NY Student Bus Fare Increase

by NYC Firm Schools on August 22, 2009

The commute to NYC Firm Schools and some charter and magnate schools has always been a source of concern for parents, especially when they live further out of the city and their children don’t have nearby trains to provide the trip. These students must rely on Express Buses, which have offered student discounts in the past.

The NY Daily News reported on the change in bus fare for NY students.

Hundreds of city students from the outer boroughs will have to choose between paying more to commute to school in Manhattan this fall or using a longer route.
As part of this summer’s fare hikes, the MTA quietly cancelled the discount on the express buses that gave students half off.
“To pay $11 a day, five days a week, it’s a lot on my family; it’s unfair,” said Johnathan Trosa, 17, who takes the bus to get to Regis High School by 7:30 a.m. from Throgs Neck, in the Bronx.

Last year, the Express Buses served over 800 students per day during a typical school day, and that means that the increase in fare will make a dramatic increase in the fees that many family pay for transportation.

Jeffrey Levine, 48, a social worker whose two daughters will commute this fall from Throgs Neck to the Saint Vincent Ferrer school, will endure a $120 weekly increase.
“It’s going to be hard on my family affording full fare,” Levine said.

Parents, students and elected officials charged it was simply unfair to kids who live far from other forms of transportation.
“We have many students in the outer boroughs who do not live near trains, and they depend on express buses to go to school,” said City Councilman James Vacca (D-East Bronx).
“They’re not a luxury they’ve become a necessity. … There is still time for the MTA to reconsider.”

With economic conditions still deteriorating for many families, the increase in the amount of bus fare money will be detrimental to their finances.

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