All Atlantic Express Routes Successfully Replaced

NEW YORK -

All 1,600 routes scheduled to be abandoned by Atlantic Express Transportation as New York’s largest bus company prepares to close down next week have been replaced, state Sen. Simcha Felder’s office on Monday confirmed to Hamodia.

Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the Senate subcommittee dealing with New York City education, said that the 40,000 children who used Atlantic, including many yeshivos, were successfully switched to other companies. That number represents about 25 percent of the city’s school bus service.

Atlantic’s declared bankruptcy in November forces them to cease operations on Jan. 2. That threw dozens of yeshivos and other schools into a frenzy of switching companies. For most yeshivos, Atlantic’s closure carries much less weight this year since a new law allows reimbursements for private contracts to take home late homecoming yeshivah students.