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Wake Co. Schools streamline bus routes for 2014-15 year

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CARY, N.C. -

School buses for the Wake County Public School System will make far fewer stops this coming school year as the system looks to streamline routes.

The system said there are 116 fewer runs and 4,000 fewer stops this year compared to the last academic year. The system said the changes allow WCPSS to get thousands more students to school while keeping the number of buses and bus drivers the same.

That means some students may have to walk further to their stops, and parents should be aware of the changes as the 20014-15 traditional school year begins on Monday.

"So like in a neighborhood that had three stops, we may have two now," Wake Schools spokesman Bill Poston said. "It may mean the student may have to walk a little bit further but one of the things it does mean is if the bus only has to stop twice in the neighborhood it will get to school quicker."

Transportation is always a top concern for parents and getting the bus routes right is always a challenge in a burgeoning county like Wake County. In 2012, some students had lengthy waits for buses, and parents howled as the system struggled to get children to school. Those transportation problems contributed to Wake County firing Superintendent Tony Tata a month into the school year.

Families can check for the bus routes at www.wcpss.net/routes.

Wake County has morning school bells at 7:25, 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., meaning most buses make three runs each morning.

The maximum distance a student can walk to a bus stop is:

  • Three-tenths of a mile for elementary students
  • Five-tenths of a mile for middle school students
  • Five-tenths of a mile for high school students

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