Wake County Schools

Wake schools cut bus stops, routes

Posted August 18, 2014

— Wake County students will walk further to bus stops this traditional school year as the Wake County Public Schools System cuts school bus routes and stops to improve the efficiency of its transportation system, the district announced Monday.

School busses will travel 116 fewer routes and make 4,000 fewer stops than last school year, said the district, which also outlined maximum walking distances to bus stops:

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

With 21,000 stops, most students will not be affected, officials said. 

"It is going to affect some families, but the stops are pretty much in the same place," said Bill Poston, Wake schools spokesperson.

Parents can visit the district’s bus routes page for more information.

The cuts come as the district expects 3,000 more students and has a need for more bus drivers.

"Even through we're gaining students, we're making do with less," Superintendent Jim Merrill said.

Other changes to the district’s transportation plan include:

  • Some express stops for application and magnet schools have been relocated to community centers and other schools.
  • Families who want their children dropped off at a before or after school provider, or students not eligible for transportation, can now apply for school bus service. The district will review requests 30 days after the first day of school and may adjust routes to serve those students.

“The changes mean the transportation department can use the same number of buses and drivers to serve the thousands of additional students who enrolled in school this year,” the district said in a statement. “They were able to provide this service despite further state cuts to the school system transportation budget.”


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  • jkc31993 Aug 26, 2014

    My daughter was eligible for bus transportation to and from her magnet school last year and now this year she is no longer eligible for transportation.......not sure how that works

  • LETS DIVE Aug 25, 2014

    where is the outrage from the lefties? isn't this why we ran off tedesco and margiota? HYPOCRITES !!!!!!

  • Paul Donovan Aug 25, 2014
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    When I was a kid we didn't even have school bus service. We could get a reduced rate on the city buses if we wanted to do that. I used to walk over 3 miles to high school. I don't think having to walk a half mile is going to kill any middle or high school kid. It might actually do them good.

  • davmci29 Aug 25, 2014

    First day of school... was an unbelievable
    CLUSTER:$#^. Way to go WCPS. What's this 3 yrs in a row of unprecedented incompetence?

  • tbg0519 Aug 20, 2014

    Here's a solution to fund all the schools. Abolish child tax credits on the state income tax forms. Put 100% of that revenue to pay for buses, teachers, TAs, etc. Shouldn't those people who are reaping the benefits have a stake in the game?

  • Sweedz24 Aug 19, 2014

    This is not about "soft parenting" or "making our children exercise" This is a safety issue. As a mother, I do not want my middle school aged child to walk .5 miles to catch the bus because it's not safe. Everyone do me a favor and look on the child sex offender website and let me know how comfortable you are letting your child walk that far to catch the bus.

  • Tracy Watson Aug 19, 2014
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    So what your saying is that you leave your child alone and they get themselves on the bus? Your response makes no sense. Get them into before care then and drive them to school if you're going to be at work...then they won't take the bus. Problem solved.

  • theliberadicator Aug 19, 2014

    "any parent should be able to get their kids to school in the morning. it's hard for parents to get their kids in the afternoon because of work."

    That would be a good start to saving big dollars, but I think they should go beyond that. Any parent that really wants their kids publicly educated should be responsible for all of the transportation costs. If you can't provide it yourself then you can pay an additional fee/tax to cover the cost. If that doesn't work for you then you can do all of the driving.

    How would that be for a compromise?

    Then we could pay teachers and TA's what they well deserve and maybe even buy the tissues, instead of begging for them.

  • ChEPhD Aug 19, 2014

    With the current assignment plan of shipping children across the county rather than sending each child to his or her closest school, the school transportation system is very inefficient. Reducing stops and combining routes is an effort to at least partially offset that inefficiency. We can't have it all!

  • Classified Aug 19, 2014

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    That's pretty pathetic if a third to a half mile is "so far". And we wonder why kids are in the sorry shape they're in. SMH