RALEIGH — Transportation routes and bus stops for about 55,000 traditional calendar students were posted this week as Wake County families prepare for the first day of school Aug. 24. Families are encouraged to review their stop online at www.wcpss.net/transportation before school begins.
As part of a continuing effort to efficiently deliver students to school, some bus routes are being consolidated. Bus stops have been centrally located within neighborhoods.
Wake County bus drivers are scheduled to make 25,000 stops serving 171 schools.
Transportation officials began planning for the new school year in May when families of eligible students received a postcard asking them to update bus service needs. That information was then combined with new student needs and the removal of students who left the school system to create this year’s routes and stops.
Most of the district’s 80,000 bus riders will be served with neighborhood stops, although some schools use express runs.
Express runs require parents to transport children to and from a location such as a nearby school that is not within walking distance of a student’s home.
Transportation continues to prioritize neighborhood transportation, getting students from their homes to school and back, and providing on-time morning delivery to school.
The Transportation Department will begin accepting requests for bus stop changes after the 20th day of school when ridership settles into fully predictable patterns. Those requests can include service to locations other than a student’s home, such as before or after school care. The changes will be granted only if there is room on the desired bus and current routes are not changed.