Sometime separate but equal works. For example, our house is located between two school bus stops that are part of separate routes. My boys have decided to take different buses and that’s just fine with me. No more tales or whining about what goofy/stupid/embarrassing things the other boy was during on the ride to or from school and they both get delivered where they need to go.
When the weather warms, perhaps they will walk. Not sure how we’re going to split them up for that.