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Unsafe, Overcrowded Wheels Bus at Amador Valley HS

Original post made by av parent, Amador Valley High School, on Aug 29, 2013

Wheels continues to supply too few buses to Amador Valley High School. One bus at 3:00 p.m. for all of Vintage Hills and Ruby Hill at the high school? All seats are taken and over 30 kids standing each day this week when coming home from school. How is this safe? Parents, if your student rides the bus and you're concerned, call Wheels at (925) 455-7500. Insist on speaking to a manager. I called all last year and nothing was done. Maybe if they get enough calls they will finally realize that this is a very unsafe situation and that our kids deserve better.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

The other issue(s) buses travel @ higher than posted speed.

Watch the bus which brings children home on Mohr ave. Sign posted 25MPH- I don't have a radar gun, but I know he is going faster than that (along with many other vehicles BTW)

When kids get off the bus, they cross in front of it (w/o looking for possible traffic) They also walk along middle of street (seems quite a few of them are afraid of sidewalks and crosswalks)

I am simply pointing out my observations in the hopes that at least 1 parent/child will become aware and live a little more safely.

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Posted by Smiley Face
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

Quit your whining! You know nothing about overcrowding:
Web Link

This is our country by the year 2030.

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Posted by olfthfl
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hold on there! We're talking Vintage Hills and Ruby Hill here. Shouldn't every student should have their own private bus.

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Posted by Wheels Mom
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Aug 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

My kids have used Wheels service from for years. For the most part, it's a nice service. But when there was an ongoing problem last year with reliability (no show, kids were stranded), I reached out to the board of directors to oversee the training gap they had with their drivers. It was considerably more effective than trying to talk to "management." Here's the link: Web Link

Good luck. Have a great school year!

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Posted by Why
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Why do some kids get a bus to school? My kids din't have this option.

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Posted by Av mom
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thank you Wheels Mom for the constructive comment. I'll look into it.

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Posted by Stella
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

With as many Vehicles coming out of Ruby Hills gate in the morning with only one student inside, I find it hard to believe any of the kids ride the bus..............Maybe ruby Hills should have a car pool team with more then one kid inside an Excursion. Talk about a waste of money.oh wait they wasted money to live in ruby Hills in the first place.

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Posted by Been There
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Parents pay Wheels an annual fee for the bus. My daughter took this bus 7 years ago and, if I recall correctly, it was $150. for the school year. It must be more now.

Stella - how many kids arrive at schools all over town with one kid in the car?
What you're saying says more about you.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Happy Valley
on Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

Why all the Ruby Hill hate? Stop and consider that property taxes are based on a home's purchase price. Do you have any idea how much the Ruby Hill families contribute to what our city receives on property taxes? I don't live in Ruby Hill. Frankly, it's not in my budget. But there are homes up there where people pay $20k or more a year in property taxes. Your Ruby Hill hate is misguided.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Now, when I was young, . . .