Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 17, 2013

Bad roads limit bus access


She estimated her grandchildren will have to leave at 4:30 a.m. to reach the stop by the time the bus arrives at 6 a.m.

“There’s no sidewalks,” Gindin said. “It’s a mess. Our kids are going to get run over at night.”

Dave Conn doesn’t have children who attend TCAPS, but he worried about the resale value of his Hoosier Valley Road home.

“If there is no bus service down here, it would be about impossible to sell the house,” Conn said.

Soma said the district can’t consider factors like home values when planning bus routes, and said it’s up to parents to make sure their children safely arrive at bus stops.

Cook said he will drive his son to the bus stop when it’s moved to Vance Road, but he added not all parents, including those who work early morning shifts, can do that.

TCAPS officially will announce the route change during a 6 p.m. meeting today at the district’s Cass Road transportation building.



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