School bus nostalgia


    I grin and bear it on the days my neighbors ask me to pick up their teenager at Malibu High School. They are good neighbors, so I am glad to help them out. But what has happened to the halcyon days I used to know in the 60s, 70s, and 80s? The long lines of traffic are incredible; the only vehicle I haven’t seen is a stretch limo, and one day I’ll see that, too. The schools had as many kids in days gone by, but they had 1/8 or less the traffic. The reason was probably that those wonderful big yellow school busses drove the kids to and from school.

    Expense is probably the reason they are gone now. But what is the price in fuel, time, frustration and pollution of hundreds of vehicles clogging the roads for miles around every school in Malibu. There must be a cloud of vapor covering the city, visible via satellite every day at about 3 p.m. Too bad we can’t go back to the big dependable school busses.

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