Traffix rolls out brand new buses

Slight delays experienced as buses get rolling

For the first time in years, students lined up curbside at locations throughout the San Ramon Valley Unified School District waiting for school buses as part of the new Traffix program.

Danville Transportation Director Tai Williams, one of the architects of Traffix, said they were very pleased with the first run of the bus service.

"It was quite an exciting morning," she said. "We had a few hiccups, but this is all part of the first day of operation and despite those hiccups we felt it went very well."

Williams said that students going to Pine Valley Middle School found themselves tardy as a result of unexpected traffic on southbound I-680. She added that now the drivers are aware of what to expect so they can plan accordingly.

"We're making sure all the wrinkles get ironed out and we're going to be making sure the rest of the week goes smoothly," she stated.

Traffix is a program that was created through Measure J funds, designed to reduce traffic congestion around schools. There are a total of seven schools receiving bus service as part of the pilot program.

Officials worked all summer to lay out the routes and run test drives with the brand new school buses. At the same time, they were getting the word out about the program and getting parents to purchase their bus passes online. Up until Tuesday, passes cost $200. Once school was under way, the price went up to $250.

Excitement over the new program was high on the first day of school, which may have kept the program from reducing congestion as much as it might have otherwise.

Town Councilwoman Karen Stepper lives near Green Valley Elementary School and said she was surprised to see parents and kids lining up on the street Tuesday morning.

"Every family in my neighborhood has signed up for it. They're all so excited about having the bus and getting their kids to school safely," Stepper said.

She went to the elementary school to watch the buses come in. She added with a laugh that she saw some of the parents arrive at the school just to take pictures of their kids getting off the bus.

Six buses brought students to Green Valley and Stepper said there were quite a number of children getting off the buses.

"I heard one mom say, 'Oh wow, look at the kids get off. That's one less car for each kid,'" she recalled.

Williams was thrilled with the reaction among parents and students.

"I think it's really terrific to hear that the parents were so excited about it," she said.

While the pilot program for Traffix calls for only those seven schools to receive bus service, Williams said the long range plan is to expand with the expectation that as ridership goes up, congestion in those areas will go down.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Los Cerros Middle School
on Aug 26, 2009 at 7:25 am

It's wonderful! A few late kids the first day, but how nice to not see all the cars lined up down Diablo Road to drop off kids. How did we get there? Glad to see Danville getting back to some basics. Thank you!

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

I'm a parent who drops off at Monte Vista High School and I already see a BIG difference in congestion on Green Valley Road and Diablo Road because of the Traffix buses going to Los Cerros and Green Valley. Thank you!!

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Los Cerros Middle School
on Aug 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Traffix is a GREAT program, and long overdue. The congestion at Green Valley and Diablo Road was just a mess. We are very happy with the first week!

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Danville
on Sep 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

We love this bus system. Let's never go back to all cars in the school parking lot. Good job Danville and Traffix!

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Los Cerros Middle School
on Sep 4, 2009 at 2:27 pm

The team running Traffix have done an incredible job with all of the logistics and handling any issues with a sense of urgency. They are professional, curteous, and return personal emails within 24 hours or less. The bus has changed our lives in the morning. Less stress and more harmony! This is a fantastic program! I can't say enough good things about it. GREAT JOB!

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