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Parents say Central Dauphin school buses are overcrowded

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Some parents and residents in the Central Dauphin School District are complaining that the district's buses are overcrowded.

A parent in the district emailed abc27 last week to say that her youngest child rides one of the C.D. East High School buses and that there were four kids in some seats and that some students were even sitting on the floor.

A district spokesperson said Monday that 13 kids were taken off that route and the problem has been solved.

But district resident Eric Epstein, who also represents the drivers union, said that problems persist.

"Last summer we had cautioned the school district about overcrowding," Epstein said. "We have eight less routes, 14 less buses and 700 less seats."

When abc27 attempted to question the district about Epstein's claims, we did not receive a return call. Epstein concedes there will be logistical issues to start any school year, but he doesn't see the issues clearing up completely with the reduction in the number of seats.

"Kids shouldn't be in the aisle and kids shouldn't be standing," he said. "This is not just a logistical issue, but presents potential safety challenges. All kids should be seated. In fact, we think all kids should be seated and restrained with seat belts, but that's another issue."

Epstein said he is confident that the district and the company that runs the buses will be able to work something out.

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