School bus delays worry parents

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Is the bus coming? That is what kids in one Albuquerque neighborhood keep asking themselves as they wait and wait and wait for their school bus in the morning.

Monique Raymundo, 9, takes the bus to Sierra Vista Elementary School near Unser and Irving each morning, when it shows up that is.

On Tuesday morning, like a lot of mornings, parents say, the bus was late.

“I went to the bus for a couple minutes and then the bus didn’t show up, so I came back and told my mom and then my dad took me to school,” Monique said.

Her dad said she waited at the bus stop for 10 minutes. Some days the wait is much longer.

“It has happened to us a couple of times that I have had to come back out of work to pick her up and take her to school,” said Robert Raymundo. “By that time we have no chance for her to even have breakfast.”

An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson said there have been problems with that bus showing up late. Most recently a substitute driver didn’t show up, putting that bus at least 30 minutes behind schedule.

“I know they know about it, but what are they doing about it?” asked Amanda Minchow.

She said she has called the district and the bus company it uses, Herrera School Busses and Coaches, again and again.

A supervisor with Herrera said the bus was running late Tuesday because of traffic and that this was only the third time since January.

Minchow said that is three times too many.

“I don’t know what is going on at Herrera,” Minchow said. “They have no answers. They only have excuses. Meanwhile, our kids are left alone 7 o’ clock in the morning, waiting for their buses that aren’t showing up.”

She said it is more than an inconvenience, it is a safety concern.

APS said it has discussed the issue with the school bus company and the owner has made a commitment to make sure the buses are on time.

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