School bus operator gets $800,000 fine

Boston officials cite company’s chronic tardiness

Boston public school officials have fined the private provider of bus services $800,000 for chronic tardiness, even as 1 in 10 buses are still arriving after the first bell rings.

City and school officials have struggled to get students to class on time since the school year began, when up to 37 percent of buses arrived as much as an hour late. The school system gained a degree of on-time consistency through a series of staffing changes, route adjustments, and micromanaging of First Student Inc., the company under contract to ferry students to and from school.

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