Updated at 12:22 a.m., Jan. 16, 2013
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City school bus drivers were just hours from walking off the job Tuesday night, and thousands of parents were scrambling to find alternate transportation.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, the drivers made their final pickup Tuesday afternoon. Students got their last ride home before the drivers take to the picket lines Wednesday morning.
The kids seemed oblivious, but their parents were making plans.
“If I have to take him on the subway to school then I have to take him on the subway to school,” said parent Scott Van Dyke.
And there was no idea Tuesday night how long the strike could last. The uncertainty and inconvenience was most profound on special needs children, who may have no good alternative to the school bus.
“I’m assuming he’ll have to stay home for the time being,” one woman said.
As the strike loomed Tuesday afternoon, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott spoke with WCBS 880 and said Local 1181 was “taking an action against our students,” which he said would “hurt our students in the long run.”
“They’re asking us to do something that’s illegal and we’re doing the responsible thing,” Walcott said.