One-hundred-fifty-five bus routes serve about 3,500 students and the city's bus contractor, Veolia, said they had 148 bus drivers confirmed to work Tuesday afternoon. They planned to assign seven supervisors to pick up the additional trips. ?This comes after the school system sent a warning to parents letting them know that the city was still negotiating a new contract with the bus drivers' union and that there may be a lack of drivers.
Bus drivers staged a one day strike in 2013 that left thousands of Boston students at their stops without warning.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city has been told the drivers would give 72 hours notice before any strike.
Walsh released the following statement Tuesday, "I'm being updated regularly on this situation, and have been informed that Veolia and the bus drivers union continue to negotiate a new contract in good faith. I expect that they will reach a resolution that will provide certainty for all families every day. This is what students and parents deserve. The current situation, however, does not appear to be about a new contract. It is unfortunate that a small group of drivers have refused to participate. I'm incredibly frustrated, and I know that parents, students, and school administrators and staff share this frustration. This is unacceptable, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that students get to and from school safely."The MBTA is free for students all day Tuesday. The school department has a website for parents to check to see if their child's bus is running. Visit: schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org.
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