Hazardous Routes

Frequently Asked Questions

For more details on hazardous routes or the Oct. 26 – Nov. 5 public comment period to the rating matrix, please visit www.leanderisd.org/hazardousroutes/.

Who does Leander ISD provide bus service to?

The state provides funding for public schools to bus students to and from campuses that are two miles or more from their home.

In Leander ISD, families living closer than 2 miles from their assigned school are in the “Not Eligible for Transportation Zone,” or NETZone. Students in the NETZone are only provided bus service if their route to school is rated as hazardous.

The Board policy on hazardous routes is under CNA (Local).

How does Leander ISD determine if a route is hazardous?

Members of the transportation team annually review routes to school of families receiving bus service and living inside the “Not Eligible for Transportation Zone” or NETZone. Reviewers also assess routes to school of families in the NETZone with significant changes, such as new construction or changes to road conditions.

Leander ISD uses a matrix to assign route a score, which determines whether or not the student qualifies for bus service. A community committee regularly reviews and updates the matrix. The district opened a public comment period on a proposed new matrix on Oct. 26 – Nov. 5.

Is Leander ISD trying to remove specific hazardous routes or reduce the amount of hazardous route buses provided in the district?  

No.  The Board charged the committee to simplify the matrix so it was easier to understand, repeat, and defend across the community. Our community shared feedback regarding ambiguity with previous versions of the matrix. Per Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirement, we use a hazardous routes tool that allows the district to efficiently and equitably allocate bus service to students living within our NetZone (“Not Eligible for Transportation Zone” refers to households within two-miles of their assigned school).

Under the draft version of the hazardous routes matrix, if students to cross more than one intersection on their path to school, is the point total multiplied for each streat crossed?

Under the draft version of the hazardous routes matrix, the scorer will only award a route multiple points for arterial streets crossings because arterial streets appear in multiple areas of the matrix.  If a student crosses three arterial streets, we will score the route 40 for the category “Description of streets to be crossed”, and in the category “Number of Arterial streets to be crossed”, then we will assign 50 points for crossing three arterial streets.

Can Leander ISD add bus routes for schools that experience congestion during school drop-off and pickup times?

The committee did consider traffic congestion in their review, determining that scoring of routes should occur during pickup or drop-off time. However, Leander ISD does not plan to consider adding bus routes solely for alleviating traffic congestion before and after the school day.

Did Leander ISD share information to families who might lose bus service?

No, the purpose was to get feedback on the rating instrument.  In November, we will notify all families living within two miles of their zoned school that the we will be evaluating routes.  We will notify families in late January if we scored their route to school as non-hazardous. The Board will consider changes to the District’s hazardous routes plan in the Spring.

Can Leander ISD reduce speed limits?

Cities and municipalities control reducing speed limits. School districts can partner with cities and municipalities to set school zones with designated, reduced speeds before and after school.  To install a school zone, the city or municipality with jurisdiction for traffic enforcement must approve the designation.

   

Updated on November 2, 2018

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