CMS works to improve school bus routes after ‘unacceptable’ delays


CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) — FOX 46 Charlotte is asking the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools System questions about what’s being done to fix a big bus problem. 

The school system sent out a tweet Monday night stating regular routes ended just after 8 p.m. Some students got home from school around 9 p.m.

The head of CMS Transportation is now speaking out saying delays like this week are unacceptable, but they are now on a better schedule. 

CMS Transportation officials said increased traffic and the closure of Independence Blvd. played a key role in the delays some buses experienced. 

Transportation Director Janet Thomas said some buses take children home from four different schools. If they arrive late to the first school, it creates a domino effect for the rest of the route. 

While arriving home past 8 p.m. is completely unacceptable in the eyes of officials, they admit there is sometimes little they can do to prevent it. 

“In place to prevent traffic we really can’t do that. Closing of a major expressway…we had nothing we could do to control that. We just are affected by the multiple construction things going on in town,” Thomas explained. 

Thomas said students weren’t on the bus for hours, but were instead waiting at their schools for buses to complete their prior schedule routes. 

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