School Bus Feasibility Study
The Town of Los Gatos, in partnership with local public and private schools, wishes to explore the feasibility of a school bus service, with the primary goal of reducing traffic congestion near schools. Primary considerations include:
Each school bus can remove 36 vehicles from the road.
Neighborhood based pickup and drop-off balancing user fees with local transportation funds.
Ensuring parents are comfortable with all aspects of the proposed service.
Who is involved-
The Town of Los Gatos is the lead, independent of the schools.
Stakeholders are key. The growing list of stakeholders include LGUSD, LGSUHSD, SR2S, Home and School Clubs, Hillbrook School, and many others.
We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the “NOTIFY ME” service located on the left hand side of this page in order to be notified immediately each time the Feasibility Study page is updated.
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Update posted 2/8/18 -
The School Bus Feasibility Study team has successfully completed the first parent survey. The survey closed on Sunday, February 4, and more than 1,300 responses were received. Among the respondents, approximately 70% indicated that they would be “highly likely” or “likely” to subscribe to a school bus service if it was provided today. In addition, valuable input was provided by community members.
Currently the study team is analyzing the survey data and will provide a summary by the end of the month. The team plans to conduct a second survey in early March. Survey 2 will be longer and more in-depth, and target parents who indicated an interest in the service.
|Task & Activity||Schedule|
|Initiation and Outreach|
|Project Kick-Off||October 2017|
|Early outreach||November – December 2017|
|Messaging for study and survey 1||December 2017 - Mid-January 2018|
|Survey 1: brief and for all students||January 16 – 31, 2018|
|Data Analysis||December 2017 - Mid-January 2018|
|Survey 2: focused and in-depth||February - March 2018|
|Develop service plan||February - March 2018|
|Refine service plan for best potential routes||March - April 2018|
|Cost estimate and funding options||April 2018|
|Recommendations||End of April 2018|
|Pilot Service||January 2019|
|Year 1 Service||School year 2019-20|
|Full Service||Starting School year 2020-21|
In the fall the Town selected School Bus Consultants (SBC) to prepare a Feasibility Study. Town staff has begun the early outreach activities, by introducing the idea, collecting feedback, and enlisting key stakeholders to start the conversation in the community.
We will provide regular updates on the progress on this webpage and the Town’s social media platforms.
Do you want to get updates on this study? Do you have questions for staff and the consultant team? Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!