To the editor:
First, regarding the annual school budget crisis, I recommend a re-thinking of the bus monitor program.
Most of us have watched the school bus morning pick-up drill. To wit, the bus monitor hops off the bus, stands by while the children board (often watched by nearby parents as well) and then she walks up and down the bus squatting to check the undercarriage. Meanwhile, the bus engine is idling as both fuel and time are wasted.
My recollection is that the terrible school bus tragedies that led to employing monitors involved disembarking students, not students boarding the bus. Therefore wouldn’t it make sense to eliminate the monitors on the morning runs? Unless, of course, these monitors are another of the onerous unfunded mandates foisted on our towns and taxpayers by the General Assembly. If that should be the case I call on our East Bay legislators to review the law and amend it appropriately.
Secondly, on the RIPTA bus announcement of new service for Tiverton: Applause that management has recognized the need, although limiting service to and from the park-and-ride means that any potential bus riders will need a car and the ability to drive there. That’s fine for the working commuters like me, not so fine for the elderly or poor folks who have no cars and must rely on public transportation.
One wonders, however, given the small population base in Tiverton and Little Compton, why RIPTA would choose its biggest and newest busses for this run. As a bus rider for more than 40 years, I suggests that smaller buses running more frequently would be a much better option.