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Well done, Brian Zumhagen! You got it exactly right...they are cramming kids onto buses this year, and they just don't seem to care how long they have to travel, as long as the city saves money.
My son--a special needs student--has been put on a bus route that started out taking more than 2 hours (!) each way to his school this month, just nine miles from our house. It has taken literally dozens of phone calls by me and the school to the Office of Public Transportation to get this trip reduced to something reasonable. Hopefully, starting next week, it will be fixed, but it was clear from the moment they released the route information before school even started that the route was ridiculously long. It shouldn't take this long to get it right.
I'm sympathetic to how hard it is to get everyone where they need to go in a timely manner, but this year, the situation has been much, much, much worse for pretty much everyone I know who is bused to school. Everyone's route seems to be longer, and few have seen routes still being shuffled four weeks into school as is happening now.
So thanks for your report, and for bringing attention to an issue that is very important to thousands of listeners like me with kids on the city school buses.
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