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Wake Transportation Leaders Discuss Bus Stop Safety

Posted May 22, 2007

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— Wake County school board members are expected to discuss bus stop safety at a meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting comes a month after 12-year-old Anusha Vasudeva, a seventh-grader at Ligon Middle School, was struck and killed by a minivan outside the Ridgemont subdivision while trying to cross the road to catch a bus.

After the accident, parents and town leaders asked the school system to move the bus stops. Their request was approved and now the kids board the buses in the subdivision, instead of Morrisville-Carpenter Road.

The process of locating stops and reviewing parents petitions for change will be under the microscope during a presentation at noon for school board members.


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  • Another Perspective May 22, 2007

    The Wake County school board has claimed that they look at each request and have to find a balance between bus stop safety and timing concerns. If kids were not bussed past their local neighborhood school, past three other nearby schools only to reach their final destination 15 miles away…maybe timing wouldn’t be such a concern. Why would any person think that a bus stop on Morrisville-Carpenter Road was safe? It is a shame that it took the death of a little girl to make this board see the error of their ways.

  • Hevans1012 May 22, 2007

    I feel for anyone that has a child picked up on a busy highway/road. IMO it's because Wake Co. is so strapped on time & bus personnel that they put these stops convenient for the driver. I have asked for Wakefield Transportation to change my daughter's afternoon drop off after being followed home. Guess what? No response and no change.

  • Redjc May 22, 2007

    Busy/Main highways are no place for a bus stop for children. Parents should not have to drive to the bus stop and hold their children's hand to cross the street to board the bus. The parents might as well drive their kids to school. Bus stops should be in subdivisions where the traffic is not so congested and folks are driving more cautiously. Once folks are driving on the main highways/roads it's SPEEDING, TAILGATING, WEAVING IN & OUT OF LANES, etc. People are in such a hurry to get to work, get to appointments, or wherever they are going in the morning and afternoon commute. Bus stops should NOT be on these busy roads because these roads are more at risk of killing children. Yes, no road is 100% safe but we can reduce the statistics of child death by motor vehicle by keeping the bus stops in subdivisions and off main highways.

  • NCSarah May 22, 2007

    It is very sad that a tragedy has to happen in order for eyes to be opened.

  • chance May 22, 2007

    EXTREMELY WELL SAY NOT-SO-DUMB! Parents complained for years that bus stop in Morrisville was unsafe and it fell on deaf ears. Nothing was done until tragedy struck this poor little girl and her family. Many times the school bus transportation department causes the problem. My son had to cross a busy road at 6:00 in the morning (while dark in the winter time). Ironically, the bus drove right past our subdivision entrance, turned around and then picked my son up on the other side of the street. I complained but nobody at transportation would do anything about it. I also complained to DOT regarding the lack of street lights since bus transportation refused to change the pick up spot. DOT finally added lights a little over a year later. If anything had happened to my son, his blood would solely be on the hands of the Wake County School Board and the Bus Department.

  • Not_So_Dumb May 22, 2007

    hondaman - "Bottom line-- parents just need to make sure their kids are safe--" Agreed. And the school system needs to respond when parents say they are not. No more five-year paper trails of concerns being ignored. You are absolutely right, it is the parents' responsibility, we just need a system that doesn't hinder them in their actions.

  • WhatIsTheDrama May 22, 2007

    I couldn't agree with you more, Hondaman! Well said!!

  • superman May 22, 2007

    While it is true some bus stops are more dangerous than others, we should all remember than buses, cars and trucks are on the highway. There are no safe bus stops --- even in a subdivision stops are dangerous-- cars park on both sides of the streets. A child run between two cars without looking to catch the bus and the same thing will happen again. The street in a subdivision is usually only made for two way traffic and not for cars parked along the street which makes the traffic one way. Bottom line-- parents just need to make sure their kids are safe--