Rate reduction agreed between LANTA and BASD

March 15, 2018 by  

An agreement has been reached between the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) and the bus service LANTA that will provide students with lower bus fares.

The deal making this possible was discussed at the school board meeting on Monday. In future, students will be able to buy a day bus pass for $1 at their school, as opposed to the $1 each way fare they have been paying to ride LANTA buses to school.

The reduced passes will enable students to ride on any LANTA route, including transferring lines without additional cost, to and from school. Moreover, the students can use their pass going to after-school jobs, including on the weekends and during the summer.

This agreement may translate into more adult ridership as parents choose to accompany their children on outings. Supplying easy to decipher, updated schedules to the public, such as those used by bus ridership, is among the benefits local printing services can provide.

A number of suburban districts supply transportation for their elementary students living no less than a mile and a half from school, and for secondary school students a minimum of two miles away. Those distances correspond to the minimum distance permitted for transportation reimbursement by the state.

Pennsylvania law does not require school districts to provide bus service. Bethlehem Area students who live further than two miles from school are bused, while those families living within two miles have to come up with their own transportation solution.