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Audit Says Reduce Number of Milford School Bus Stops

A transportation audit suggests reducing the number of bus stops in Milford and requiring more students to walk to school.

Fewer bus stops a good idea? Tell us in the comments. Credit: Patch
Fewer bus stops a good idea? Tell us in the comments. Credit: Patch
A transportation audit for Milford public schools recommends that the district reduce its number of bus stops, citing safety and operational efficiency reasons.

And the Milford Board of Education has asked school administration to implement this change, along with two others, according to James L. Richetelli Jr., chief operations officer for Milford public schools.

“We expect that the vast majority of students who are being transported by bus to school will continue to be transported,” Richetelli, the former mayor, wrote in a letter to parents dated Jan. 2 (click here to read in full).

“Those families whose transportation service may be changed will be notified in writing in the spring," he said, "so that there will be ample time to make necessary arrangements for the 2014-15 school year.”

Along with the recommendation to consolidate bus stops, the transportation audit also supported the creation of a voluntary “opt-out program” and steps to require more students to walk to school, as long as it’s safe to do so.

Reads the proposal on the latter: “If the traffic safety expert (the city employs) finds that no safety issue exists on the walking route, the stop and/or route may be eliminated and the students will be expected to walk to school.”

The district is required to bus elementary school students who live more than one mile from school; middle schoolers who live more than one-and-a-half miles away; and high schoolers who are more than two miles removed.

A PDF of this school year’s bus routes can be accessed here.

What do you think about the proposed changes? Could some bus stops be scrapped? Should they? Tell us in the comments.

School officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Fake Name January 09, 2014 at 07:35 AM
As the BOE and parents of Milford give deep consideration to the number and location of bus stops, the quality of the children's education doesn't seem to merit any thought at all.
A14MT January 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Has it occured to anyone that perhaps the reduction in bus stops may be due to mechanical issues on the busses? If it were you vehicle making as many stops as the busses do, and your mechanic said you need new breaks you would think to yourself oh I am using the breaks more. Breaks, roaters more gas all adds up to extra added cost. Perhaps the bus company is pushing the cost on to the towns.
Concerned Parent January 09, 2014 at 09:01 AM
@Fake, I "COMPLETELY" agree. The focus of our school district is grossly displaced. As a parent, I cannot tell you how disappointed and shocked I've felt during the last 10 years with its decline. I've witnessed the town's focus on education sway from the student to the administrator. Our schools lack structure, their administrators are unapproachable, with policies which only serve to make their lives easier vs. the betterment of a student's educational experience.
A14MT January 09, 2014 at 09:09 AM
The answer is in the first paragraph of the article, "citing safety and operational efficiency reasons." Saftey and operational efficiency is key. Perhaps in my previous comment the brakes (pardon spelling error in previous comment) are costing more, which is an operational reason, perhaps number added stops is an increased saftey issue. Re-read the article I think our comments are bringing out added issues people have, my email is flooded with comments I am reading (not upset by it) though I said let me re-read article to adjust my statement.
Tmc January 09, 2014 at 09:02 PM
@A14; the buses are designed for stop and go duty. There are no "roaters" on the "breaks"; it's an airbrake system run by a compressor that push the brake shoe outward to the brake drum, causing the vehicle to slow or stop. The system is designed to endure many hard miles; it's why most commercial vehicles have them. The only thing that gets replaced with any frequency are the air hoses which rupture due to the cold and are cheap to buy.

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