Students at Roper Elementary School no longer have to walk four blocks north on South Coddington Avenue or five blocks west on West South Street to board StarTran buses on West A route 51.
The stop on West South Street is also frequented by work release inmates, which created a situation where elementary students and work release people and their visitors were intermixed.
When Citizens For Improved Transit (CFIT) became aware of this issue, CFIT contacted Dr. Lynn Fuller, Roper School principal, and helped develop a plan of action. CFIT made a formal request for service to create a new designated bus stop on the northwest corner of South Coddington and West South nearer the school. Fuller, her staff and concerned parents of Roper students signed a petition to support the service request.
StarTran agreed with the request and placed a new designated bus stop sign across from Roper Elementary in mid-October.
With winter weather coming, the students will not have to walk four to five blocks to catch a bus.
Any other schools experiencing a problem with the positioning of bus stops too far from the school are urged to call Richard Schmeling, CFIT president, at 402-853-9537.