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City Council To Hold Hearing On School Bus Route Changes

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Parents who remain unhappy with the Department of Education's new school bus routes will get a chance to vent their frustrations at a City Council hearing Tuesday.

The hearing will be held in two parts to accommodate the large number of parents expected to attend.

Hundreds of parents across the city have complained of having to re-arrange their schedules to accommodate the new school bus routes and schedules, which went into effect last month. Some parents say they've had to take their kids to school by mass transit, losing time at work because of the extra commuting time.

The changes were announced as far back as June, but many parents were still taken by surprise when the routes were implemented mid-school year and during some of the coldest days in years.

In response, the city increased the number of operators on the 311 helpline, but many parents say the operators have been unable to provide the necessary information.

A private consulting firm hired by the city said the new bus plan could save $12 million a year.

Town hall meetings have already been held in Queens and Brooklyn, but Tuesday’s hearing will be the first time parents from all five boroughs will have a chance to public air their concerns to the City Council.

The first hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. in the City Council chambers. The second is scheduled for 5 p.m. across the street on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway.

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