Sept. 8, 2010 Staff Report
Some elementary school students who live in the Big Six apartment complex in Woodside are being forced to walk to school today– due to bus service cuts.
The Department of Education has dropped its bus service to children who live at the Big Six apartment complex who attend PS 229. Therefore, the children are walking to school crossing hazardous service roads for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and other dangerous intersections.
Yesterday, a group of parents and politicians held a rally to condemn the loss of the bus service.
“The Department of Education cannot balance its budget by risking the safety of our school children,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “The money they plan to save cannot be worth the cost of risking a child’s life.”
Congressman Joseph Crowley described the lack of the bus service as “simply unacceptable,” adding “that this is why we are calling on the Department of Education to reinstate the bus … and provide kids with a safe passage to school once again.”
Last week, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey walked the route the children would take to school. At the time, she said: “There is something seriously wrong with the Department of Education’s review process when it decides the walking route to PS 229 is now safe for these young children after providing bus service to them for many years.”