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Yellow Bus Challenge amid August push to meet pass-sales, traffic-busting goals

By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Summer may not end until late September, but summer break for Reed Union School District students comes to a close with the first day of classes Aug. 24 — and local officials are making their last-stretch push to ensure kids ride the bus.

As of Aug. 1, the Tiburon Peninsula Traffic Relief Joint Powers Authority, which runs the Yellow Bus Challenge, has sold 1,129 one-way passes for the upcoming school year, the third year of its subsidy program to reduce traffic on Tiburon Boulevard by getting families off the road.

That figure is down from 1,226 passes sold by the same date last year, according to agency coordinator Jack Ryan, and just short of the 1,200-pass goal to take enough cars off the road to make a difference in traffic.
Even with the decline in sales, Ryan said he's still optimistic about the big picture, "which is that the program continues to suppress traffic meaningfully."

"It doesn't look like families are eschewing the bus to return to their cars, so that's good," he said.

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Student achievements

Belvedere's Brodie Cohen, son of Laura Cox and Jay Cohen, received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., for his work during the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible for the award, Cohen had to earn at least a 3.3 GPA.


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