Tahoe Truckee schools parent pay bus pass details | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Truckee schools parent pay bus pass details

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In an effort to offset high transportation costs and provide better tracking of students, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is launching a parent pay bus pass program for the 2009-2010 school year.

and#8220;Parent pay for bus service is a common practice throughout California,and#8221; said Nanette Rondeau, TTUSD director of transportation. and#8220;We surveyed the neighboring school districts with similar programs, including South Lake Tahoe and Yuba City, to find out what they were charging. In the end, the school board opted for the plan with the least financial impact to Tahoe-Truckee families. Our fee schedule includes discounts for siblings, as well as free and reduced passes for eligible families.and#8221;

According to a TTUSD press release, the school district’s bus fleet is equipped with GPS units and card readers. Students will carry plastic cards that will be scanned by the reader and#8212; similar to the ski passes that are used at several area ski resorts. When boarding the bus the student will hear a beep as the card is scanned. The GPS tracker then posts the card number, time and location when the card was scanned.

When purchasing the pass, students will be issued a plastic card and a plastic loop strap to attach to a backpack. Students may also carry the passes in a purse or wallet. Printed on the card will be the student’s name, picture, assigned morning and afternoon bus stops. For infrequent riders, a 20-ride pass is available.

All passes must be purchased in advance and bus drivers will accept no cash. No students will be denied transportation at any bus stop in the morning unless they have lost their transportation privileges.

Passes cost $150 for the first student in the family, and each subsequent sibling costs $50. The fourth student and any subsequent siblings in any family rides free. An early bird rate of $125 is available to students who purchase passes prior to Aug. 26.

All students riding the bus must have an application on file and a valid bus pass in their possession.

There are three ways to purchase a pass and#8212; by mail, in person at the transportation office or at your school.

and#8226; Purchase a pass by mail, send the application (downloadable at ttusd.org) and fee to TTUSD, Transportation Maintenance and Operations, 12485 Joerger Drive, Truckee, CA. 96161.

and#8226; Purchase At TMO: Visit the district’s Transportation Management Office at 12485 Joerger Drive in Truckee Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to process pass, including student photo.

and#8226; Purchase At school sites: Transportation staff will be at the following schools to process bus pass applications and take student photos: Truckee High School Wolverine Days: Aug. 19-20; Alder Creek Middle School Cougar Days: Aug. 19-20; North Tahoe Middle and High school’s Laker Day: Aug. 24. In addition students are welcome to purchase bus passes from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Truckee Elementary School gym and 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Kings Beach Elementary School gym.

and#8226; Free and discounted passes: For a free or reduced pass, a family must be verified through the Food Service Department. Food Service staff will be at schools on the dates listed above to process the free and reduced application. To determine eligibility, call Rose Wolterbeek at (530) 582-2528.

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