The GOAL Line initiative somewhat mirrors Denver’s Success Express system, first launched in 2011 to help provide students access to different district and charter schools in the growing northeast part of Colorado’s largest city. While using the standard yellow buses, the system operates differently than the traditional staggered routes to schools with different start times. Instead, like a public transit system, Success Express buses run the circuit of locations multiple times in both the morning and the afternoon.
This transportation system, designed to give families added flexibility in accessing more educational options, has been associated with a slight increase in school attendance rates. Further, despite the need to add extra trained staff to supervise students of widely mixed ages on the buses, Denver Public Schools made transportation services available to more students at a lower per-student cost during the program’s first few years of operation.