Bus Transportation Service Review

NEW – Bus Transportation Service Questionnaire (March 22 – April 12, 2019)

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Overview

APS  buses make more than 400 trips each morning and afternoon transporting thousands of students from approximately 2,500 stops to and from school each day.  Our buses also provide transportation for field trips and other school-based activities.  As the school system has grown and changed, APS transportation challenges have also increased.

This Spring, APS is conducting a review of our service, policies and procedures to help create a long-term vision for our bus transportation system and find new solutions to safely deliver our students to school on time and ready to learn. This Bus Transportation Services Review is being led by the Dept. of Multimodal Transportation Planning  and will include several community engagement activities to gather input and ideas from APS stakeholders.

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback about their experiences with APS bus transportation and share their thoughts on opportunities to address challenges we face.  Whether your student currently rides a bus or you would like to know how bus eligibility is determined, or your student used to ride the bus or may ride the bus in the future, we’d like to hear from you.

School Board action on the policy update is planned Fall 2019, and some changes to bus transportation service may be implemented in the 2019-20 school year. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Background

Since APS last reviewed its Transportation Policy E-5 and Policy Implementation Procedure (PIP) E-5 PIP-1 on yellow bus transportation in 2005, both APS and the County have grown and changed dramatically, ultimately impacting APS’ transportation services. Specifically, there are ongoing challenges related to:

  • Enrollment growth
  • Budgets
  • Staffing
  • Traffic congestion

Throughout Spring 2019, APS will engage the community on ways to creatively, effectively and efficiently address the challenges, identify opportunities, and develop a policy and PIPs to support a more efficient and successful transportation service.

Community Engagement Opportunities

The APS community will have opportunities to engage with staff and share their thoughts and ideas on bus transportation matters through the following methods:

  • Public community workshops
  • Online questionnaire
  • PTA presentations and school-based meetings
  • Pop-ups at school activities

Engagement Timeline

Date and Time Activity Location 
Mon., March 25, (7-9 p.m.) Community Workshop Wakefield HS cafeteria (1325 S Dinwiddie St.)
Wed., March 27, (7-9 p.m.) Community Workshop Yorktown HS cafeteria (5200 Yorktown Blvd)
Wed., April 3, (7-9 p.m.) Community Workshop Washington-Lee HS cafeteria (1301 N Stafford St.)
Sat., April 6, (10 a.m. -Noon) Community Workshop  Patrick Henry ES Gym (701 S Highland St.)
March 22 – April 12 Community Questionnaire Online

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