This is old news, but the ridiculous Bush-era holdover rule that prohibits public transit agencies from competing with private coach operators for sporting events also applies to public school buses. Many school districts that have high schools well served by transit have stopped using dedicated school buses and instead give bus passes to students. This FTA ruling, which already has resulted in the cancelation of shuttle service to Mariner’s games, will now cost public schools across the state millions, not to mention the costs across the nation, and comes at a time when tax receipts have fallen so precipitously that public schools all over are laying off teachers, shuttering programmes and raising fees for extra curricular activities.
This rule is terrible and has to go. Come on LaHood!
H/T to Oran.