"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
What nobody bothers bringing up is the fact that TriMet is made out to be the bad guy when it's really PPS.Every other district in the state is required to provide transportation for students living a certain distance away from the school. Each district gets a certain amount of funding from the State allocated based upon the number of eligible students.PPS gets that money too - but instead of providing transportation, it puts it in the general fund and uses it for other things.So, PPS is the guilty party here...Further...why do PPS students get the special treatment (free TriMet passes) when students in other districts such as Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard-Tualatin, North Clackamas, David Douglas, Parkrose, Gresham-Barlow or Reynolds don't get the same treatment?This is a program that should end. And PPS needs to step up and follow the intent of the law - use the state funding for transportation. Frankly it is in the public interest not to have duplicative services, so there's no problem with high schoolers riding to school on a TriMet bus (or middle schoolers to some extent). Some transit agencies (I believe King County does) even run transit routes that primarily exist to serve public schools (although as a regular route, anyone can use it). That would leave the yellow buses for elementary and middle schools along with disabled students (and why not merge that operation with LIFT?)
Erik: I don't see anything in the story linked, or even in the comments blaming TriMet.
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