In response to safety concerns, SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia both launched route planning tools aimed at helping the roughly 9,000 students displaced by 24 school closures get to school .
SEPTA’s tool, School Trip Planner, emulates its SEPTA Trip Planner by providing routes to schools based on type of transportation, price and time of day. Visit it here. Read more about it on The Notebook.
Each of these routes, the city said, will be staffed by 260 volunteers, though Axis Philly reported yesterday that volunteer presence did not appear to be consistent around the city.
The maps have received some criticism, as Newsworks reported, for not being as comprehensive as some parents had hoped, though Anthony Murphy, the city’s Town Watch Integrated Services executive director who coordinated WalkSafePHL, told Newsworks: “I’m confident that we’ll provide the high level of support and safety that’s needed.”
Hackers at education hackathon TechCamp Philadelphia zeroed in on this problem last February, building SafestWay, an app that used crime data to map the safest routes to a school. The app is not currently live.