Save School Bus Service in Orinda

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We petition the Lamorinda School Bus Transportation Agency to reject the recommendations in the flawed "safety" study, and instead continue to provide vital school bus service on current routes so that our children have safe, reliable, and accessible transportation to and from school.
 
The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road and the safest way to get our children to school.  The school bus also benefits every member of our community by decreasing traffic congestion on Camino Pablo and Moraga Way and at our schools, maintaining property values in affected neighborhoods, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and providing our children with a beloved and beneficial opportunity for independence and social interaction.

Yet despite these benefits - and despite the absence of any significant problems with the existing school bus service - the LSBTA commissioned a consultant study which recommended the elimination of certain current Orinda school bus routes because the bus allegedly makes occasional, technical violations of the vehicle code (such as sometimes crossing double yellow lines). But the study fails to acknowledge the realities of living in a semi-rural community where roads are often narrow, and where the alternatives to school bus service are far less safe.  Eliminating school bus service will add scores of vehicles to our roads during the morning and afternoon commute-and worse, force children to walk along narrow, poorly lit roads with no sidewalks or crosswalks.

The proposed alternative, group bus stops up to two miles away from current stops, will either force children to walk treacherous stretches of road that lack pedestrian safeguards or require parents to drive children to the bus stop - decreasing safety and/or increasing congestion and pollution. LSBTA must maintain school bus service to all current riders in a way that does not eliminate the safety and other benefits the bus provides to the entire community.  Please help us save our school bus!



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