Westtown School will again offer transportation service for the 2016-2017 school year. This service provides transportation for Westtown students who either reside in a school district that does not provide busing, or who reside within a district that does provide bus service but prefer Westtown’s offering. We attempt to meet all requests, but there may be times when Westtown will be unable to accommodate all requests.
We try to provide door-to-door service for as many families as possible, using our fleet of 10 passenger vans which are air conditioned and seat belt/shoulder harness equipped. There may, however, be times when Westtown determines that we are not able to accommodate door-to-door service and will try to find a mutually acceptable meeting location, or, if ridership is too small for a particular route, that we need to eliminate it altogether.
We provide booster seats if required. The drivers are all Westtown employees who have passed school and PA-mandated background checks, have appropriate safety training, are subject to random drug testing, and are required to have an annual physical. Our drivers take the time to get to know your children. They extend the Westtown experience from the time your children leave home in the morning until they return in the afternoon.
Last year the average ridership was about 5 children per run. The average cost per semester was $850 per student based on riding 5 days per week. Those further from school paid slightly more, and those closer, slightly less. If gasoline prices remain stable we believe we will be able to hold the line on cost. The management of our transportation service for the coming year allows us to serve our target audience, contain costs, and cap charges for families with multiple children. Westtown has a rich tradition of environmental stewardship and is committed to reducing the school’s carbon footprint. If you drive your child to or from school each day you may want to consider our service as a way of demonstrating your own commitment to the environmental practices that are part of our mission and educational program. The closer to capacity we run our vans, the more we achieve these environmental goals. And, potentially lower costs to families.
We hope you’ll find a transportation option that meets your family needs. I hope to be of assistance if you have questions, concerns or individual circumstances we should be aware of. Please email Kirstie.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her by phone at 610-399-7433.
The cost for transportation is for a morning or afternoon run. If you would like both morning and afternoon you must double the cost. The costs are per semester and Westtown School has two semesters in a year. The vans will run in the morning and at 3:30 PM. A 5:45 PM late run will be considered if ridership is great enough to justify the cost. The pick-up and drop off times will be determined after we have scheduled the routes.
*You will pay full rate for the first child, 75% of the total cost for the second, and the household maximum is capped at the cost of the two full riderships.
*There is a flexible menu of usage and payment options. Families must lock in a regular schedule at the beginning of the semester; variables include morning and/or afternoon pick-up, days of ridership, etc.
Following are the routes we used for the 2015-2016 school year. They are informational only and are intended to serve as an overview of the service offering. Exact routes and boundaries will be determined after families have signed up for service. Route descriptions are for morning service. Afternoon routes are generally in the reverse order.
BROWN LINE and TAN LINE - TO THE WEST
Beginning in the West Grove area and proceeding through Kennett Square, Pocopson, and Birmingham Township
PURPLE LINE - TO THE SOUTH
Beginning in the North Wilmington area and proceeding through Chadds Ford, Glen Mills, and Thornton
BLUE LINE - TO THE NORTHWEST
Beginning in the Atglen area and proceeding through Marshallton, Downingtown, and Exton areas
ORANGE LINE - TO THE SOUTHEAST
Beginning in the Chester area and proceeding through the Aston, Brookhaven, and Media areas
RED LINE - TO THE EAST
Beginning in the Drexel Hill area and proceeding through the Ardmore, Haverford, Wayne, and Newtown Square areas
GREEN LINE and YELLOW LINE- TO THE NORTH AND EAST
Beginning in the Phoenixville area and proceeding through the Chester Springs and Malvern areas