October 8, 2013

School bus drivers strike, so Boston kids get lifts from cops

About 600 of the 700 drivers who work for the city’s bus contractor are on strike, affecting about 33,000 students.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — A wildcat strike by Boston school bus drivers has the city finding any way it can to get kids to school.

Representatives from the Boston police and the public school system says officers on patrol are stopping by bus stops to tell families about the strike. And in some cases, they’re actually giving children rides to school. Police are also calling in extra officers to help.

A spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the city’s public transit agency, says schoolchildren will be allowed to ride buses and subways for free Tuesday with a valid student ID card. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

About 600 of the 700 drivers who work for the city’s bus contractor are on strike, affecting about 33,000 students.

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