NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The month-long New York City school bus strike has officially come to an end, but the city spent about $20.6 million shuttling children to school in that time.
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the total price tag of the extra transport on Sunday. But Walcott noted that the city actually saved $80 million during the strike because it didn’t have to pay the bus drivers.
The city provided students free MetroCards during the strike. Parents of younger children were also given MetroCards so they could accompany their kids to school. Taxi and car service fare was also reimbursed by the city for kids that could not take mass transit to school. The amount the city spent is expected to rise as more parents submit expense reports, Walcott said.