July 1, 2008: John Silvanie, President of White Plains Bus Company told WPCNR today he saw no relief in sight for the 50% increase in diesel fuel prices his company is facing due to the runup in diesel fuel.He
told WPCNR his
company is locked in to a transit contract with the White Plains City School District
that entitles his
company to fee increases tied strictly to the state Consumer Price Index, which he
said this year is 4%.
The district is presently protected against school bus transportation increases, however they face possible monthly increases in their cost of electricity from the New York Power Authority. (The authority has the right to increase the cost of electricity they sell the district, at one third less than consumers pay, a spokesperson told WPCNR last week.)Silvanie
said that the State School Bus Contractors Association
and other school districts across the state are mobilizing an effort to get the state legislature to provide more school aid to offset the doubling of transportation fuel costs.
Last week WPCNR
had any recourse in extracting more fuel money from the White Plains School District
told me again today what he
told WPCNR then - "We don't have any recourse.
The state cannot, Silvanie
said increase the CPI allowance more than once a year according to the Municipal Bid Law, Silvanie
said unless they changed the law.