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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Keeping the Wheels on the Bus Going Round and Round: The Challenges of an Urban School Transportation System

Boston Public Schools Director of Transportation, Carl Allen, will be speaking about the challenges managing a large urban school transportation system in a highly complex and political environment. Boston Public Schools (BPS) serves over 220 public, private, and charter schools in the Boston area with yellow bus service - transporting over 32,000 students every day over--750 buses, 3,800 trips per day, traveling 9 million miles each year.  Boston’s extensive school transportation system has been the subject of much public scrutiny over the past several years, as operational challenges and poor on-time performance frustrated schools and families; and now “busing” is the center of a city-wide debate over a new student assignment plan (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/education/new-boston-busing-debate-4-decades-after-fervid-clashes.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 ). Before assuming the role of Director of Transportation with BPS, Carl worked as a Program Director in the BPS Office of Accountability developing tools, analyses, and processes to enhance data use.  Carl has also worked with USDOT’s  Volpe Center in Cambridge where he focused on training and workforce development.  In addition, he has experience working in community development, financial derivatives, software development, and was a high school math teacher in the Peace Corps in Ghana. Carl graduated with a Master of Public Policy and Urban Planning (MPP/UP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2010.  His undergraduate degree is in industrial engineering at Northwestern University, and he currently lives in Jamaica Plain.

  • Location:
    Allison Dining Room / Taubman 5th Floor
  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
  • Time:
    4:30 PM

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