How much does the NYC subway cost these days? Or public bus transportation. When I had to take a public bus to school, the bus service gave special discounted rates with a student ID card. If needed, the city could subsidize bus ridership for students. The 'speial needs' students couldn't be expected to take a public bus so that part of the equation would remain in place. But how much could be saved by alternatives and why aren't they being used in the first place? Where in the Constitution does it cover transportation to school?