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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Echo Park & Elysian Heights students may face a long commute to new high school

Pat Griffith, a former L.A. Unified mom, has been impressed by a new  Glassell Park high school that will later this year begin to draw students from living from Eagle Rock and Mount Washington to Echo Park and Silver Lake.  However, after the district released the attendance boundaries for Central Region High School #14, Griffith said she wonders how difficult it will be for Echo Park and Elysian students who travel by Metro bus to get to the new school. The campus located on San Fernando Road near Division Street on the other side of the 5 Freeway and and Los Angeles River from Echo Park and Elysian Heights.  She visited Metro’s online trip planner and found some students may have to take up to three buses and spend up to 90 minutes to get to class (depending on how far they want to walk to a bus stop). She writes in a email:

“The high school will have fabulous facilities and energetic approaches, but the difficulty in getting teenagers to the school on a daily basis seems to have been overlooked.”

Click to view & download boundary map.

It looks like students will have to walk longer distances for more convenient bus connections or hitch a ride with a parent or or friend to the new school. Griffith was told at a recent community meeting that L.A. Unified will not provide school bus service to the new campus.

Photo from L.A. Unified website



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3 comments

  1. This situation is

    (1) a referendum on how poorly comprehensive bus service has fared under Metro’s singular focus on building a few visible and expensive rail lines, and

    (2) an opportunity to build out the bikeway network in the LA Bike Plan so more kids can skip the bus. No student in these attendance boundaries would spend more than 40 minutes getting to school on a bike, which is less than half the time bus riding could take. We just need to provide these students with the support to feel safe and legitimate riding on the streets. What a cheap and easy solution!

  2. Why don’t the Charters get a bus and drive the students to the school the same way they did with their parents during the voting process.

  3. You mean Precious and Dude might have to get off Gameboy, off the couch and walk a few blocks? Shocking.

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