HB/Laurel/US Transportation Collaborative
Through a new collaboration with Laurel School and University School, Hathaway Brown is pleased to announce expanded school bus transportation options for families, beginning in Fall 2020. Those families whose children attend more than one of these schools can now utilize one unified transportation service, rather than coordinating logistics separately with each school.
This partnership also brings some additional safety features and benefits to partner schools, including an electronic attendance system, the ability for transportation coordinators to track buses via GPS, and video surveillance on each bus. Partnering with other schools helps to fill the buses as well, thereby saving costs and lowering our carbon footprint. Many of the routes each school currently operates have only a handful of riders, which is not economically efficient. Combining forces helps to fill each bus, and spreads the cost of each route between the three partners.
The specific drop-off and pick-up sites and other details are still being worked out and that information will be communicated in a timely manner. We’ve developed these Frequently Asked Questions to address most other inquiries.
HB currently offers six routes. This collaboration will add three additional routes that will continue to provide service to existing areas (many using the same stops). Additionally, this partnership allows us to offer transportation to families on the east side (Mentor, Painesvillle, Willoughby) and in the Medina/Strongsville area—both areas that we have been unable to reach in the past.
- HB’s nine routes are:
- Avon – Avon Lake – Lakewood
- Westlake – Bay Village
- Edgewater – Downtown Cleveland – University Circle – Coventry
- Bath – Richfield – Independence
- Strongsville – North Royalton – Garfield Heights
- Aurora - Bainbridge Twp - Chagrin Falls
- Hudson – Twinsburg – Solon
- Concord – Kirtland – Willoughby – Gates Mills
- Willoughby Hills – East Cleveland – Cleveland Heights
Although a timeline has not been determined for an announcement of final stops and times, preliminary routes and stops were identified during the decision-making and planning process. Schools will begin running the preliminary routes later this fall and winter. Once that process is complete, final stops and times will be announced/posted. Routes were designed to minimize changes in students’ ride times. All proposed routes start/end no later than 15 minutes beyond current times, and some areas will actually have shorter rides.
Currently, HB families pay $1,800 for morning transportation, and $13.50 per ride in the afternoon with a $1,700 cap. For families that rely heavily on transportation, many pay close to the maximum of $3,500.
Under the combined pricing system, the maximum a family would pay is $3,100 per student - a $400 savings. One-way full-year rates will now be offered, for either morning or afternoon, for $1,550 - a $150 savings. As we have done in the past, there will also be a per-ride option for those families that only occasionally utilize transportation. These additional billing options will allow families to select the package that best suits their needs, and in almost every case, save them money.
We will no longer be able to offer door-to-door service. Currently, about 75% of our riders are already on central stop routes (Richfield and West Side). Central stops are being added in areas that have previously offered door-to-door service.
In the past, each individual school’s transportation followed their own calendar. On days when a student’s school was open but the transporting school wasn’t, there was no transportation available. With the new partnership, as long as any one of the three schools are open, buses will run as scheduled.
Will this change the process for registration or communication/questions/concerns throughout the school year?
No. Families will still register directly with their respective school(s). The information and registration pages on HB’s website will be updated once everything is finalized later this year. Each school will still have a transportation coordinator who will be their point of contact for current and prospective families. If you have questions or concerns about transportation at HB, please contact Chris Staats at email@example.com.