2013-11-27 / Front Page

MSD prepares transportation contingency plans

Provider facing bankruptcy

Officials in the Massapequa School District are preparing contingency plans for their bussed students in the wake of layoffs and Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filed by Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. — one of the largest fleet of yellow school busses used by school districts across Long Island.

During Chapter 11 bankruptcy a company continues to operate while it tries to work out a reorganization plan. However, district officials say the potential for interruption in service could take place during the month of December.

“We want to assure our residents that we are well aware of what is at stake if Atlantic Express ceases operation,” said Massapequa Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock.  “We are making every effort possible to put an alternate plan in place in the event that some of our service is interrupted.”

The district is also aware that the bus company’s financial uncertainty has led to speculation that the company could be bought by another carrier. There is also the possibility that the company may overcome its financial difficulties and continue operating as it has with prior bankruptcy filings.

However, the priority for the district, Adcock said, is “to ensure that the transportation of our students continues seamlessly and as stress-free as possible.”

The district will continue to update residents through the district website and emailing system. 

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