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The Listening Post Asks: How Do You Get To School?

A bus travels up N. Rampart Street on its way to school.

Did you know that 86 percent of students in New Orleans don't attend the school closest to their home? Or that the cost for student transportation rose from $18 to $30 million dollars in the course of 10 years?

With that in mind, The Listening Post turned its attention toward student transportation and asked: 

1) When you were in school, how'd you get there and how long did it take? Where'd you live?

2) We want to know from parents and students alike, how long does it take you to get to school now? How do you get there?

3) How does the school commute impact your family's life? Your child's education?

Here are a few of our favorite answers:

1) It took me no more than 15 minutes to get to my elementary school, which was Epiphany Catholic School. And it took me less than 15 minutes to get to my high school which was St. Joseph Academy. My parents drove me. I lived two blocks off of Mirabeau.

2) When I was attending elementary and high school, I walked — maybe it took me 15 minutes. I went to the nearest school in my district. I lived in Central City Area: elementary Mc Donogh#36 Junior High, Carter G Woodson, Senior High was Booker T Washington until I transferred to John McDonough on Esplanade Ave., which took me approximately 45 minutes at most on bus. 

3) It is a huge amount of very limited time. It means an 8 p.m. bedtime is not always enough time with homework.

The Listening Post project seeks to establish a two-way conversation with the citizens of New Orleans. Participants can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information important to local communities. Join the conversation by calling or texting "Hello" to (504) 303-4348.

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Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.

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