Measures taken to combat on-campus traffic

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George Kinder

Middle school parents line up for carpool on a Tuesday afternoon.

George Kinder, Staff Writer

Every day, hundreds of cars roll through the campus to either drop off or pick up students. The lines sometimes feel extremely long, but what is it like from the perspective of those who run the carpool?

Although lines will most likely stay fairly long because of challenges to  to shorten them, faculty and staff who oversee the carpool have a few tips and reasons for how the carpool is managed. 

 “We modify traffic flow as needed to provide the fastest times, but we also have to ensure that we do not upset our community on San Felipe and we ensure safety for everyone at all times, ” security manager Ms. Julie Burris-Richardson said.

 To ensure that cars keep from blocking San Felipe,  the parking garage is used to help more cars get onto campus and to help with traffic flow.

“Directing traffic through the garage helps to alleviate the traffic,” she said. “We realize this is an inconvenience, but it is absolutely necessary at times.” 

In addition, there is an off-duty officer working the light outside of Kinkaid. The hope is that more cars will be able to get off San Felipe Street and onto the campus grounds. Traffic isn’t just caused by the number of cars that enter the school, but other factors as well. 

“Light outages, vehicle accidents, lane closures on San Felipe, weather, the time it takes students to exit the vehicle, the number of events on campus, the arrival time for students could potentially be at the same time, parents/visitors parking in staff parking [could all be reasons for traffic].” Ms. Burris-Richardson said.

If traffic lines seem as if they are being held up, it is probably because of one of these many reasons, which means that students and parents will have to stay patient in traffic lines.

Kinkaid families can help as a community by ensuring that traffic rules are always obeyed, staying off  cell phones, and going the speed limit.