I wanted to inform all of the schools that I spent the last two days trailing two primary routes (2:45 pm & 3:00 pm) to see what the difficulties our vendors are dealing with in connecting to the 4:00 pm routes.
In both cases, Bnos esther Malka and Bnos Devorah, the students were let out on time and the bus left on time.
We were delayed at the following intersections;
Turning left from Chestnut to New Hampshire for 8 minutes,
Pine and MLK for 25 minutes,
Turning left from New Hampshire to Ridge for 8 minutes,
Cedarbridge and Main St. for 7 minutes,
and the list goes on and on.
I was joined by Menashe Miller on my travels. I very much appreciate that he joined, as it was a very educational and informative experience. We are discussing ways of possibly placing Lakewood police offices at key intersections as well as elongating some traffic lights at those key intersections.
This issue will not resolve itself. This is a fact on the ground that we all have to deal with. It’s very possible that a primary run cannot tier with a 4:00 pm dismissal and then we would need a 25% increase in the amount of busses servicing Lakewood.
There are a few possible options I’m thinking about;
Maybe we need to change the 4:00 pm and 4:45 pm dismissals to 4:15 pm and 5:00 pm to reflect the reality of the roads.
Alternatively, make the primary dismissals 15 minutes earlier.
I also wanted all to know that the vendors have split many routes on their own dime to make this work and at this point they don’t have any more busses available to split other routes with.
I am sharing with you what I have seen over the last few days and I invite any feedback or ideas.
Avraham Krawiec, head of the LTSA