BROOKLYN - Public school bus drivers and matrons finally turned in their picket signs to return to their normal routes for the first time since the beginning of a five-week strike.

More than 150,000 students citywide were left without their regular mode of transportation when drivers walked off the job last month. Many students were forced to take public transit.

Now that the strike is over, parents are relieved after having to readjust their schedules and find new ways to transport their kids.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 went on strike last month in the hopes of getting job protection. The strikers did not receive what they went on strike for, but many mayoral candidates promised union leaders they would explore the issue further after the election.