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Change bus route for Gunn students living at Stanford

Original post made by Sue Klapholz, Gunn High School, on Jun 23, 2006

Anyone who has driven to Gunn High School and/or Terman Middle School in the morning knows how congested and chaotic the traffic can be.

Unsafe driving practices abound, with parents dropping students off along busy Arastradero Road or on the west side of Miranda Avenue (where students jaywalk through traffic to access Gunn). The congestion creates pollution, danger for bicyclists and pedestrians, and stress.

Currently, students from the Stanford campus residential area do not have PAUSD-provided (or any other) bus service to Gunn. For several years I have been part of a group of parents who have worked together to explore ways to obtain bus service for these students.

A proposal to reconfigure the J bus route is the result of this effort. The Nixon, Terman and Gunn PTAs all support busing for Stanford-area students to Gunn.

We hope the school district will come "on board" and work with us to make bus service for Stanford-area students a reality.

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Posted by no car
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 10, 2006 at 9:49 am

So how about biking to school? It is flat here, limited rain and good bike paths. This would help alliviate traffic congestion and also make these close to being adults healthier (biking vs driving) and self reliant.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2007 at 3:44 pm

How about more buses to get our students to school. Instead of rte 88 being lost, lets get more buses for everyone. And why should Stanford resident students get better treatment that PA resisdents?
We all want to get our kids to school by public transport.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I've seen that corner and it is a little crazy at drop off time.

There may be good reasons to provide a bus ( don't really know what the overall policy thinking is ), but you don't need busses to address the problem above. A couple cops, ticket books in hand, standing there a couple days a week for a few weeks will go a long ways to change unsafe/illegal behaviors and getting people to rethink how they do things.

Carrots are nice; sticks are also necessary and appropriate.

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 20, 2007 at 5:00 pm

"The congestion creates pollution, danger for bicyclists and pedestrians, and stress."

There is a good bike path that runs from Hanover to the back side of the Gunn parking lot, it is perfect for a student traveling from Stanford to Gunn. It used to be easy to find the map on the old PA web site, I am having a little trouble finding the PA bike path map on the improved site.

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