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Shorter bus ride times, wait for JCPS students

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JCPS has eliminated six bus depots for the 2014-2015 school year. (Source: WAVE 3 News) JCPS has eliminated six bus depots for the 2014-2015 school year. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Tens of thousands of Jefferson County kids are enjoying their last weekend before school starts. If you're a parent of a school child, there is no doubt you have a long list of must-dos before you load them on the bus and send them back to school. Jefferson County Public School officials are checking off their lists as well with some changes this year.

In the old days, the first day of school was a free-for-all as thousands of students got off one bus and searched for another. Welcome to the new way at JCPS.

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"People live a lot closer to the school that they go to and we're phasing out our depots," said JCPS Chief Operating Officer Mike Raisor. He says the change is a result of the shift from the old cluster system to the new.

Six bus depots -- places where elementary school students switched from the bus that brought them to or from school to the one that brought them to or from home -- are gone this year. Soon cluster depots could be a relic of the past all together.

"We may reduce one more next year but in two years, I think all the cluster depots will be gone," said JCPS Transportation Director Rick Caple.

Caple and Raisor say 10 elementary depots will remain for magnet school children.

"We're going to get to a point where the only students going through depots are because of a choice to go to a certain school," Raisor said.

They say as it stands now, our kids are on the bus less time each day: ride times down ten minutes to less than 28.2 minutes each way. Of course on the first day of school, all bets are off.

"In the morning, the first day of school, expect the bus to be a few minutes late and then especially in the afternoon," said Raisor.

"Your child would possibly get home between 4:30 and 5, it's going to be between 5:30 and 6," Caple said.

Those who don't have children will also have a part to play on Wednesday. 

"If it takes you 30 minutes to get to work in the summer time, between buses and parents and teachers, it's going to take you 40," Caple said. "People need to figure it's going to take me longer to get to work now."

If you don't know how your children are supposed to get to school on Wednesday, the bus hotline is back at (502) 485-RIDE starting Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here to view the schedule.

You can also use the online tool to map your child's stop.

For more information on going back to school from JCPS click here.

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