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School buses a necessity

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For years I battled school parking lots and traffic to drive my children to school, and was thrilled when they were able to ride the Mid Placer school bus. I was happy to pay the reasonable $1 per day round-trip. Now parents are in jeopardy of losing that option due to the governor’s proposal to reduce funding for transportation by an unheard-of 65 percent! Even if you don’t have kids in school, no doubt you have had to deal with traffic during school start/dismissal times. Imagine the improvements to our communities and their safety if they all rode the bus. California has the lowest percentage of school bus riders in the nation due to this lack of state financial support. It improves air quality, traffic and safety for our communities. The issue no one has mentioned is the safety: Check the CHP Web site for accident statistics for students in passenger vehicles and walking during the hours parents drive them to school vs. the school bus, the statistics are staggering. School bus injuries during that same time? Zero. There is no safer method of transportation than a California school bus. Jill Gayaldo, Rocklin