For over a decade, Safe Routes to School programs have been working to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. For students who live too far to walk or bike, school buses provide a valuable service, helping families get children to school without the use of a private vehicle. In some communities, the public transportation system is playing a role in student transportation as well, reducing traffic around schools and increasing active transportation on the trip to school, while also teaching students life-long transportation skills.
This webinar features presentations from two school districts that recently transitioned from yellow bus service to public transit passes for older students. While you may assume that the reason for this switch is cost savings, cost is not always the motivation. Speakers discuss why and how the switch was made, highlighting lessons learned and successful strategies that can serve as learning points for other communities.