Good Question – Mud Routes

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

When the weather gets bad in parts of KAKEland, you may hear us say that mud routes are in effect for certain rural school districts.

Wichita resident Emily Burek wants to know, “What is a mud route?” Good question.

During heavy rain, snow or ice, school districts in rural areas of Kansas will activate mud routes. It’s not a good idea to drive a bus down a rural road when the weather is bad, so a mud route is a new route that allows safer travel.

“Sometimes there are students you can’t get to, and parents have to meet at a designated area,” Holcomb Transportation Director Sam Mesa said.

Mud routes are not only a way to get rural students to and from school when weather creates road blocks, it’s also a gas saver. When mud routes are in effect, the bus makes fewer stops to pick up students at their designated areas.

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