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Old 05-24-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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There are students now who ride CATS to charter schools. As another mentioned, CATS is likely more safe than a CMS bus with rowdy unsupervised middle and high schoolers. It is all in the perspective, but the use of CATS may very well be a safe, affordable and appropriate method of transportation for some students. My fear, however, is that kids in high poverty areas will be the tests cases even though kids in Eastover, Dilworth and other more affluent and CATS accessible areas could also use CATS.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:07 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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There is school systems in the U.S. that charge students to ride the school bus

Douglas County votes to charge fees for school-bus rides - The Denver Post
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I rode the city bus to school; yes, I did pay, but, it was a reduced fare. Think that it would be an excellent idea to reduce the budget...
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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Sounds like a good plan, I think they are looking at only highschoolers are this point.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I bet students are more likely to be attacked/bullied by one of their own classmates while riding a school bus.
Good point!
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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When I was in grammer school I walked 1 mile, up a hill, no scholl buses, needles to say in the winter when ice storms hit there was no school and in H.S. I rode the city bus starting at 13. Nothing wrong with H.S. kids riding buses, it might make them feel more responsible and feel like an adult.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:40 AM
 
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Considering my CATS bus is standing room only every day, I would hope they would add routes where necessary, however, that would be CATS additional expense without revenue benefit. (Unless the school system shares $ or there is are offsetting budget $ between CATS and the school system.)
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I think that is a wonderful idea! I have a friend in California who said she rode the city bus since middle school. I was really amazed and thought, "Man, why can't we have that here??"

I was a school bus rider since grade school and I hated being bullied by other kids and kids who were selfish enough to pretend to sleep so that no one can sit with them and magically wakes up once the bus starts moving. I want to cry thinking about my kids if they have no option but to ride school buses.

Like someone said before, learning to ride the city bus when young, will encourage them to ride the city bus in their future, thus, helping the environment ^_^
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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An added plus to this idea is that there is one less excuse for students to cut class. City busses keep running and there will be another within 20 minutes on most routes. You can't say "oops I missed the bus".
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