Establish a morning, Western Avenue, "Day Tripper" bus to Hackett Middle School

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Background:

CDTA currently operates a once-a-day, special, "Day Tripper" or "School Tripper" bus that picks up Hackett Middle School students immediately after school and drops them off along Madison and Western Avenue. The bus is identified and listed as the 114, but does not travel along the same path as the "normal" 114 route. This bus route is heavily used by students and has no other riders.

There is no comparable bus for those same students to get to school in the morning despite the increased stress of arriving on time to school, navigating heavier, commuter traffic and colder, morning, winter temperatures. Students living near Western Avenue and west of Allen Street have to choose between two undesirable morning routes:

  • The 763 bus route schedule drops passengers off near Lark Street on Madison avenue at either 7:00am or after 7:40am. The early bus is a full 30 minutes before the school building opens requiring students to endure harsh weather without shelter. The second bus leaves inadequate time for students to walk the remaining two blocks and through security before school begins at 7:50am and denies them any opportunity to partake in school breakfast.
  • The 10 bus route requires students to disembark at Lark and Central – one of the busiest intersections in the city – and either transfer to the very-full 18 bus route or walk an additional half a mile to school down city streets.

Both (on-time) routes require the more distant students to embark over an hour before school starts.

Proposal:

CDTA should establish a “Day Tripper” bus for weekday morning traffic that is approximately the reverse of the current, afternoon, 114 limited service route. This new route would start at the Western-Homestead stop at approximately 7:00 am and end at the Delaware-Park Ave (Hackett Middle School) stop at approximately 7:30am.

Statement:

I believe the proposed CDTA “Day Tripper” bus route would be a useful addition to current routes, and members of my household would be likely to utilize it.



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