I remember when I was a kid heading to kindergarten, I walked over 5 blocks to school.
In Third Grade, had to walk a mile to the bus stop.
What does it cost to start and stop a standard diesel-powered school bus?
How long do the brakes last and what is the annual cost to maintain a school bus? What is the stiker price on a new bus?
I know last year I spent $700 on new brakes and roters for my old F250, I am guessing a bus’ brakes are a little more.
We put video cameras at stop lights, why not at bus stops, if security of the children is a reason for curbside service. I am even up for bringing home our troops and posting an armed Marine at the bus stop to protect the kids. That should also cut back on bullying and help with military recruitment.
And we wonder why childhood obesity is on the rise. Maybe a little walk in the morning and the afternoon is just what the doctor ordered.
Do not get me wrong, I belive we should ensure our children get the best, but are we setting them up for success or failure with current busing practices?
This is just some thoughts from a small business owner and grateful tax payer who gets stuck behind a many school buses daily, while trying to “Improve the landscape of Hampton Roads, one yard at a time” and wonder how his tax dollars are being spent.