Parents say back to school transportation is a bumpy ride for kids in the Erie School District. We spoke to the Superintendent about how the district plans to tackle these concerns.
Superintendent Brian Polito says administrators anticipated some transportation hiccups after merging schools and changing routes, but he assures parent that the district has it under control.
Getting to and from school isn’t exactly a walk in the park for the Erie School District. Three weeks into the semester, some parents say problems still linger with the city busing service.
Linda Samec, Parent, tells us, “I’d much rather have my daughter take the bus rather than me having to go to Erie High and waste all my gas.” Samec tells us it’s taking too long for her kids to get a bus pass, so she’s had to drive them instead.
Polito says administrators are aware of the concerns are working to address them, and crowded buses is one of the top priorities.
Another parent, Jennifer Bootes, says her daughter “explained to me that the buses were… incredibly jammed full… to the point where they were like, elbow to elbow and the doors were hard to close.”
Polito says now that the district has a better idea of how many students use the city bus service, they’ll be able to lock down the most efficient bus routes. “As of today, we had 1600 bus passes issued, so I think that’s probably about where we’re going to end up.” Polito says administrators are up-to-date with giving out bus passes. He tells us the passes let the EMTA know where students are headed, and how many of them are on each bus.
Polito says this is the first year the district provides free bus passes to every high schooler more than two miles from the school. He tells us after this week, things will be a lot smoother for parents and students.
We reached out to EMTA several times today for their take on the bussing issues, but did not hear back.