January 28, 2021

De Blasio announces ‘long-term’ investment in bus transportation for NYC kids

NEW YORK — The city says it’s investing in a partnership with a company providing school buses in an effort to provide “greater stability, flexibility and oversight” in transportation for New York’s schoolchildren.

This comes on the heels of the city establishing a not-for-profit to oversee school bus inventory and employees called NYCSBUS. They’re partnering with Reliant Transportation, who already specializes in busing for special education students and runs around 950 busing routes for the city’s Department of Education each year. NYCSBUS “will offer employment to the current Reliant workforce and work with labor partners to develop acceptable collective bargaining agreement terms to prevent any workforce disruption.”

“We are doing everything we can to guarantee safe, fast, and reliable bus service for the students who need it most,” said Mayor de Blasio in a statement. “This agreement delivers on that promise and makes a lasting investment in our school communities

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De Blasio Ignores His Own Transportation Experts As Cyclist Deaths Rise And Traffic Gridlock Returns

In May, as the city continued to fight to keep down its coronavirus infection rate, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed transit experts to a Surface Transportation Advisory Council. “These councils will provide real world guidance to ensure our plans to reopen the city make sense and keep people safe,” de Blasio said in a release.

The transportation experts submitted a long list of ideas to the mayor this summer. Among the suggestions: aggressively expand street space for pedestrians and ramp up bike lane installation with the goal of doubling ridership; come up with a plan for restricting vehicular traffic in Manhattan like the city did after 9/11, “should traffic congestion surge”; and come up with a “robust communications plan” to help New Yorkers get out of their cars and find other ways to get around.

The de Blasio administration did not respond to the panel. Nor did they respond to

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