Some school districts avoid buses on freeways

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-12 01:25:40-04

It's not just commuters avoiding Valley freeways following 11 confirmed shootings.

Now, that includes four school districts. 

TIMELINE: 11 reported incidents within two weeks

The Tucson Unified School District is rerouting buses that are heading to Phoenix for events. The Tucson High School band, and football teams for Catalina, Santa Rita and Sabino high schools will be riding on buses that will be avoiding I-10 while in the Phoenix metro area. 

The Kyrene School District made adjustments to bus routes that normally travel along the freeway. 

"We will continue this practice based on a daily evaluation of the precautions and in collaboration with law enforcement agencies," David Schauer, superintendent for the district, said. 

As "a precautionary measure" the Paradise Valley Unified School District also rerouted school buses away from the area of State Route 51 and Shea Boulevard. 

LIST: Where and when the I-10 shootings have occurred

The Fowler Elementary School District has also issued all school buses to refrain from using any freeway, including I-10, I-17, Loop 101, 202 and 303 as well as State Route 51. 

"I am being conscientious that whomever is demonstrating such bad judgment has no regard for human life," Marvene Lobato, superintendent of the school district, said. "I don't want our students and staff in harm's way." 

Lobato said the change was made after a connected freeway shooting occurred during the school day when buses and district vehicles would normally be traveling. 

Some Valley drivers are opting to stay away from I-10 because of the shootings.

Kim Lovato is taking surface streets, avoiding all intestate as much as possible. Lovato said her commute is now 15 to 20 minutes longer.

"Any chance is too much of a chance at all," Lovato said. "It's not worth the risk for me."

ADOT said about 225,000 cars a day travel the section of I-10 where most of the shootings occurred. ADOT said those numbers have stayed steady, even with the shootings. 

ABC15 reached out to Valley Metro to see if any commuter buses would be rerouted away from traveling on freeways, and Susan Tierney confirmed buses are not being rerouted.