Letter to the editor: Let’s keep the buses

Posted 10/3/18

Let’s keep the buses I am writing in response to Steve Hickox’s recent letter. I drive a bus for the school district. Steve suggests using Uber instead. Since by law the district must supply …

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Letter to the editor: Let’s keep the buses

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Let’s keep the buses

I am writing in response to Steve Hickox’s recent letter. I drive a bus for the school district. Steve suggests using Uber instead. Since by law the district must supply transportation to special needs students, only the general education portion of our fleet could go away.

I drive a very short basic route. The distance is under 2 miles one way and usually takes about 10 minutes. My first (of two) run had 48 students. Uberxl service holds six passengers. Today would have required eight vehicles to do the transportation. I have had as many as 71 students. So just in case we would have to have four more Ubers sitting around. RHMS and RCHS schools have 18 gen-ed routes. So, today there would have to be 216 ubers. Talk about a traffic disaster!

Who will pay for this and how? My sample one-way fare is $9.69. How do you split the costs? What happens if the load is not full? Do you split between x number? Who does all the accounting? Do you schedule loads? What happens if somebody does not ride that day?

No buses mean no extras. Goodbye activity trips, sporting events, transportation to graduation, and so on.

As to buses sitting. Yes, they do. I work a six-hour day, during which the bus spends 4.5 hours actually loading and moving students. I bet his car also sits. In the garage overnight, drive to work, sit eight hours…

Dave Crabb

Castle Rock

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