Buses Running Again for Most Students; Extra Traffic Due to Carpooling

carpool day 2Though busing was restored for most Lakewood students, you can expect heavier traffic during this school year than previous years.

Under the newly-designed busing program finalized last month, the pilot program for the six largest schools in Lakewood (three boys schools and three girls schools) staggers the opening times to enable bus drivers to perform two routes instead of a single route. As a result, because of the required turnaround time, boys school openings are slightly pushed up, and girls opening times slightly pushed back.

However, children residing within .5 miles of their school are not included in the restored busing, as per the state’s demands, and are instead being carpooled, which explains the extra traffic on the roads during this first day of school.


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  1. After everyone’s hard work to enable bussing we should be applauding and not complaining.
    To #1….the first day is always hard with delays in bussing until all the kinks r worked out. Have patience and expect to be waiting longer for the first few days!
    Thanks to all those who made bussing possible this year!!!!

  2. “Children residing within .5 miles of their school are not included in the restored busing, as per the state’s demands, and are instead being carpooled.”


  3. Abe, I don’t know about you but I don’t trust my children to walk down the dangerous streets of lakewood. Where I live the speed limit is pretty high and half the streets to my kids schools are not paved!

  4. what about our morning run where the bus never showed and when the bus company was called was informed that the driver did not do the run?!!! That’s not a matter of patience, that is something WRONG!

    and what abt. our other boys (grades 2-4) that are still in their old building and are awaiting the new building classrooms to be ready for them and were told NO TRANSPORTATION- we need to carpool-without even being given a date of when to expect transportation. So expect those cars on the road as well!

  5. It should be 2 miles for no busing. Maybe schools shouldn’t be put where there are no sidewalks. That’s a no brainer.
    A HALF of a mile? Come on.

  6. To the writer who says two miles should be the standard. I live right off of Route 9. I am just recently starting letting my almost 10 year old cross side streets off of Route 9. Her walk to school would probably be about 1.5 miles with many, many crossing of side streets off of the 9. I don’t let her even walk further than a neighbor ALONE only with a sibling. How exactly should she walk to school?
    I’m not a crazy overprotective parent. But the cars turning on and off the 9 are going very fast.

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