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Charleston Co. School District launches new bus stop lookup tool

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 2:59 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - With just days to go before students head back to the classroom, the Charleston County School District has launched a new program to help make getting to school a little easier.

The new bus stop lookup tool on the district’s website lists every single school bus stop in the county so parents know where to send their kids. Users can search by school or by location to see nearby bus stops and pickup and dropoff times.

It’s designed to make it easier to update parents and students on any changes to bus stop locations and to help people – especially those who are newer to the community – find nearby stops on a map rather than just a list of nearby roads published online or in the newspaper as had been done previously.

“There’s constantly changes to bus stops,” James Lynch, the district’s executive director of transportation, said. “There’s bus stops that are added, deleted, and that in turn would have an impact on the bus stop times, so what we wanted to come up with was an easier way for parents and students to be able to gain access to updated transportation information.”

The new tool comes as school bus ridership in the county is expected to jump significantly. The district is expecting the initial ridership numbers to be between 20,000 and 22,000.

The district said the new map, combined with the First View app it began using last year that allows for live bus tracking and late bus notifications, will help give parents peace of mind that their kids are getting to school and home safely and on time.

“We looked at it as an enhancement to the services that we’re trying to provide,” Lynch said.

The bus drivers also benefit.

“It kind of eases a lot of the tension because if the parents are aware as far as the driver’s action at that point as far as location, then it just reduces some of the tension knowing that the bus is en route,” Gary Reese, Sr. with bus company First Student said.

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