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Hundreds of TDSB, TCDSB students stranded after school bus delays

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 8th, 2016

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Over a thousand Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board students were stranded Wednesday afternoon because of issues with school buses.

According to TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird, approximately 60 bus routes did not have drivers.

The school boards said Attridge Transportation, Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc. and SHARP Bus Lines are at the centre of the issue.

However, there has been no official word on what went wrong.

“It’s unacceptable. It should never have happened and now we’re following up with the bus carriers to find out how this could have happened – to leave us in such a state,” he said.

Bird said parents of children affected by the bus issues should prepare other means of transportation for their kids over the next few days.

“Unfortunately this will likely continue for the next few days and possibly into next week,” he explained. “We’re actively working around the clock to get this fixed as soon as possible but there will be circumstances where there are significant delays and sometimes buses are not running.”

For the time being, some of the students who have lost their bus service are being shuttled to school in taxies or on other bus carriers.

“We have a very complex system taking 20,000 kids to school and back each day. Sometimes you have a different carrier taking you to school, sometimes you have a different one taking you back,” Bird explained.

For the latest updates on bus service delays click here.

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