Proposed bus routes include Hwy 401 use

IROQUOIS – If the proposed school closures become reality here in South Dundas, busing officials say that student bus rides will remain under the 60 minute guideline to which the Upper Canada District School Board strives to adhere.

They would meet that target through the addition of six buses locally.

Some routes would require travel on Highway 401 and Highway 416 to stay under that 60 minute average.

Lisa Waldroff, operations manager for Student Transportation Eastern Ontario, attended last week’s Accommodation Review Committee working meeting at Seaway District High School to answer the group’s questions.

The ARC members attending the meeting were told that if Morrisburg Public School and Iroquois Public School amalgamate, the average ride for a student would be about the same as it is now, within a few minutes of the 43 or 44 minute average.

Waldroff estimated that the route from Riverside Heights to South Grenville District High School would be about 47 minutes.

When questions arose about the impact of the carbon tax on busing costs, ARC chair, superintendent Tim Mills answered, “Transportation is funded.”