Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's Be Careful Out There: Students, Teachers Join the Morning Commute

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

A lot more traffic filled area roadways Monday morning, as tens of thousands of students and educators joined the early morning commute. Police were out in force and flashers have been activated near many of schools.

But two bad accidents made a number of people late for work and school today. 

One, a six-car wreck, blocked two lanes of Interstate 84 near Meridian Road.

Another, a bad accident between a motorcycle and car blocked a Nampa I-84 on-ramp.

Nampa and Meridian schools opened for a new semester last week; and early today, some 87 principals and assistant principals in the Boise District welcomed approximately 26,000 school kids back to class, with 150 school buses rolling across the Boise School District, transporting students who live more than a mile-and-a-half from their home school.

"When you let your kids out your door, you don't see them until the end of the day and transportation is a big part of that," said Lanette Daw, the woman in charge of transportation for the Boise Independent School District.

In the current issue of BW, Daw said First Student, one of the nation's biggest school transportation providers, recently secured a new five-year contract with Boise, costing about $7 million a year.

"From our perspective, the bus company's expertise is transportation; it's more cost effective for them to hire drivers and mechanics and purchase and maintain the buses," she said.

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