Jeff Goodenbour: Keeping kids safe |

Jeff Goodenbour: Keeping kids safe

Jeff Goodenbour

So another student was struck by a vehicle near the high school. Someone help me out: Why doesn’t the Summit Stage bus just pull into the school? How much longer will we imperil our children? Will we wait until someone is killed? You always hear Summit Stage talking about how hard it is to meet their schedule, but isn’t this more important? If you consider that unloading and loading times will be the same, then the only difference is the time it takes to drive around the high school’s circle plus traffic lights. You can make that drive in two minutes if there is lots of traffic. If you miss the light both times, add another minute. When the bus makes it to the transfer center, there is typically a 6- to 10-minute delay before the bus departs. So, this sounds like a simple solution to me.

Summit Stage is funded by our tax dollars, so make them do what is safe. Don’t spend money on another bus stop shack, the kids can wait at the school’s portico. Maybe the bus only takes this alternate route during school hours. As a side note, pedestrians should not have the right of way on a highway with 50 mph speed limits. They should cross when the traffic signal tells them to. Finally, this is not a dig on the Summit Stage. They do a great job, doing what they do, with not enough money.

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