The City’s Community Growth Committee has recommended postponing a City bus route to the location of the new Catholic District high school until it meets transit service standards.
Assistant Manager for Transit Services Steve Harvard says at this point, it would be too costly to implement a route because of the lack of students set to attend the school that will open in February.
“We’ve been told through our discussions with the school board, is it’s not going to be fully developed the first year, they are just anticipating two grades and a maximum of 300 students and from what we’re told, each subsequent year, they will add another cohort, another year. Once the school gets to a point where there is enough students for us to think about having a service and having a relook at it, absolutely we would want to work with the school board.”
He says the standards include servicing an area with a population of a 1000 people or 400 houses and servicing a small population presents budgetary restraints.
“Right now, we don’t have any money set aside in our budget for any additional costs or any additional service right now. When we did our public outreach and we asked our transit riders and others where do you think we should have our next dollar of transit (money) spent and a lot of them said, you know, there deficiencies within the current system, for instance, Sunday service closing before the mall closes.”
The St. John Paul II School will be located in Arbour Hills area north of 132nd Avenue.