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How Long Does It Take New Orleans Students to Get to School?

Jane Lincove, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Date & Time
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
12:00–1:00 pm
Conference Room 760
1555 Poydras, Suite 700
New Orleans LA 70112 Map and directions

Research Team: Jon Valant, Brookings Institution

School choice reforms aim to provide families with expanded opportunities and influence in public education. However, students may not be able to choose certain schools if they cannot reasonably get there in the morning and back home in the afternoon. Unsafe, unaffordable, or long commutes can prevent schools from being truly available to families. This makes transportation a vital part of how well school choice works.

In this brown bag, we present initial results of a study that examines school bus routes in New Orleans. Specifically, we address the questions: How much time do students spend on school buses? How early do students have to get to bus stops in the morning? How do transit times vary for students traveling via school bus, car, and public transit (city buses and street cars)?

Note: This study was done in partnership with the Urban Institute.

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