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July 22, 2014

Debate stirs over students on public transit

On Monday August 27th, when school starts again in Minneapolis, thousands of teens will make the switch from traditional yellow buses to public transportation. Students will receive a free pass that will allow them to ride Metro Transit anywhere they’d like between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

But not everyone is happy about it.

KSTP frames the debate as a “War of Words” between the Minnesota School Bus Operations Association MSP and Metro Transit.

The MSBOA believes that public transportation drivers are not trained to handle children and their safety may be at risk.

Metro Transit counters by saying that its drivers are getting a refresher course on dealing with children and that it has reduced crime on its buses by 45 percent over the last five years.

Fox9 focuses on the budget implications of the change and the fact that it could cost the district as much as $1 million dollars to execute this change. The school district believes this option gives students much more flexibility.

This is not the first time concerns have been raised on the matter. Back in April, the Star Tribune spoke with parents who are tepid about their children riding city buses into school.

Watch KSTP’s full report:

Here is Fox9′s report:

Minneapolis News and Weather KMSP FOX 9