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Bus stop moved to reduce congestion

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 08:17 AM

BROOKSVILLE - A bus stop at Barclay Avenue and Lawrence Street that caused congestion and safety issues last year will be moved to two new locations for elementary and high school students.

For the 2013-14 school year, students at Spring Hill Elementary will catch the bus at Bruni Drive and Penna Street, Hernando County School District Transportation Director Doug Compton said. Nature Coast Technical students will go to Barclay Avenue and Irving Street.

The change follows the school board's decision to eliminate bus routes within a 2-mile radius of the schools, which cut costs but created an atmosphere in nearby residential areas that drew parallels to tailgating.

"This will move to a place with ample parking," Compton said. "The location they're at now is having parents wait in grassy areas where the property manager complained of them tearing things up."

Last year the district had 3,713 bus stops, according to data provided by the department, and the district's strategic plan involves annual physical review of 20 percent of them.

Compton said the relocation isn't expected to net any savings for the department, but safety was the primary concern in doing so. However, the department is examining bus routes to improve time and fuel efficiency.

"Things change," Compton said. "Construction, fences are built and we're not aware of it, so we want to make sure we have the safest stops for our students."

The new locations were examined for safety, including proximity to intersections, railroad tracks and sufficient space for students to stand off the roadway, according to a bus stop observation form.

mreinig@hernandotoday.com

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