Workgroup Meeting Notes: October 2, 2019

  • Analyzed general education transportation needs using VersaTrans database
    • Special education transportation needs add to the complexity of this picture
    • The state is hoping to encourage greater integration and this could include transportation
  • Transpo Group has specialists in transportation planning, circulation and data. They have reviewed a GPS system (Zonar) data
    • Used the data to see delays, overlaps, etc.  We can't differentiate between a "long stop" (lots of kids loading), waiting stops between routes and being stuck in traffic
    • We can see where the buses are moving freely between stops
    • Provides regular "pings" so congestion can be tracked
    • This data correlates well with actual experiences of drivers - allows for substantial correlation in the data.
    • Can use this data to sort through the different causes of "red dots" (visual) and develop performance analysis of the routes to permit a resolution or fine tuning of routes.
  • Agreement to keep the "Orca Card" idea on the table
    • Move from "possible riders" to "intentional riders"
  • Remaining mindful of potential for state level changes that can impact (help) district transportation changes
  • Discussion of stakeholder outreach to outline the issues and then get input and options from stakeholders (typically families)
    • Discussed timelines 
    • Pursue cooperation with the related cities
      • Look at how certain road closures are impacting District transportation needs (gates across roads)
      • Consider if some city initiatives (such as Bellevue's "Smart Cities" traffic initiatives) might relate to our efforts to identify opportunities to improve traffic flow
  • A three tier system should be "on the table" for consideration
    • To achieve the original goals (healthy start times, healthy end times, efficiency, etc. )
  • Need to collect all the various datasets and put in one place so that they are accessible to the workgroup as a whole.
    • Bus drivers should know best as to which are the most difficult schools from a transportation standpoint
  • Which dials are the most significant with respect to improving our "start time" solution for 2020?
    • Need to have the actual rider data and understand the level of confidence in the ability to make adjustments
      • Contributors to the transportation issues fall into three categories: Too difficult to "fix", Unchangeable and easily changed.
    • Need to understand if a change in the number of buses and drivers is feasible and whether it could have the desired impact
    • Which grades should start when?
      • Younger kids can start sooner than older kids (and do better in school)
      • Changes can affect the options (or dials) that are available to the District
      • Potentially could have the order be elementary, high school, then middle school
  • Need a list of sites of "potential candidates" where site-based changes can make the greatest impact in transportation efficiency
  • Want to get this information out
    • Will revise presentation and make it accessible
    • Website should be up later this week.

 

 

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