DOE: New vendors to take over school bus routes

DOE: New vendors to take over school bus routes

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A deal is in the works to make sure New York City schoolchildren will have a ride to school when classes resume in January 2014.

Atlantic Bus Company filed for bankruptcy protection in November and will no longer be in operation as of December 31.

The bankruptcy court approved the sale of the company's assets, including the buses.

"Vendors are currently signing contracts so that all of our children have bus service on January 2nd," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement. "We would like [to] thank the bus companies that have responded to our call to ensure service when resume schools."

If the city and new bus vendors hadn't been able to make a deal in time, about 40,000 students, including many special-needs pupils, would have had a much harder time getting to school.

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