PPS helps households with $300 a month in gentle of cancelled buses

A gaggle of Lincoln Excessive Faculty college students walks from MAX to high school Monday morning.

Portland Public Colleges (PPS) is providing $300 a month of “transportation help” to households of scholars impacted by long-term cancellation of sure college bus routes.

College students at Lincoln and Benson Excessive Colleges obtained emails late Friday afternoon confirming that PPS had suspended a complete of 13 routes (5 routes serving Benson and eight routes serving Lincoln) due to a region-wide driver scarcity. Directors selected to prioritize youthful college students and college students receiving Particular Training providers in deciding on which routes to chop. The Lincoln e mail additional famous that Lincoln and Benson “had been the one two PPS excessive colleges receiving bus route service” and that “College students on the different district excessive colleges do not need bus service.” (Learn the full letter to the LHS group.)

The Lincoln letter went on to counsel different transportation choices together with: 1) close by parking tons, 2) a pair west-of-the-hills Park & Rides, and three) a third-party “Carpool to Faculty” app for which the district is not going to settle for accountability.

PPS highschool college students obtain a TriMet emblem on their pupil identification card which permits them to trip the bus or MAX freed from cost in the course of the college 12 months. Prior to now, college students out of the TriMet service vary obtained yellow bus service to high school. Lincoln’s pupil catchment boundary runs from north of the St. Johns Bridge to south of OHSU (a distance of about 10 miles), and from the river to the west slope of the Tualatin Hills. College students residing within the far reaches qualify for yellow bus service.

Benson Excessive Faculty has quickly situated to the distant Marshall Excessive Faculty campus throughout renovation of their constructing. A few of these college students additionally qualify for yellow bus service due to their distance from Marshall.

I suspected that the cancellation of those routes may be inflicting snarls of Uber and Lyft drop-offs, and site visitors jams of reluctant dad and mom chauffeuring their kids. However after I stopped by the Lincoln campus early this morning, I used to be shocked to seek out what seemed just like the orderly starting of one other week.

[TriMet acts quickly to fix back-to-school bus crowding]

It appeared like most college students took the MAX. A number of of them instructed me that they lived close to Skyline Blvd and drove or had been pushed to MAX stations west of the hills. In different phrases, any automotive commuting was taking place outdoors of downtown Portland. One father I spoke with was not a cheerful camper, he had simply dropped off a carpool of 4 college students and agreed with me that it was “a pain-in-the-ass.” I requested concerning the $300 verify and he instructed me he had not obtained it but.

I’m conscious that I talked to a biased pattern of scholars who had arrived to high school on time. Both our transportation system is extra strong than I had given it credit score for, or I used to be not reaching the households which can be most-burdened by the bus route cancellations. However I didn’t discover the gridlock I anticipated round Lincoln, which is particularly stunning provided that Salmon avenue is presently blocked off resulting from building of the brand new campus on the nook of 18th.

In case your Benson or Lincoln household has a yellow-bus cancellation story to share, please contact me or write a remark.

Lisa Caballero

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