Cape Royal kids get bus stops back, no more 2 mile walks
Three weeks to the day after Fox 4, school board member walked bus route district brings stops back
Three weeks after Fox 4, school board member walked 2 miles to bus stop district will bring stops back. Video by fox4now.comvideo
CAPE CORAL - Students who live in the Cape Royal golf community in Cape Coral will no longer have to walk two miles to catch the bus in the morning.
"The bottom line," said board member Don Armstrong, "is they're gonna get their bus stops back in that community due to the fact that it was a very dangerous situation for those students and we cannot have that."
Fox 4 has confirmed starting Tuesday - three weeks to the day after we joined Armstrong on a 2.1 mile walk to a middle school student's bus stop - the district will make two stops inside the gated community.
After parents made their case to the school board, Transportation Director Robert Morgan and board members made the decision to allow buses back inside the gated community.
The bus stops were moved two miles away, to the front gate, in an effort to cut back on long school bus rides.
A series of Fox 4 investigations into long rides sparked a transportation audit which recommended tightening routes.
The district reversed their decision in this case because they felt making kids wait on the side of busy Pine Island road was just too dangerous.
Armstrong says the change took longer than he wanted it to.
MATT GRANT, REPORTER