N.Y.C. School Kids Face Paying to Ride to School
The cash-strapped agency that runs New York City subways and buses has reluctantly approved a 2010 budget that includes service cuts and could leave New York City children without free rides to their public schools.
Wednesday’s vote by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, which is facing a $383 million budget shortfall, would end the more than 60-year-old practice of giving free rides for schoolchildren, a move that could cost half a million students nearly $1,000 per year in transportation fees.
Yet several Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members characterized the vote as merely the beginning of the budget process. They were required to pass a budget by the...
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