I’m trying to figure out how widespread might be the bus problems that are affecting some families at my son’s school. Apparently because of consolidation and elimination of some routes, plus some cranky new software, there seem to be many more complaints of longer bus rides, less safe stops, etc.
Our own story isn’t that horrible I suppose (we have to be at the stop 24 minutes earlier in the morning), but it is annoying and frustrating, especially since it was hard to reach the Transportation Office for weeks, and now they say that there probably isn’t anything to be done. (They are still working through the situations where kids have no bus!) We’ve had the same stop for 4 years, and the bus seemed plenty full in years past. I’m a big fan of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it” philosophy, but maybe that’s just my privilege showing through, because the status quo was working for me.
Clearly it is a difficult and complex job to map out bus routes, and of course no one wants to spend any more District money on busses than necessary. But if, as seems to be the case, there are far more problems this year, I’d like to know hear the specifics. And as always, I have to wonder why we can’t think of more efficient ways to move kids around. Maybe we should move to a small fleet of mini-vans? How to people feel about sliding scale schemes (or FRL based systems) to defray costs?
I would love to hear your stories and ideas.