The plan optimizes routes and stops to student clusters with safety and convenience as the primary factors. The plan also aims to minimize door-to-door transit time and maximize ridership. Finally, for all but northbound Caltrain, no morning routes are earlier than school year 2016-2017 routes.
We strongly encourage all of our families to take advantage of the bus and shuttle options, or to carpool with neighbors. We believe our transportation options are attractive and families will willingly opt-in. If we are at risk of violating our traffic demand management (TDM) agreement, we will enforce strict commuting policies. Currently, we are confident that we will satisfy all of our permit requirements.
Given the different schedules and transport patterns, there are separate routes for US and MS students. There will be shuttles between campuses that can be used by US students who choose an earlier commute time. MS siblings who commute with US student drivers can take the shuttle from the US campus.
Our conditional use permit with the City of Belmont requires a staggered school day schedule relative to our neighbor the Ralston Middle School. While it may seem early, most routes are no earlier than 2016-2017 routes, and as a community we benefit from the earlier start time by not adding to peak Ralston traffic.
For students from the East Bay there are two options. First, students can take BART to Colma station then the shuttle or bus to their campus. Second, AC Transit Route M goes to Hillsdale CalTrain where students transfer to the Northbound CalTrain to San Mateo station, where a shuttle bus to the US campus will be waiting.
The school provides point-to-point shuttles between campuses, CalTrain stations, and St. Bart’s. For the Middle School, there is a morning shuttle from Menlo-Park station as CalTrain does not stop there in the morning. Our partnership with Zum provides flexibility for families to arrange for rideshares or point-to-point transportation at their expense. Finally, it will be easy to arrange carpools with a carpool app.