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Kids wait in middle of intersection with no bus shelter

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - School children in the Dededo area are without a bus shelter and because there is no shelter they are wandering into the road as they wait for their bus to arrive.

Every morning as children wait to catch the bus to school some children must wait out in the open rain or shine as there is no bus shelter for them to remain safe. In one particular area in Dededo for years children from Finegayan Elementary can be seen sitting in the middle of the road as there has never been a bus shelter in the area. "The problem that we in this particular area with putting bus shelter is that there is no easement large enough for public works to erect a bus shelter at when the properties this is the Perez Gardens area," said Melissa Savares, mayor of the northern village.

Savares says when the properties were subdivided they were subdivided for residential homes and no area was designated for common areas such as a bus stop.  "So the concern that I had we have as a community is when large parcels are subdivided there should be a requirement for common area needs such as bus stops," she said.

Although there is an 8' public easement on each side of the road according to Savares it is not enough space to erect a bus shelter as the shelters are 10' wide. "The entire area because there is six stops in there and the entire area the children from middle school high school and elementary school they are just waiting at the intersection  for their bus to come and pick them up," she said.

These areas have been designated as pick up areas but with no shelter the school children, in this picture are waiting in the middle of the road. "Of course the neighbors don't want them in their yards either so what happened is people at those intersections those designated pick up areas have fenced in their properties so the kids actually have nowhere to take shelter from the rain," the mayor said.

According to Savares her office does not have the authority to erect bus shelters instead that is the responsibility of Public Works, saying, "Of course with no shelter there is no place for them to sit so they are in the middle of the road at the intersection."

Savares does add that a temporary shelter could be requested for and instead of it being 10' wide make it narrower and longer than normal but she says even at that because these designated areas are at intersections it could be an obstruction to visibility of motorists. And until a shelter is built these students will continue to have to wait in these designated areas. Savares says that the parents of these children must work with her office to ensure the children are safe stressing that parents monitor their children or at the very least speak to them about road safety. She adds that her office does not have the manpower to supervise each of the designated areas. 
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