The Department of Education (DOE) would like to inform you of the possibility of a disruption in yellow bus service which may impact your child. This possible strike is a result of negotiations between Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit and the union representing the drivers. The Department of Education (DOE) contracts with the bus companies and is not a part of these negotiations.
The possible bus strike would impact 14,500 students – this includes approximately 12,000 in public school and 2,500 in non-public schools. About 600 bus routes in areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island would be affected. Bus routes in Manhattan, the Bronx and bus service providers other than Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit will not be affected.
We are deeply concerned about the impact of a strike on your family and we want you to be prepared and supported in the event one occurs. The DOE will ensure transportation options to meet the needs of all students, including students with disabilities. This includes private car options to ensure a safe and reliable ride to school.
In the event of a strike, the following options are available for families of students who currently receive yellow bus service and whose service is interrupted:
- MetroCards: All students who currently receive yellow bus service are eligible to receive a MetroCard. Parents and guardians of all children with disabilities requiring transportation from their home directly to their school, as well as parents or guardians of general education children in grades K through 6, may also receive a MetroCard for the parent or guardian to act as the child’s escort to school. Should a strike occur, MetroCards will be available upon request at your child’s school’s main office beginning on Tuesday, November 1.
- Reimbursement for Driving or Taking a Taxi or Car Service: As an alternative to MetroCards for parents or guardians whose children receive busing, we are offering reimbursement of actual transportation costs during the strike:
- Parents or guardians who opt to drive their children to school will be reimbursed at a rate of 54 cents per mile.
- Parents or guardians who use a taxi or car service to transport their child to school will be reimbursed for receipts for services received.
- Requests for reimbursements should be made once weekly. Forms and instructions are available at http://optnyc.org/Updates/InfoStrike.htm and in your school’s main office. The forms ask you to indicate on which school days alternative transportation was taken and whether it was for both the morning and afternoon commute.
- Financial Hardships: For families facing financial hardship who are concerned with covering upfront costs of transportation for children, the DOE will pay, at the parent/guardian’s direction, private transportation providers (such as a taxi or car service). Forms and instructions are available at http://optnyc.org/Updates/InfoStrike.htm.
Field Trips and After-School Programs may be affected as well. Your child’s school will notify you of any schedule changes.
We are disappointed in this potential disruption and inconvenience to your family and will continue to be in close communication and provide updates on any developments.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Office of Pupil Transportation at 718-392-8855 Monday through Friday between 5:30 AM and 7:30 PM or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.