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APS to add hundreds of bus stops following community outcry

1:00 AM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- After days of protests, meetings, a rally and emotional pleas from parents, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has announced hundreds of additional bus stops district-wide.

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The district will add 49 buses to their fleet, 25 crossing guards and 850 bus stops to modify the system's existent transportation plan. 

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In a release from APS, the district states that they have "implemented a plan to ensure that all students travel to and from their schools in a safe and efficient manner." 

The revisions are expected to cost the district $2.8 million.

The change comes after parents appealed to school board members and superintendent Erroll Davis to add stops in their area. They claimed their children were walking through dangerous neighborhoods to get to school.

The district initially cut 1400 school bus stops district-wide in an effort to save money.

Parents will be notified of the changes Friday through robo-calls, emails and the APS website.

A list of specific route changes was not immediately available, but district spokesman Keith Bromery said many of the new stops will be in Vine City, Mechanicsville and Peoplestown neighborhoods.

The release from APS also said the district would work with state organizations to improve the areas around schools and work on "the root causes" of potential danger: "crime, over-grown vegetation on lots, abandoned buildings and stray animals."

The revamped plan will be implemented over the next several weeks Starting Friday, parents can check Atlanta Public Schools online for more information. 

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