School drop-off just got eas­ier for par­ents in Mi­ami Beach

South Florida Times - - METRO - MI­AMI BEACH, Fla. – Some Mi­ami Beach par­ents may be gain­ing a whole lot of time this up­com­ing school sea­son as they forgo

chauf­feur­ing their chil­dren dur­ing morn­ing rush hour.

In an ef­fort to ease traf­fic and en­hance qual­ity of life, the City Com­mis­sion re­cently ap­proved a five-month pilot pro­gram that will pro­vide morn­ing school drop-off to North Beach El­e­men­tary and Bis­cayne El­e­men­tary start­ing Mon­day.

The trans­porta­tion ini­tia­tive comes as a re­sult of a city­wide sur­vey is­sued to par­ents of public school chil­dren in Mi­ami Beach to bet­ter iden­tify fam­ily needs. “We’ve re­ceived an over­whelm­ing amount of in­ter­est from par­ents, and have con­firmed 50 stu­dents to date,” shared Di­rec­tor of Trans­porta­tion Jose Gon­za­lez. “The trial pro­gram will not only help man­age traf­fic through­out the ur­ban-is­land, but em­pha­size safety and in­cor­po­rate well­ness in our chil­dren’s daily rou­tine.”

Equipped with seat belts, bus trans­porta­tion will be pro­vided to stu­dents liv­ing within a two-mile dis­tance of the des­ig­nated schools. All stu­dents will be dropped off at their home­school and es­corted to the cafe­te­ria by school ad­min­is­tra­tion where a free break­fast will be avail­able if de­sired.

The city has con­ducted test runs to en­sure de­sired per­for­mance along es­tab­lished time-sen­si­tive routes. Ad­di­tional de­mand may be ac­com­mo­dated us­ing the es­tab­lished stops; how­ever, no route mod­i­fi­ca­tions will be made in or­der to min­i­mize ad­verse im­pact on the fi­nal­ized sched­ule.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HONEY + LIME

Mi­ami Beach stu­dents now have a dif­fer­ent op­tion for trans­porta­tion.

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