(News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school district combining Jingle Pot-NDSS area bus routes

Busing changes take effect for 2019-20 school year

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is en route to combining bus trips for the Jingle Pot Road-Nanaimo District Secondary School area in time for the 2019-20 school year.

From September to December, Nanaimo school district staff conducted an evaluation of regular bus routes, examining those with less than 50 per cent ridership, according to a staff report. Dave Prevost, district manager of transportation, told trustees at their last business committee meeting that a route servicing Jingle Pot Road to NDSS, which has had low ridership for years, will be consolidated with one servicing Jingle Pot to Mountain View School.

“For NDSS, it would go straight out to Andres Road, stopping at Shady Mile (Way) and such and come back through Allsop Road, picking up along the way back into Mountain View School down to NDSS,” Prevost said.

He said NDSS students are actually positively affected by this, through ride times, while Mountain View students, 81 per cent of whom are courtesy riders (live out of catchment or within district defined walk limits) will retain a large part of their service.

“They’re affected with increased ride times and earlier morning pickup times. Afternoon times stay about the same,” said Prevost

Prevost said the estimated savings would be $5,000 annually and there will be a staffing position lost.

Trustee Greg Keller asked if students currently taking the bus would still have the ability to get rides, albeit at adjusted times; Prevost said there is sufficient capacity for NDSS and Mountain View students together and confirmed that it is a time change, not a service level change.

The school district said letters and e-mails will be sent to affected families.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo students press for action on climate change

Strike for Climate was held again Friday; students feel their concerns aren’t being taken seriously

Bus loop will now remain in downtown Nanaimo until the end of the year

Shelters installed at temporary Port Drive/Front Street transit exchange

Nanaimo kindergarten teacher receives Prime Minister’s award

Departure Bay Eco-School’s Liz McCaw use of experiential learning methods earns her accolade

Nanaimo man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

James Farkas breaks hip in fall from beach cliff, returns months later to save eagle on same beach

Nanaimo athletes win Island track and field championships

Every Nanaimo high school was represented at last week’s event

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Beefs & Bouquets, May 23

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Students get a look at some of the City of Nanaimo’s inner workings

Hundreds of students participate in Public Works Day

City of Nanaimo announces winner of street banner design contest

Amy Pye’s artwork shows people living in harmony with the ocean and nature

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

B.C. port workers set to strike on Monday in Vancouver

A strike at two container terminals would affect Canadian trade to Asia

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

Most Read