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New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

damageddude Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:33 AM
When I was growing up in Queens in the 1970s and 80s, most of the students from my elementary school walked to school. In JHS and HS we received bus passes (or subway passes) to take public transportation. While I can understand not wanting smaller children riding public transportation alone, and not everybody lives near a bus route, why can't something be arranged where a city bus provides dedicated school service (my high school had city buses that were only for students, running along the bus line, except it stopped at the school instead of a stop several blocks away -- kept us away from the regular riders which probably benefited both sides)

New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

Government schools are an expensive endeavor, especially when union labor and no-bid contracts are involved.

The New York City Department of Education has been catching heat from transportation unions lately over a decision to solicit bids for private transportation services in an effort to curtail runaway costs.

The district has not sought “significant” bids for student transportation services in 33 years. That means it’s probably been using the same companies for years, without competitive bids to naturally control rising costs.

And those costs are increased every year because...