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Morrisville Asks Schools to Move Bus Stops Off 8 Highways

Posted April 19, 2007

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— Morrisville town leaders and parents want Wake school officials to move a school bus stop where a girl was killed last week and seven others.

The town board voted Thursday evening to ask the county Board of Education to cut down the number of stops on the busy roads on which the speed limits are 40 mph or more.

On the list of unwanted stops is on Morrisville Carpenter Road, where Anusha Vasudeva, 12, died when a minivan hit her as she was making her way to the bus.

For years, parents have argued the bus stop was putting their children's safety in jeopardy.

The other streets on the town board's list are:

  • McCrimmon Parkway
  • Church Street
  • N.C. 54 (Chapel Hill Road)
  • Morrisville Parkway
  • Davis Drive
  • Aviation Parkway
  • Airport Boulevard

The board's resolution said it supports "providing reasonably close school bus stops in safer locations, such as inside of subdivisions."

Neighbors have tried before to raise the safety issue. In 2002, they attempted to get the bus stop moved, but Wake County school leaders deemed the current location safe.

Police said the middle school student did not look both ways before crossing, but parents in the Ridgemont subdivision said last week's accident should serve as a wake-up call to Wake County school leaders.

Many of the parents want the bus stop moved into their subdivision. Over the weekend, parents went door-to-door with a petition demanding the change.

A representative with Wake County schools said the school system is reviewing parents' concerns, along with others like it in the area.


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  • Concernedmom Apr 24, 2007

    Outdoorsy - you are incorrect - my child crosses Morrisville-Carpanter Rd each morning at 6:15 to catch a bus at that stop. He is not the only child from this subdivison who does so. And I disagree with pooh - the distric should be responsible for childrens safety. As a parent I am concerned but should I have to fix what the district is overlooking? The disctrict has choosen to look the otherway on this issue for years and it has taken a tremendous tragedy for them to even consider looking into this issue.

  • WhatIsTheDrama Apr 24, 2007

    What everyone fails to see at this particular bus stop is that NO STUDENTS cross Morrisville-Carpenter Rd. to get on/off this bus. This child bus stop is not even on this bus' schedule. She was driven to this bus stop and the parent parked on the opposite side of the road to wait for the bus. This bus stop is not unsafe. It is more dangerous to have the bus slow to turn off a busy road AND turn to get back on a busy road than it is to pick up students (door-side pick ups). The fact remains that no students cross the street to board this bus.

  • poohperson2000 Apr 24, 2007

    Peace you keep saying the same things. I am telling you the parent may have been present the unfortunate day of that incident, but their are many other parents that do not do that. Get the point??

  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    Again, the parent of the child whose life was taken tragically witnessed the horror on 4/9/2007(the flashing yellow lights were on). Many citations for failure to stop for a bus stop sign were written at this stop alone! Sadly, WCPSS DOT did not deem this stop dangerous from numerous written documents, emails, and phone calls from 2002 to present. The efficiency issue was more important.

  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    Thank you Pooh-It is very difficult to cross Morrisville Carpenter Road(10 minutes on Friday!).

  • poohperson2000 Apr 22, 2007

    Peace 89
    I have seen enough comments on this topic to know parents are not staying with their kids.. Not just in Morrisville, but everywhere. I watch it happen on the way to work everyday (from Fuquay all the way into Raleigh).
    I am not saying the stops should not be looked at, I am just saying ALL parents should take the time to insure their children are picked up safely. You would be suprised to see how many kids stand out there alone.
    Again, if everyone does what is needed (even if they have to go out of their way), these tragic accidents can be avoided.

  • Peace89 Apr 21, 2007

    Yes, it is the parent’s responsibility to stand up for what is right, Safety!

  • Peace89 Apr 21, 2007

    The schools also have an overwhelming carpool issue. Again, parents do not drop their kids off. There are always parents supervising! Additionally, it is ridiculous that some buses pick up/drop off children at their door (this is the same WCPSS/DOT?) in this same subdivision, while others have to cross a dangerous busy road. Where is the LOGIC?

  • poohperson2000 Apr 21, 2007

    I agree in general, but if it was my kid, and I knew it was unsafe and they refused to move it, I would change my morning arrangement so it would work with out my kids being out in danger. It is a parents repsonsibility to do these things. Not saying they should not be moved, just saying people should be responsible for their kids until they step on the bus, then they are the schools responsibility. Door to door is unresaonable, and I think finding other spots are going to be a problem. Especially if people in the subdivisions complain about parents parking.

  • Peace89 Apr 21, 2007