Alberta Student Transportation System Requires Revamp for Efficiency and Safety

The Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), in its three year strategic plan, has identified student transportation as one of its three advocacy priorities for 2007-2010. The purpose of that report is to briefly describe Alberta’s student transportation system and the key issues that it is facing as a support to the transportation advocacy initiatives of the ASBA and individual school boards. Since that time, the Alberta Government has addressed the issue by means of public policy found here http://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr/10ptplan.aspx that states, "Reducing travel times for students who spend more than one hour on a bus will help improve the school experience. A trial project in one school division will identify bus route efficiencies and improve transportation services. Another trial will look at enabling students to better use technology when they travel." Although the top initiative of addressing transit times appear 'checked' as to elude the problem has been addressed, students are still feeling impacts with over 90+ and upwards of 110+ min one way transit times to arrive to/from school within a mere 5km from their residence. We ask the public in general to support our initiative to ensure the Alberta Government maintains it's promise to reduce transit times for all students across the province by means of collaborative and measured approaches that ensure transparency of an issue that is plaguing the safety and health of students.

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