Boston Public Schools Avoids 3rd Straight Day of Busing Issues

School buses depot at Freeport and Dorchester Ave on August 26, 2014 in Dorchester.
School buses depot at Freeport and Dorchester Ave on August 26, 2014 in Dorchester. –The Boston Globe

After two days of turmoil surrounding busing for the Boston Public School system, Wednesday was the first day this week without much concern over how students will get to school.

On Tuesday night, BPS officials said that 181 buses would be needed for Wednesday morning and that all routes were expected to be covered. The only hitch could have been with 15 drivers who, as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, had not confirmed they would cover their assigned routes. Because on-time service was not something BPS felt it could guarantee, officials once again urged parents to be prepared with a back-up plan for getting their children to school.


But just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, school officials said that “all routes are running and are generally on time this morning with a driver ready for every busy.’’

Wednesday’s problem-free morning came after two days of severe headaches caused by the uncertainty of busing. On Monday, some buses failed to show up, giving parents little to no warning that they would have to find another way to get their children to school. Tuesday brought many of the same concerns, as BPS officials worked up to the very last minute to fill bus routes. Some buses ran up to an hour behind schedule as supervisors were called on to fill vacancies.

While Wednesday was less hectic, severe problems could arise again later this week or next week. On Tuesday, only 32 charter schools and special education programs were in session, but more schools will open as the week goes on. That means the number of buses required each day will increase, and with traditional public schools opening next week, BPS is hoping to have any conflict with the drivers union resolved by then.

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