A lot of high schoolers at Metro Nashville Public Schools are having trouble getting their free MTA bus pass this school year, The Tennessean is reporting. Through the city’s StrIDe program, public high school students in the county can use their school ID badges as bus passes. But with the switchover to a new student information platform this year, a lot of students are having trouble getting those badges.
On top of those problems, many students (of all ages) in the system aren’t assigned to a regular school bus route yet — because of the adoption problems with the same computer system.
On the plus side, the school system’s spokesman says they’re on track to issue those ID cards a month earlier than last year:
Alternate version of this same story: thousands of free bus passes distributed a full month earlier than last year. https://t.co/1aJodPgtS4
— Joe Bass (@JoeAndBass) August 20, 2016
Many students who attend an out-of-zone school, such as magnet school students, depend on MTA buses to get to school on a daily basis. Joe Bass said that some students are being given temporary MTA passes to tide them over till the problem is resolved. They expect all students to be issued school IDs by August 26.
Meanwhile, all of the school bus routing issues should have been resolved by August 13, the district reports.