Transit- Atlantic Express bus drivers and school parents will rally on Tuesday against bankruptcy action |

Posted: December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dec. 16, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Parents and 2,000 union school bus drivers slated to lose their jobs come Dec. 31 when Atlantic Express Bus Co. goes out of business will rally against the action in Manhattan on Tuesday.

The Port Richmond-based Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. and its unionized drivers were unable to reach an agreement on Dec. 4, and as a result, the firm that has operated buses in the borough for more than 40 years said it will shut down.

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 will join the parent group, Parents to Improve School Transportation, at a rally at 5 p.m. on Tuesday outside the Tweed Building at 52 Chambers St. in protest of Atlantic Express\’ decision to file for bankruptcy and lay off 2,000 drivers and matrons, said a union spokesman.

\”We are trying to bring attention to the fact that Atlantic Express is going to lay off 2,000 drivers and matrons who are very good at their jobs, and very responsible. The union believes that this is a story that needs to be told,\” said the union spokesman.

Atlantic Express declined to comment on the rally. The city Department of Education (DOE) wouldn\’t comment about whether 109 Staten Island school bus routes have been assigned to another bus company. The union couldn\’t say how many drivers and matrons are Staten Island residents.

\”Bankruptcy court is involved and we are awaiting its process today,\” said Marge Feinberg, a DOE spokeswoman.

Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 5. The company, which has operations in New York, as well as various other states, sent letters to its 5,500 employees last month stating that there will be a \”complete shutdown of its operations,\” come Dec 31.

In addition to the school bus routes, there are two commuter lines — X23 and X24 — operated by Atlantic Express. Last week, South Shore Councilman Vincent Ignizio announced that he had word Academy Bus Company of Paterson, N.J., will take over the two commuter routes, when Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. goes out of business.

Representatives of Academy Bus Company didn\’t return phone calls from the Advance about Ignizio\’s statement.

And the city Department of Transportation, which oversees the bus contracts, wouldn\’t confirm that a deal has been forged with Academy.

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