In City Council hearing, MTA, Baltimore school officials discuss bus plans for students

Questions about bus service already are flooding in from the parents of Baltimore students.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Monique Ngomba, standing second from left holding pole, rides a city bus with other students.

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Monique Ngomba, standing second from left holding pole, rides a city bus with other students.

What would the Maryland Transit Administration’s plan to reduce bus service by 20% in January due to fiscal losses from the coronavirus mean for the 29,000 students who rely on it?


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Will crowded buses skip students’ stops to make sure proper social distancing is maintained? For however long classes remain virtual, how would students be able to access schools to pick up meals and other resources?

“It’s going to be delicate dance, I’m not going to lie,” said Kevin Quinn, chief of the MTA. “It’s going to be complicated, and communication is going to really be key.”

As students returned to virtual classes this week, MTA and Baltimore City Public Schools

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Trump Wants To Scrap Cash For MTA, School Disinfection: Pols

NEW YORK CITY — A quiet Trump administration rule change that could pull coronavirus disinfection funding for the city’s subways and schools has New York politicians crying foul.

Sen. Chuck Schumer late Thursday led the furor with an attack on new FEMA guidance that changes payments the federal government makes on COVID-19 response efforts.

Schools, public facilities and subways don’t fall under the new rule, meaning New York City will have to pay for disinfecting, PPE and other anti-coronavirus protection measures themselves, Schumer charged.

He called it a “downright dirty plan.”

“An absurd change like this one—that actually takes money away from New York that’s now being used to clean the subways or prepare schools for classes—is a slap in the face to frontline workers, vulnerable seniors and kids,” Schumer said in a statement. “I have spoken with New York State and New York City and they are telling me

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