Years later, city installs school-bus tracking system
The city Department of Education is launching a pilot program to outfit school buses with GPS devices about four years after the City Council called for the measure to safeguard children.
Fifty buses are being outfitted, Spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said Wednesday. They will be tied into the citys information grid that now tracks emergency vehicles.
The City Council will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that would require the city to install GPS units in all 6,000 school buses. The program would cost about $600,000, said Councilman John Liu (D-Queens), a bill sponsor.
It costs too much not to do this, Liu said. On the second day of school, a five-year-old child was missing for five hours on a bus.The Council sponsored similar legislation in 2005, but shelved it because the DOE testified that a GPS tracking system would be running in the buses by 2006, Liu said.
Feinberg said city officials will testify about the bill Thursday.