At Strike’s Root, Runaway Costs In Busing Pupils

Mark Appleton, NY Times

It seems a state of crisis is the norm for transit in New York City - see the school bus strike that’s left 113,000 New York City public school students and their parents trying to find alternative transportation. The strike is now in its second day.

As the NY Times points out, New York City spends nearly $7,000 per student each year on school bus transportation, far more than any other school in the country. That’s the equivalent of a $20 taxi or livery car ride for each student everyday, to and from school.

Reportedly, parents are shuttling students in private vehicles, putting them on taxis, and making use of public buses and the subway. The city has offered to reimburse parents for the cost. This might be an ideal scenario for shared taxi rides…