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Be creative in cutting busing costs

Published: Fri, April 25, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Be creative in cutting busing costs

The golden days of walking 5 miles uphill to school are making their return.

The cost of transportation for students within Ohio’s public schooling system has steadily increased in the past several years.

“Ohio’s public school buses are traveling farther each year to pick up fewer kids” is an article recently published in The Vindicator and the Akron Beacon Journal. It details the high costs of transporting children to the school.

There is a definite flaw in the transportation system that schools within Ohio employ. The goal is to reduce the time school buses spend on the road. Implementing bus stops would be an effective process to do just that.

Children residing within neighborhoods should gather at one point from which buses can pick them up. Fewer stops results in less idling, traffic stops and time spent on the road.

It seems appropriate to have children attending charter schools to be picked up by a school bus. There is a greater physical distance between those attending said school, and it is not as efficient as a public school within a set community.

Carpooling for students not living within a general vicinity of a charter school should be exercised. Having buses journey into far-off lands is a vigorous task.

All taxpayers want to lighten their bill. Modest efforts put forth can do exactly that.

William Ludt, East Palestine


1dmacker(336 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The golden days of walking 5 miles uphill to school are making their return".
On the other hand the walk home was always downhill.
We could always fill the empty WRTA busses with students.
That would save money all the way around.

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2lajoci(374 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh sure, William -- why don't you just saunter on over to your local board of education's administrative offices and bestow upon them the benefits of your enlightening expertise on the subject of transportation planning and bus route configuration, because we all know that some guy sitting at home knows way more than the people actually working there on a daily basis.

While you're at it, make an appointment with your local transportation supervisor and review with that official the details of that district's transportation plan because who knows? Maybe they don't know what the hell they're doing, and, of course, YOU do, especially because, as a student, you've ridden on busses, and, as an adult, you've have seen them go by and may have even had to stop behind one that was inefficiently picking kids up or dropping them off, in a way that made you mutter to yourself, "Can't they do that more efficiently, thereby saving me money?"

And, of course, if you were charged with the task of making the whole process more efficient, you most certainly would be able to do just that, given your years of experience in school transportation planning.

Go get 'em, William!

And while you're at it, maybe you could fix the curriculum, and show those incompetent math and science and language arts teachers a thing or three about fixing their problems, all along the way cutting out anything you, in your deep and abiding wisdom, consider dead wood and useless fat.

Come to think of it, maybe you should run for the school board on a platform promising "ta clean up em skoooools!"

But of course, that would require you to do the hard, responsible, grown-up job of working within the system -- which is a lot less fun than standing off in the distance throwing mud and taking pot-shots, isn't it?

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3billdog1(1792 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

lajoci, I can see your passionate about the subject here. I do see the buses making a stop at every drive along the road on some routes. It would make sense to create bus stops for both traffic and fuel savings. I rode the bus for many years while in school and we had bus stops. Many of us walked a couple of blocks to get to the bus stop, not the end of our driveway. Lighten up brother.

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4billdog1(1792 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

eivo, sad but true.

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