By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
Following a rare joint session, the Tiburon Town Council and the Belvedere City Council voted Feb. 24 to fund the Yellow Bus Challenge 2.0, a one-year experiment to see if putting more kids on school buses will take enough cars off the road during peak commute hours to significantly improve traffic on Tiburon Boulevard.
To encourage more riders, the program will offer round-trip bus passes at $430, about 50 percent off the current $847 price tag, and will provide 20 routes to and from the Reed Union School District's three schools — 11 in the morning and nine in the afternoon, up from just three in the morning and four in the afternoon this year.
The discounted bus passes for the 2015-2016 school year go on sale April 27.
The program is the second attempt to get a bus-pass subsidy in place after the two councils scrambled to authorize $302,000 in funding last July for the current school year, only to fall short of the minimum number of new signups required to commit the funding. They vowed to return, this time committing to the subsidy without a minimum signup requirement.
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