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Struggling to get to school: The effect of state transportation cuts on public school students, families

from Building Resilient Regions

Poor populations in the Bay Area have less access to public transit today than they did in 2000. As low-income folks move out to the suburbs they are living farther from rail stations making it harder for them to get to work and to access needed social services. But turns out low-income populations in the city of San Francisco are also having trouble getting where they need to go — local public school children specifically. As noted in a recent piece at TransportationNation, state budget cuts have forced the city's school district to cut bus services to 98 percent of high school students. Middle and elementary school students are also affected and more cuts are likely on the way, with the district expecting to lose more than 30 percent of its transportation dollars next year, according to the report. more

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