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Parent calls for better transit bus timing
A North Burnaby mom is shaking her head at the timing of a special transit bus for local students that appeared aimed at making kids late for class.
But TransLink officials believe a recent change may mean her problem has been solved.
The No. 134 special is a longstanding additional run for the regular 134 route in the morning before school starts and in the afternoon when classes end.
Allison Johns said it worked fine for her daughter Olivia last year when she attended Aubrey elementary as it dropped her near school with plenty of time to spare.
But this year, as a Grade 8 French immersion student at Alpha secondary, the bus drops the Montecito-area resident off at Delta Avenue and Parker Street only three minutes before the first bell rings at 8:35 a.m.
In that time, she needs to run three blocks "up a hill" into the school, navigate the buildings to her locker to take her coat off and grab her books before running to class, Johns said on Wednesday. And that's if the bus is on time.
"In her perfect world she would be there 20 minutes early at least."
Similarly, Burnaby North secondary students are dropped off at Kensington Avenue and Curtis Street two minutes before the 8:35 a.m. bell, she said. In that time students are expected to run across the expansive grounds and through the halls of the largest high school in B.C. to get to class before the bell.
On Friday, TransLink spokesperson Derek Zabel said the schedule had been adjusted starting that day so the bus will now stop three minutes earlier than before.
The No. 134 is generally on a half-hour service schedule. The student special runs during the school year and provides the additional morning and afternoon runs to cut the wait for students to 15 minutes and to address crowding during rush hour, Zabel said.
"We do listen to customer feedback and we'll address it, in certain areas that we can make adjustments on we will."