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Wake schools add six more buses to schedule

Posted September 6, 2012

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— In its latest response to public outcry over busing complaints, the Wake County Public School System said Thursday that it will add six more buses to transportation routes Friday.

"The new additions reflect our ongoing commitment to make the situation right for our families as quickly as possible," Superintendent Tony Tata said in a statement. "We will continue taking all steps necessary to fix the problems."

The new buses will take effect Friday afternoon for routes at Apex Elementary, Apex Middle, Baucom Elementary, Laurel Park Elementary, Turner Creek Elementary and Salem Elementary schools.

Since traditional-calendar schools started last week, the district has put 27 additional buses in service after complaints of delays and other busing problems.

Earlier this year, the school system cut a dozen buses from the transportation schedule in an effort to save money.

A Wake County schools spokesman said the district's transportation department is monitoring routes and will continue making adjustments to routes, stops and schedules as necessary.


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  • happyx5 Sep 7, 2012

    Just to be clear. I live in Apex and have 4 children in school. 3 are in elementary school. The school releases at 3:45. My children have not returned home before 5:30 (leaving the school at 5:00) for the past week. One day my husband picked them up at school at 5:40. No bus. Some days they have not been picked up by any bus in the am either. The days that a bus came it was far too late to arrive at school by the bell start. We are not getting buses because "we have money", rather because WCPSS has a duty to transport my kids, as well as all children to school safely and timely. As for who is to blame; WCPSS needs to invest in a program that will lay out routes, times, stop time etc. There are far too many students involved to be cheaping it at this point.

  • As if .... Sep 7, 2012

    Chris Malone has bigger intentions than working on the school board for his constituents .He was a Wake Forest commissioner before he was voted out,and now has been voted into the state leg. as a senator, so your kids and the extra buses that are needed in the Wake Forest area ASAP are not going to happen,because he is just another Republican that can only muster lip service.

  • WhatIsTheDrama Sep 7, 2012

    Everyone seems to want to blame Tata or the Board when the real blame lies within the Transportation Department itself. They've been "selling" this brilliant plan of reducing so many buses for months now. Why wouldn't Tata and the Board believe what has been presented to them in such a We-know-What-We're-Doing fashion! They made it sound so good! Heads should roll, alright... starting with the regional managers and the directors of Transportation!

  • americaneel Sep 7, 2012

    Whiner line is busy...Call back later

  • torchhappysean Sep 7, 2012

    Here's a thought.... Maybe the school board members should take a paycut to offset the cost of the extra school buses needed to correct this problem... Oh wait... What was I thinking!!!!!

  • NiceNSmooth Sep 7, 2012

    How about Wake Forest and North Raleigh? We need more busses too!

    Agreed!!!! Now I see why that woman said Chris Malone and Tata should be ashamed of themselves at the last board meeting... and Tata admitted Eastern Wake county was not getting it's fair share but promised he would fix it... Nice way to fix it... and Malone WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR AREA?

  • Screw WrAl Sep 7, 2012

    And if I'n unhappy with the trash collection, should I just take over and deliver that to the dump also?

    Yep. Otherwise the stench will take you over!

    Now shall we start the car for you?

  • Bartmeister Sep 7, 2012

    If you're that unhappy w/ the bus schedule, why don't you try and take your kids to school?


    And if I'n unhappy with the trash collection, should I just take over and deliver that to the dump also? How about police and fire protection? All of these services are covered by the taxes we pay. It's not unreasonable to expect services that are paid for.

  • apexwhimsy Sep 7, 2012

    Deb1003, that's great, except the school and transportation dept. told us to NOT bring our kids to school or the bus stop would be eliminated. Adding the new bus did not matter, my daughter was picked up at 8:40 again..and school starts at 8:25.

  • Deb1003 Sep 7, 2012

    If you're that unhappy w/ the bus schedule, why don't you try and take your kids to school? I've done that for years, my children arrived on time, no stress about when the bus would arrive and they weren't sitting in the floor.