Changes to School Transportation Policy for the 2018 – 2019 School Year Will Not Affect Eligibility
Through review and comparison of school board transportation policies across the province, changes will be made to the joint Transportation Policy of Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay’s (STSTB) three member School Boards commencing with the 2018/2019 school year.
The adjustments will align local policies and procedures, which govern school transportation in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area serviced by STSTB with other school transportation consortia across the province.
“We regularly evaluate existing routes, policies and practices to maximize efficiencies and to minimize costs as we provide safe and reliable transportation for eligible students,’ says Craig Murphy, Manager, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay. “The changes are intended to provide a more efficient and cost effective school transportation system without affecting current eligibility for busing.”
The following changes will be in place for the 2018-19 school year:
Community Bus Stops
Bus stop locations are planned for maximum route efficiency and safety. In urban and developed rural areas where houses are clustered, priority will be given to JK students through the organization of group stop locations - where walking distances for these younger students will be minimized. Bus stops will be a minimum of 200 meters apart for Elementary students and 400 meters apart for Secondary students, with a maximum of the current established “walk to stop” distance policies.
- Bus stops in urban and developed rural areas will no longer be located on dead end streets, cul de sacs or courts, as well with restriction placements within crescents
- Rural bus stops will no longer be placed on dead end roads unless the student residing furthest from the closest crossroad is more than 500m from the crossroad, otherwise the stop will be located at the nearest crossroad
Greater Utilization of School Loading Zones
Without interfering in everyday Elementary School operations, the loading zones of these schools will be considered as transfer points, and community bus stops for all Secondary students of the same board.
Students reported as not riding the bus for 20 or more consecutive school days without a valid reason will be removed from transportation services. Students removed from transportation services for insufficient ridership can request to be reinstated, should their transportation needs change.
The updated Transportation Policy and a Transportation Overview summarizing STSTB policies, procedures and practices can be found at www.ststb.ca
Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay is an inter-board transportation consortium formed in January 2008 through an agreement between Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, Lakehead District School Board and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. The consortium provides daily transportation services to over 13,000 students on 186 school buses at 48 elementary, senior elementary and secondary schools through service contracts with two school bus operators. Our total service area covers 5,086 square kilometers with our contracted school buses travelling nearly 23,000 km every day.