A little delayed in reporting this one, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Do we have any highschoolers out there reading the blog? Anyone affected by this problem?
Pass snafu stalls COTA rides for students
Friday, September 14, 2007
By Simone Sebastian and Tim Doulin
Some high-school students have been prevented from riding COTA buses this school year, despite a program that’s supposed to provide free passes to any who live in the Columbus district.
District and COTA officials blame confusion over the changes in how the passes are issued to charter- and private-school students.
Some schools haven’t made passes for their students. Other schools have made them, but in a format bus drivers might not recognize. Still others thought the new passes weren’t valid until October or November.
Columbus City Schools has paid the Central Ohio Transit Authority $339,616 to provide free service to 12,463 high-school students for the contract year that ends Oct. 31. Students who live in the district are eligible, regardless of whether they attend district, charter or private schools.
But the agency has received about 20 calls from parents complaining that teens who are eligible for free rides have not been allowed to ride the bus, said Marty Stutz, a COTA spokesman.
District and COTA officials say the problem’s been resolved for now: Drivers will accept unfamiliar student passes, and monthly passes will be offered until more yearlong ones are made.