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Courtesy Busing Cut Fallout: TLS Poll Shows you can Expect about 5,000 more Vehicles on the Road During Carpool Hours; Police Bracing For More Accidents

school bus lkwd tlsWith courtesy busing cut, and the only options for children to get to school would be via carpooling or privately-paid busing – assuming they wouldn’t walk down dangerous roads – you can expect approximately 5,000 more vehicles on the road during each carpool time, a recent TLS poll suggests.

About 1,000 took part in the online poll, which questioned residents what they would prefer doing, given an option between paying for busing or carpooling.

Approximately 53% of voters said they’d pay for busing, while about 47% said they would carpool.

With busing cut to approximately 11,000 students – both public and non-public, you can expect approximately 5,000 more vehicles on the roads during the morning rush hour, and during pickup times.

Meanwhile, it’s not only the Mosdos that are upset over the cut.

“I’m very disappointed,” Pastor Glenn Wilson tells TLS, explaining that he was hoping for a better resolution to the busing crisis, which would affect approximately 2,500 public school students.

Wilson tells TLS he intends to set up a meeting with parents to explain the fallout of this drastic decision from the state.

In the meantime, with the reality of no courtesy busing setting in, the police department is preparing for the traffic increase, and for the incidents that may come as a result of it.

“Patience is the key,” Police Chief Rob Lawson tells TLS. “Leave extra time to get to your location. Initially, I suggest that you allot at least double the amount of time that you previously needed to get to your destination and then adjust accordingly based on your experience.”

But with the newly-added traffic, you can also expect longer delays due to accidents that could typically shut lanes or event rooads completely.

“With the added vehicular traffic, our already high accident rate will undoubtedly increase,” the Chief said.

[TLS]

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There are 11 Comments to "Courtesy Busing Cut Fallout: TLS Poll Shows you can Expect about 5,000 more Vehicles on the Road During Carpool Hours; Police Bracing For More Accidents"

  • David Drukaroff says:

    Instead of taking children to school via bus, why not bring school to the student via the Internet? I attend a tax seminar every November. Participants from 6 locations are linked via the Internet. I’ll be happy to supply more details to people who are interested.

  • Joe Numbers says:

    Your numbers assume that there would be about 1 student per car. That’s an obvious incorrect assumption.

  • Julia says:

    Maybe it’s time to start building like crazy

  • concerned says:

    If all people follow the rules of the road there’s not going to be more accidents, drive safely all

  • me says:

    Who cares traffic is always bad. It doesn’t matter with or with out buses its always bad.

  • Josh says:

    Where does the number 5000 come from? Most people are driving around town either way, considering public transportation is still a long way from being a perfect reality. So they will just put 5 kids in the minivan instead of 2.

  • Commenter says:

    Joe Numbers… 11,000 students…5000 cars. more than 2 kids per car. not everyone can carpool. some will have 3 or 4 in a car and some kids will be driven by their parents with no one else in the car.

    Me…. 5000 cars vs. 100 – 150 busses is a tremendous difference.

    Josh… not entirely true.. but either way, this is concentrated at specific times whether adding to their route or putting them out there when they would otherwise not be driving. Personally, I work from home. In many other cases one spouse may be going to work and the other staying home or going to work later… and the one not on the road will often have to drive the kid or carpool.

  • Did you all forget last summer. says:

    Did you all forget last summers test run? That was a disaster with all the extra police forces that came into help.

    It’s time to protest at the boe and sign up our kids so lakewood boe will have the funding to service all our kids. Yes we will them get vouchers and everything else. We can continue to be crushed by the extra costs of living…

  • JustWondering says:

    Cheif Lawson said “Patience is the key,” I would respectfully disagree. building roads to adequately handle the population is the key. In a town of about 100k people there are only 2 roads that intersect the town completely North 2 south and 1 possibly 2 East to West.

  • Lakewooder says:

    @me – your right it is usually congested and slow going. Bracing for what? Just trying to hype up and get people excited.

  • my kids mother says:

    with all the schools on Oak Street there better be a traffic light put up on Oak Street and Rt 9 because there is no way around all the ppl waiting to turn