CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - CMS transportation will change a bus stop after a student’s mother and the Mecklenburg County Commissioner expressed concerned over the student’s walk from the bus stop to his home in Charlotte.
The student’s mother Annette Albright, told WBTV that she was worried about her 14-year-old son Malik’s bus leaving him to walk down a busy two-lane road without a sidewalk and through a construction zone to get home.
Albright said the bus stop was a problem because it forced Malik, on days where she can’t directly pick him up at his bus stop, to walk a half-mile down a busy section of Valleydale Road, with the previously-mentioned issues, all to get home.
Albright said CMS transportation called her Thursday morning and told her that they are changing Malik’s bus stop to the street she requested, which is Mellwood Drive, starting Monday.
Albright says she is overjoyed that her son will no longer have to walk in dangerous conditions from his bus stop.
On Wednesday, Mecklenburg County Commissioner At-Large Pat Cotham saw WBTV’s report about Malik’s situation and wanted to get a look at it for herself.
Cotham says after seeing WBTV’s report, she wanted to meet with Malik at the location and walk with him home, to experience his challenges first-hand.
“I wanted to see for myself. I wanted to experience for myself what one of our CMS students experiences every day. It just seems like this could be fixed easily,” Cotham said.
Cotham walked with Malik and observed cars speeding by, high weeds and a dead animal along the way.
“It’s got to be fixed. I’m so glad that WBTV alerted the community about this. when I saw it I was like 'oh, this can’t be.’ I hope that CMS looks at this and says, let’s make it the easy fix,” Cotham said.
Cotham tweeted a picture of her and Albright Thursday after learning the news that Malik’s bus stop would be changed.
Albright says she’s been fighting for this change since February but nothing was happening and that’s why she turned to WBTV for help.