Dad wants daughter's bus stop changed
Says the stop next to a busy street is unsafe
A Cape Coral dad says his daughter is waiting to catch the bus on a busy street with no sidewalks or lights. Video by fox4now.comvideo
Does your kid have to catch the bus at a dangerous place?
A Cape Coral dad says his daughter and other neighbor kids have to wait on a busy street and he's trying to get that changed. Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is taking his concerns straight to district officials.
Last year, the kids caught the bus at a lighted stop but this year, the stop was moved just around the corner on a busy street, with no lights. One parent wants to know what's up with that, especially since the bus still drives right past the old stop.
"It becomes a hostage situation for them to get to school," dad Carlos Morejon said, about his daughter's bus stop.
Morejon says walking along Hancock Bridge Parkway is not a safe place for the bus to be picking up his daughter Maria and several other neighbor kids who wait with her, on the side of the road.
"We already had a couple of close calls," he said, referring to two instances when she was almost hit by a car.
"I'm worried about her walking on this road. You can see behind me right now the traffic that is going by. Imagine this in the morning at 6:30, pitch black?"
Last year, the bus picked them up around the corner on a side street away from the traffic.
"So last year, your daughter actually had a lighted bus stop and this year, she doesn't?" Hogan asked Morejon.
"No she doesn't and that's what I don't understand. It's only about 200 feet away. And I don't understand why they would change it so cars cannot see her walking to the bus stop when they have a place around the corner here with a light," he said.
Morejon says there's an easy fix to the problem. Move the stop back around the corner. A fix he hasn't been able to get the top dog at the district's transporation office, Robert Morgan, to agree to.
"And you've taken your concerns to the district," Hogan asked Morejon. "Tell me what their response has been?"
"I spoke to a Mr. Robert Morgan, who returned my calls after a few emails and he told me that, my daughter is my responsibility, and I told him, that's why I'm calling you," Morejon said.
FOX 4 has been advocating for Morejon and the other concerned parents, reaching out to the district's spokesperon to see if we can't get a solution. A spokesperson says, the issue is going back to the transportation office to see if anything can be done.