Councilman invites SORTA, CPS to discuss changes in student busing

A Metro bus travels down Colerain Avenue in Mount Airy, August 19, 2021.
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Cincinnati Councilman David Mann is inviting representatives from Cincinnati Public Schools and the Southwest Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to attend the Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Monday to further discuss the changes in busing for CPS students. 

Mann, who serves as the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, sent the release on Sunday and called the changes to the student bus routes "abrupt."

"I know that SORTA cites a lack of drivers as the main reason for the change, but, if the city had a shortage of Sanitation Workers in a specific neighborhood, we would not send a note to the citizens saying ‘sorry, starting in two weeks, you are on your own,'" Mann said in the statement. 

On August 10, SORTA and CPS announced in a joint statement that the company would not restore its "Xtra" Metro bus routes that were busing CPS students. Instead, CPS students in grades 7-12 are given a bus pass and will ride with other commuters. 

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