A school bus strike that would leave 152,000 New York City children scrambling to get to school is nearing.
Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union says more than 8,000 bus drivers and matrons will go on strike Wednesday morning.
Parents have been making plans to use subways, carpools and other means of transportation to get their children to class.
City school officials have announced plans to distribute MetroCards to students who can take city buses and subways to school and to reimburse parents who must drive or use taxis.
The drivers' contracts expire on June 30, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the city must seek competitive bids to save money.
The union wants job security for existing drivers maintained under the new contracts.