New BC busing brings complaints, changes

It's hard to pin down the exact number of bus stops the district uses. It's an ever-changing number, but Karam said his system contains around 10,000 stops, some of which are inactive.

To serve as an example, in one Hamagrael Elementary neighborhood the number of bus stops was consolidated this year from 19 to 9. The number of stops has since been increased there.

What's more is this change didn't amount to much of a cost savings for the district. Shaving just four-tenths of a mile off the route and decreasing the travel time by two minutes.

"The bus is still traveling the same roads," Karam explained.

For a department with a nearly $6 million budget, these reductions won't make waves, or even ripples.

"We decided we probably needed to err on the side of caution and safety," Tebbano said. "The worst thing we could have is somebody getting hurt."

One change that will be staying put with some revisions is an expansion of the walking distance from the high school from one half mile to one mile. Voters approved that change in May.

Along the same lines, the district has responded to safety concerns by adding two stops that will service students within the new high school walking distance that would have to cross busy intersections to make it to school.

Stops have been established at Fisher Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, and where Route 32 meets Feura Bush Road. Setting up the new stops is more cost effective than hiring crossing guards, according to the district.

Of course, such changes will eat into the estimated $10,000 in savings the district had expected to realize from an increase in the walking distance. The stops will be added to existing routes, though.

"The bus is going through there anyways," Karam said.

The district has also announced students just inside the one-mile radius will be able to walk to stops further than one mile from the school, provided there is room on those bus routes to carry them.


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