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Parents worried about crowded JCPS buses

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Many buses were stranded in a crash Wednesday on I-71 Many buses were stranded in a crash Wednesday on I-71

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some parents are concerned about what they say are unsafe riding conditions for students on JCPS buses.

Jon and Julie Perry say their son had to stand in the aisle on the way back home from Noe Middle School on Wednesday.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted about the whole situation,” Jon Perry said. “It's just a situation where I'd rather him be safe than be on time.”

In the past, the Perry’s say they’ve never had any issues with their son riding the school bus home. However, when their son showed them a video of a crowded bus with students standing in the aisle, that changed.

“I understand there's all kinds of glitches,” Julie Perry said. “I understand that. But to jeopardize safety, it’s our kid’s lives.”

JCPS says there are hiccups with transportation on the first day, and aside from a wreck that caused problems on I-71, the first day went relatively smoothly.

“We’re incredibly proud of our bus drivers and our staff who made sure we had a great first day,” JCPS spokesperson Allison Martin said.

As for the situation with Noe Middle, Martin says that problem was likely two-fold.

“When students dismissed, we have two buses that go to the same location because of the volume of riders, and what we had is simply some kids who got on the wrong bus,” Martin said.  

The other issue, Martin says, is one that happens every year.

“We also had more students show up to ride the bus than we expected that had notified the school system,” she said.

Last year, JCPS used 964 buses. This year it’s using 900, but Martin says, if necessary, more buses could be used.

“We’ll work with those schools and make sure they have additional buses to transport if it was an issue with more bus riders than projected,” she said.

For parents, they just want to know that their students will no longer have to ride in the aisle of buses on the way home.

“I felt like they were more worried about getting kids home on time than the safety of the children,” Julie Perry said.

Parents with questions about buses or bus routes can call JCPS at 485-RIDE or dial the 313 help center.

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