Article: Sacramento Students Encouraged by Forum about Transportation Needs
March 15, 2012 | THE SACRAMENTO BEE
Students from four Sacramento high schools received some encouragement today that their transportation needs will be taken to heart by school district and Regional Transit officials.
Shaundra Johnson, community organizer for Sacramento Area Congregations Together, said approximately 70 students from Sacramento, American Legion, McClatchy and Hiram Johnson high schools attended a forum this afternoon to discuss student concerns about the Regional Transits renewal plan, which will go before the Sacramento Regional Transit board April 9.
Students seek increased frequency of key bus routes during student commutes times, improved safety and a process that allows students to have more input on Regional Transit planning.
Johnson said Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, and Mike Wiley, RT general manager, agreed to work with students to form some type of student input group. Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer also agreed to advocate for more frequent service on bus Routes 51 and 68, which serve most of the students who commute to the high schools.
Because of recent budget cuts, school buses for middle schools and high schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District have been eliminated. Johnson said students have indicated in surveys that they have been late or missed school because of inadequate capacity or timing of RT buses.
Johnson said students plan to attend a March 26 RT hearing to advocate for improved transit service.