Transportation to and from school is an important subset of town transit, and has been ever since the introduction of the iconic American school bus. This was the first, and sometimes only, public transit experience for many, particularly in rural areas. During the 2020-21 pandemic, many parents opted to drive their students to and from school due to safety concerns. However, the busses continued to travel all the rural routes transporting students, meals, and homework packets. As we move out of the state of emergency, we encourage students to again make use of the free transportation offered to students. Additionally, through the help of CVU, school transportation has been designated by the student environmental action club, EnACT, as a high priority for the 2021-22 year.
Some schools, such as Charlotte Central School, are located along streets where it is difficult for students to travel to and from school on their own. Improving the safety of the roads around CCS and fostering a culture of walking school buses and biking groups would help diminish traffic congestion on Hinesburg Road, and reduce the pollution from long lines of idling cars.