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Alder Denise DeMarb

Alder Denise DeMarb,
Council President Pro Tem

Home Address:
6010 Fredericksburg Lane


Phone: 608-358-3195
district16@cityofmadison.com
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Question on Metro Buses used for School kids at my recent budget discussion -

July 20, 2014 4:31 PM

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Last week I held my first discussion on the City budget - it was great to hear what folks are thinking, what they see as opporuntuties and challenges in the District and the City.  A big THANKS:) to those who came and shared their thougths with me.

One of the topics discussed was Metro buses used to transport kids to and from school.  I thought this topic would be of interest to a wide audience and so I am including the Q questions asked during the discussion and A answers given, from Chuck Kamp - Director of Madison Metro.

1-Q) Why are City buses used to take middle and high school kids to school, instead of school buses?
1-A) Many communities, including Madison,  find the city bus more cost effective than yellow bus. Also, by middle and high school, kids are going to after-school activities on the city bus, so it is a way to learn important life-skills.  We have to open our buses to the general public to qualify for federal funding, so we emphasize the city buses to school are for everyone, not exclusively for students.

2-Q) Parents are concerned about bullying on the buses, they are requesting an attendant on for these buses, have you spoken of the need for attendants on buses?
2-A) We have talked to the school district about this and several other ideas. So far, no funding mechanism has been identified to supply an attendant exclusively on all the buses to school (there are 40+ during the school year). Many of the city buses (beyond the 40+) go by schools too and are also heavily used by students. The #6, for example goes by several MMSD schools and carries over 100,000 school rides per year.

3) Can anyone ride buses designated for schools or are they only for school kids?
3) Anyone can use a bus. The federal phrase for this is "common carrier" and so we allow all riders, subject to our behavior policy. We have worked very closely with the police and school district, especially over the past 5 or so years, to work to improve security on buses. We have a group called "4M" with staff from the Mayor's office, Metro, MMSD, and MPD to work on these issues.

 

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this lovely summer weather!

Denise

 





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