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Hazardous Routes


Proposed Hazardous Route Rating Matrix |Public Comment Closed Nov. 5

LISD invites our community to evaluate the hazardous route rating matrix and offer feedback between Oct. 26 and Nov. 5. This feedback will be quantified and communicated to a community-led committee as it refines the matrix.

The state provides funding for public schools to bus students to and from campuses that are two miles or more from their home. In Leander ISD, families living closer than 2 miles from their assigned school are in the “Not Eligible for Transportation Zone,” or NETZone. Students in the NETZone are only provided bus service if their route to school is rated as hazardous.

The Board of Trustees advised the committee to consider adjustments to the scoring matrix to make it more objective and to add clarity. Under the proposed new matrix, the district will grant bus services for any route earning a total score of 476 points or more, accounting for a multiplier of 1.0 for elementary, 0.9 for middle and 0.8 for high school students. For more details and explanation, please view the proposed matrix.

Routes in the NETZone automatically qualify for bus service when they meet any of the following criteria:

  • crosses an arterial street (as defined by the municipality's roadway plan) or highway without controls (stop sign, crosswalk, traffic signal or crossing guard);
  • aligns alongside a road with a speed limit more than 45 mph; or
  • crosses a railroad crossing.

For routes that do not meet an automatic qualifier, the scoring matrix assigns points to routes based on:

  • the description of the area;
  • streets crossed; 
  • speed limits of arterial roads (as defined by the municipality's roadway plan)
  • crossing commercial / industrial driveways; and
  • additional challenges on routes, including low-water crossings, high school and college entrances/exits, bridges, construction, and sidewalks.

A community advisory committee studied the hazardous conditions on routes to school to make the proposed ratings matrix available for public comment.

The district will start evaluating routes in December and January and notify families that could be impacted after the evaluation process. Then the Board approves hazardous routes and the discontinuance of bus service for non-hazardous areas for each school year. This does not impact transportation service provided for special needs students when specified in the Individual Education Plan.

The district plans to notify all families affected by the board's decision in March.

Hazardous Routes Committee

Since October 2018, the Hazardous Routes Committee of nine community members and seven LISD staff members reviewed rating matrix samples from neighboring school districts and evaluated strengths and weaknesses of each. The committee then produced an evaluation matrix for LISD that will be considered for use when evaluating hazardous route bus transportation for the 2019–20 school year and going forward.

LISD invites our community to evaluate the proposed rating matrix and offer feedback between Oct. 26 and Nov. 5. This feedback will be quantified and communicated to the committee as it refines the matrix.

Proposed Hazardous Route Rating Matrix  |  Public Comment Closed Nov. 5

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Oct. 9, 2018

Oct. 18, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018

2018-2019 School Year

Due to improvement of safe routes, transportation service will not be provided in 2018–19 for certain neighborhoods zoned to the following schools:

Leander High School

    Within 2 miles of the school to the east of Bagdad Road and north of Crystal Falls Parkway. This includes the streets in and around Los Vista Drive, Bonita Verde Drive, High Chaparral Drive, and S. West Drive due to the completion of sidewalks along Bagdad Road within the last two years. Map

    Cedar Park Ranchettes and Deerfield Park neighborhoods due to the completion of sidewalks along Bagdad Road within the last two years. Map

    Within 2 miles of the school in the Fairways neighborhood due to the completion of construction in the neighborhood. Map

 

Naumann Elementary School

    Cypress Bend Neighborhood with the addition of crossing guards to assist students crossing Cypress Creek Road. Extended school zone time frames along Cypress Creek Road to include elementary school hours have been recommended. Bus service was grandfathered for the 2017-2018 school year due to no changes in the "Not Eligible for Transportation" zone (NET Zone) and an oversight by administration. Map

 

Reed Elementary School

    Regal Parc Apartments due to the completion of an access gate between the apartments and Reed Elementary. Map

 

Running Brushy Middle School

    Timberline East neighborhood. The addition of crossing guards to assist students crossing Bagdad Road at Osage Drive has been recommended. Map

    Along Oakwood Drive, Adrian Drive, Castlewood Trail and Oak Hollow Drive due to the completion of sidewalks along Bagdad Road within the last two years. Map

    Coventry, High Meadows and Deerfield Park neighborhoods. The addition of crossing guards to assist students crossing Bagdad Road at New Hope Drive has been recommended. Map

    Cedar Ridge Apartments. The addition of crossing guards to assist students crossing Bagdad Road at Osage Drive has been recommended. Map

 

Note: The 37 routes under the "Continuance" label received transportation last year, and since there have not been significant improvements to these areas, they will continue to receive transportation for the 2018-2019 school year or until conditions change.

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