New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Christina Veiga

Chalkbeat New York After school bus horror stories, New York City council members propose fixes by Christina Veiga

After school bus horror stories, New York City council members propose fixes

City council members are proposing a slew of new bills to address the long-standing problems. One bill co-sponsored by more than a dozen members would require all buses to use GPS tracking, another would create a bill of rights for riders, and another would require the education department to report average travel times for students. Tucked into a bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos is a call for the city to also consider the use of transportation to encourage school integration.

Kallos, who is also behind the legislation to require location trackers, said the city has already allocated funding for the devices in its budget.

“The city just needs to do it. It’s already paid for,” he said. “It is most important for parents and caretakers… so that no one has to worry where the bus is or their child is.”