Detroit Public Schools is offering a number of new specialized bus routes and plans designed to attract and retain students, including inner ring suburban bus runs, after-school enrichment loops and targeted shuttles.
“Transportation becomes a recurring issue when we talk to families on their porches and at schools,” said DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “While we’re in no position to modify our overall transportation policies and walk zones, we believe some targeted programs that can be implemented nimbly will meet the needs of a number of families considering DPS at this time.”
Schools are micro-communicating these routes to targeted areas. Parents who are making decisions at this time to enroll or re-enroll their children should contact the DPS enrollment hotline at 313-240-4DPS to learn more.
New routes include:
Mark Twain Elementary-Middle School: Pickup locations outside the City will be established to transport any students living within 3 miles of the school.
Academy of the Americas: Several pickup locations in southwest Detroit, particularly in the Vernor Springwells region, will be created to make it more convenient for families.
Marcus Garvey: Bus service will be provided dependent on sufficient interest to families in northeast Detroit residing near the recently closed Nsoroma Institute charter school. DPS’ Garvey Academy and the former Institute offer African-centered educational programs.
Midtown After School Bus Loop: After-school bus service will allow students from Goligtly Educational Center, Spain Elementary-Middle School and Burton International School to participate in each others’ after-school activities including vocal music, dance, swimming, archery, track and volleyball.
Pembroke Loop: A bus loop will provide transportation to students living within 5 blocks of Pembroke Ave. over a seven-mile course from Livernois Ave. to Berg Rd. that covers Bow, Ludington Magnet, Palmer Park, Pasteur, Vernor and Charles Wright schools. Newly enrolled students living along that route may choose any of those schools regardless of distance from their homes for attendance.
Students enrolled in Detroit International Academy living in the boundary of the former Cleveland School will receive Yellow Bus service to improve attendance and the ability to get to school.
Students living in the City of Hamtramck and enrolled in Burton International School will receive Yellow Bus service from established corner stops.
Additional routes may be considered given sufficient interest and commitment. Final determinations on the usage of buses on any of these routes will be dependent on ridership.