Coquitlam school trustees are considering putting the brakes on free school bus rides in the district.

Last week, the school board directed staff to investigate transportation user fees, said Melissa Hyndes, chair of School District 43.

“Transportation has kind of been a contentious issue within the Coquitlam school district,” Hyndes said.

The district, which covers five communities — Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra and Anmore — spends about $1.5 million on buses.

“We do bus a fair amount of students in different parts of the area, middle school students to middle school,” Hyndes said. “There is a feeling by some of the trustees that they would like to eliminate those buses, or find a way to get some money to put back into classrooms.”

There is no timeline for the report. Trustees had wanted to roll out any changes for September, but Hyndes said the timeline is too tight.

The report will likely come back to the board in late fall, with debate and decisions to happen at that time.

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