EUGENE, OR – There have been concerns from working mothers of Eugene students concerning the lack of school bus services. Like Shantel Asman whose two boys attend Charlemagne Elementary. One is in first and the other is in third grade. However, getting them to school isn’t always easy.
“It is definitely challenging when I’m working and have to stop and take them to school. Or when I must stop mid-day to pick them up,” stated Asman.
However, starting this month, Asman’s children and all other Eugene students will have the option of free bus rides to school. Additionally, Lane Transit District representative Pat Walsh says this option will go into effect for two years. However, it is only for kindergarten through 12th graders.
In addition to free bus rides to school, Walsh says this new initiative also includes the weekends. This means, whether students are attending school, afterschool activities, sporting events, or work, free bus rides will be offered to them seven days a week.
In order to take advantage of the opportunity, all students must do is simply tell the driver they’re a student. Not to mention, homeschool students also qualify for free bus rides. As a result, many parents, including Asman believe this could be the perfect solution for students and busy parents.
In the same manner, Asman also suggests being able to ride with students a few times and implementing a buddy system.
Therefore, parents will have the opportunity to ride for free for the entire month of September as well.
According to the Lane Transit District, the goal is to have students be able to go anywhere and not be hindered by access issues.
Consequently, LTD partnered with the school district to make the program possible. It is also funded by Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund.