Rochester, N.Y.- Rochester City School leaders announced Monday the district’s new bus pass system which went into effect a week ago for some students was a smooth transition.
The change started Tuesday, November 13 to reduce the number of students who wait downtown to transfer buses from one location to another in the mornings.
“The changes to the student bus pass rules were geared toward increasing the safety of our students and the overall community. The adjustments require increased responsibility on the part of some of our students – they will have to be on time in the morning for their bus. We firmly believe that giving them this responsibility will aid their maturation as young men and women as we help prepare them for college and employment,” said Jerome Underwood, RCSD Senior Director of Operations.
A small percentage of students will continue to change buses Downtown – primarily students attending private and parochial schools around the County.
Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said, “We will continue to deploy our resources downtown to effectively protect the citizens of this community. We look forward to the continued collaboration with our partners from the RGRTA and the RCSD on ways to prevent students from engaging in fighting and tumultuous behavior. Working together, I am confident we will provide a safe environment for students and those who live, work and visit downtown.”