both school districts following the completion of a feasibility study. 

The new system is expected to reduce ride times and save $2.5 million a year.

“It will mean greater efficiencies, lower ride time, money saved. it’s just a win-win I believe for both boards as well as the parents and constituents that we represent,” said Catholic board chairwoman Cindy Olsen.

Full implementation of the new system is expected by fall 2016.

The combined transportation costs for both boards is $55 million a year.