Columbia County, Youth Organizations, and School District Partner to Expand Public Transportation for After-School Programs
This year it will be easier for young people to participate in after-school programs. Columbia County has launched an evening youth bus, solving a transportation challenge for young people attending after-school programs in Hudson.
After school, students in the Hudson City School District can now take buses provided by the school district to several youth programs in Hudson. At 5 pm and 6 pm each weekday, students can take buses provided by the Columbia County Department of Social Services from the after-school programs to bus stops near their homes in Hudson, Greenport, Stottville, and Claverack. In addition to the official stops, the bus can drop off youth at any point along the route, if notified in advance. Transportation is free for all students.
The new bus routes will make it easier for youth to participate in after-school programs, including the City of Hudson’s Youth Department, Mental Health Association’s Youth Clubhouse, Hudson Area Library, Perfect Ten, Operation Unite, and Kite's Nest.
To sign up, youth riders need to submit a registration and permission form. The form can be submitted online or upon boarding the bus. Online registration forms are available at tinyurl.com/hudson-afterschool-bus or paper forms can be obtained from the various after-school program providers. To take the bus from the schools to the programs, parents must send in a note notifying the school that their child will be taking the bus to a certain program.
BUILDING ON A SUMMER SUCCESS
Last summer, Columbia County piloted a summer youth bus that provided transportation to and from summer youth programs. In its inaugural year, there were twenty kids who rode the bus on a regular basis. The after-school bus will build on the summer bus, refining the bus stops and communication with parents and students.
The after-school bus is created at no cost to Columbia County. The Hudson City School District is providing the transportation from school to the after-school programs. The County is providing transportation from the after-school programs and 100% of those costs will be reimbursed by the federal government, through the Flexible Funds for Family Services Program. To learn about Columbia County Public Transportation, visit columbiacountyny.com/public-transportation.html.