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School parking fee hike causes bus ridership spike

Not sure if the buses got this bad, but Bainbridge students did have to get cozy during the first days of school.

Looks like a very, very large parking fee increase at the high school may have caused the record-breaking busing boom.

Read on for the full story….

While you’re at it, check out island mom/blogger Tamara Sellman’s post on the district’s overcrowded buses. Sellman believes increasing bus ridership may lead to good things, including fewer “mommy chauffeurs and ‘greener’ kids.”

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BI schools struggling with overloaded buses

The Bainbridge Island School District is today attempting to fix problems with overloading on school buses.

I’m still waiting to discuss the issue with the district, but spokeswoman Pam Keyes explained in an email today that “the increased number of students on the secondary level runs is historically unprecedented and therefore unexpected.”

The district has recently consolidated some bus stops to save money on rising transportation costs. Changes in locations and schedules, and the unexpected crowding has frustrated some parents.

I’ll post a story when I learn more. In the meantime, I’d like to hear parents’ experiences. How has busing worked for your family so far this school year?