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Why does a small Laidlaw school bus marked "134" idle near the intersection of Missouri Street and 28th Court for 10 minutes every weekday morning, especially because it doesn't pick up any passengers? Shouldn't the driver turn off the engine to reduce air pollution, fuel use and cost to the taxpayers?

Bob Osborn, who manages the Laidlaw Transit depot serving the Lawrence public school district, said the driver of that bus had a "double" route and stopped briefly at the intersection between routes. After delivering students to East Heights School, the driver is responsible for a Schwegler School route.

A new student was added to the Schwegler route, eliminating the need to pause at the location.

Osborn said drivers were urged to pause in parking lots rather than streets between routes. Idling a bus is only acceptable during cold weather when the heater must run.

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