roadways and walkways is a municipal, rather than a school board, responsibility. As such, boards of education must work with municipal officials and police officers to deem a route “hazardous” under law.
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SRTS can Address Elimination of Busing
Some communities worry that budget cuts for busing will increase traffic around schools, shift costs to parents struggling with volatile gas prices and lower attendance rates. But of greatest concern is the fear that the reductions will endanger students as more walk or bike to school. Implementing a Safe Routes to School Program prior to eliminating busing can help ease parental concerns by ensuring that children will be able to safely walk or bike to school and help ease parental concerns.
When Busing is Eliminated
In Somerville, school officials and the Somerset County Transportation Management Association (TMA), RideWise, collaborated to get kids walking to school again after the school district eliminated it’s courtesy busing program. According to Jim Crane, RideWise project manager, implementing a Safe Routes to School program in Somerville was more about providing a new service and less about cutting courtesy busing.