07-16-12: School bus transportation changes take effect this fall
07-16-12: School bus transportation changes take effect this fall

Changes to some of the district’s bus routes, including the elimination of some stops or new pick-up and drop-off times, take effect this fall at 21 schools.

Parents of students at all schools throughout the district are encouraged to check the district website starting on August 8 for bus run numbers, stop locations, and stop times. All bus route changes take effect the first day of school on Wednesday, September 5.

Bus schedule information is located on the “Infofinder i” Web page, which can be accessed from the district's Transportation: Bus Schedules and Routes page.

This year’s changes are the result of efficiencies made to bus routes at 11 elementary schools and nearly all junior high and high schools.

Schools affected by the changes include:

High Schools: Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers.
Junior High Schools: Aylen, Ballou, Edgemont, Glacier View, Ferrucci, and Stahl.
Elementary Schools: Edgerton, Firgrove, Fruitland, Hunt, Pope, Ridgecrest, Shaw Road, Sunrise, Waller Road, Wildwood, Woodland, and Zeiger.

All students affected by the changes can continue to ride the bus, only they may have to walk further to reach the stop closest to their home, said Director of Transportation Cathy McDaniel.

“We have streamlined our routes to make them more efficient,” she said. “It’s what our entire district is doing — working smarter with limited resources.”

McDaniel said transportation changes were made only after careful review by the school district’s Transportation department, with consideration given to safe walking paths.

The changes to the routes will save the district as much as $600,000 and were among several cost-saving measures the district implemented this year to balance the 2012-13 budget.

The district will continue to look for the most efficient bus routes as there are changes in the number of students who ride the buses, said Chief Operations Officer Rudy Fyles. The district uses a computerized transportation routing system, which was implemented last year, to accurately map out bus routes.