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‘School’ buses are the problem

Posted: October 8, 2010 4:51 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Regarding the article on city bus problems in today’s paper (“Economy hits transit hard,” Oct. 8): Ridership is down, I wonder why.

One reason that the buses may not be on time is that the city buses have been “taken over” by the schools on weekdays and now serve as “school buses.” Large crowds of students use the buses and it takes time to load and unload along the route.

That’s not to mention loud conduct and limiting the seats to other passengers.

I know that students pay to ride the buses, but why doesn’t the city just designate buses strictly to be used as school buses, then charge the schools directly for these extra buses (who are charging students to ride school buses anyway)?

Everyone would be happy, especially the other riders, some of whom just give up trying to ride the “city” school buses.

Schools are trying to get out of the school bus business and just push it out onto the public, since their outsource costs have become budget-breakers.

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