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No Yellow Buses Here: One Student's MTA Commute

Lars Plougmann / Creative Commons

The yellow bus has long been an icon of public school systems, but in many big cities, tens of thousands of students make their way to and from school without the yellow bus. They navigate public transit. And more school systems are switching from yellow bus to public transit services to save costs. About 30,000 Baltimore City Public School students regularly ride the city bus to and from school. And, getting those kids to school on time can be difficult. Middle and high school students can apply to attend any school they want in the city regardless of how close it is to where they live. Producer JonnaMcKone explores how much we know about youth transit patterns and the issues these young people face getting to school. 

Credit Jonna Mckone
Laurell Glenn, who took us along for her ride to school, waits for her morning bus.


Additional raw interview material for this segment below:

Mike Walk
Sue Fothergill

In 2013,  New Lens Productions, a youth driven social-justice organization, produced this short film about commuting to school on Baltimore public transportation with the help of Baltimore Attendance Work Group.  

Wide Angle Youth Media, a non-profit that teaches youth storytelling skills,  has worked with the MTA on many projects including the production of a music video and a project called MTA Stories

Additional reporting on school transit:
Baltimore Brew - $5 million a year on taxis for public school kids: Is there a better way?
Baltimore Brew- Still scratching your head over MTA's "My Bus Tracker"?
Baltimore City Paper - A developer created a mobile app for MTA riders, claiming to save the transportation agency half a million dollars

A brochure Explaining Federal Transit Administration Guidelines for Public Bus Operators 

Budget Woes Turn Some Schools Toward Local Public Transit Systems - A profile of Kalkaska County Schools in Michigan