The Student News Site of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Mariajose Vera

Traffic Turmoil. The after-school line of cars out of the carline stretches around the Pine Island-Holmberg intersection daily.

Stagnant Streets

October 29, 2021

With over 225 more students enrolled this year compared to last year, a vast increase in the student body translates into overcrowded classrooms, hallways, buses and streets. According to a survey of 380 MSD students, around 22% of students get dropped off through the school’s car line, 24% park in the senior and junior lots and 19% ride the bus.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an increased number of parents have resorted to taking their child to school, instead of allowing them to ride the bus or carpool with other peers. This, of course, causes an increase in the number of cars in the car drop-off line as well as an increased number of cars occupying roads near MSD.

Additionally, with the vast majority of students not attending physical school for the 2020-2021 school year, some parents, as well as the parents of freshmen and transfer students, are unfamiliar with the routine of transporting their students to school.

“I think it’s a combination of more students and parents and students, [and] being off for a year and a half, not remembering or realizing how bad it gets, and that’s just going to take time to work itself out,” Assistant Principal Jay Milmed said.
More than 72% of students agree that there is a lot of traffic around school, both before and after school.

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