The recommendation for changes to the bus routes was made based on careful analysis of LUSD school bus ridership. In recent years, LUSD has experienced a steady decline in school bus ridership. Before the pandemic, just seven percent (7%) of LUSD students used the transportation services impacted by the changes effective this school year. Despite school bus pass and state revenue, provision of these services results in a deficit of more than $800,000 per year. Budgetary constraints, rising fuel costs, the lack of school bus drivers, declining ridership, and the availability of before and after school supervision at every school site were primary factors in making the recommendation for these changes.