Your school buses help transport students to and from school, sporting events, and other activities. Student safety when  entering and exiting the bus is just as important as when they are on the road. For that reason, bus staging is a key element to include in your school’s traffic plan. Preferred configurations include single file and single-lane chevron, so students are not required to pass in between or in front of buses to load or unload. Multiple-lane chevron and multiple-lane parallel configurations create additional safety risks and should only be used in conjunction with traffic control and/or crossing guards.

Graphic source: Cooner, S.A., Wooldridge, M.D., Fitzpatrick, K. (2003). Operations and Safety Around Schools: Overview of Project Activities and Findings. Texas Transportation Institute. Retrieved from

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