Every once in a while, if I leave my house a few minutes later than usual and I end behind a school bus..ugh! It is not that I dislike children, or school buses for that matter...in fact I remember the days of riding the bus fondly.
BUT HOW MANY DAMN STOPS DOES IT TAKE TO PICK UP ALL THE KIDS ON ONE ROUTE!?!? On River St, between Maple St and Bridge St, LESS than a 1/4 Mile stretch, the school bus makes 6 stops! 6 Stops!!! Some stops are at the end of a street with a handful of kids, some at houses with 1 kid..At Old Homestead or Kylemore Dr kids gather in groups at the end of the road...shouldn't these type of group pickups be more common? Not the stop every other house strategy? I also noticed when looking at the bus routes online, there are multiple buses that cover the exact same streets / areas for the same school...can't 1 bus just pickup all the kids on the first go-around?
I know there are varying factors that go into figuring out school bus routes. But it definitely seems to be (once again) that Westford BOS is missing the bus when it comes to precision! It also seems to be that the Westford BOS could easily save a few tax/contract dollars if they took a closer look at the number of stops and buses used in town...Go Grey Ghosts!