A mother is upset after her 8-year-old son’s bus commute to school will be lengthened by about 90 minutes starting Wednesday.
Jessica Frysinger said her son Quinn, who attends Environmental Charter School in Edgewood, will be picked up an hour earlier and dropped off about 35 minutes later starting Wednesday.
According to Frysinger, she learned over the weekend that the bus will pick up Quinn from his West North Avenue bus stop an hour earlier than normal, even though his school is less than nine miles away.
“My frustration is that despite the taxes we pay, Pittsburgh Public School wants my kid to be on the bus for two-and-a-half hours per day,” Frysinger said.
Channel 11’s Timkya Artist drove from Quinn’s bus stop to the school and said the 9.3 mile trip took about 20 minutes.
The director of transportation for Pittsburgh Public Schools sent Frysinger an email explaining that, “by re-routing it, the bus driver was able to shave about 15 minutes off the total run time. The upside is that with less zig-zagging and a shorter run time, you should get more consistent service.”