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School buses sit in a huge parking lot (Theodore Parisienne/New York Daily News)


New York City officials have reached an agreement to buy out the city’s largest school bus contractor, Reliant, in a bid to operate part of the school system’s sprawling yellow bus fleet, city officials announced Monday.

The purchase of Reliant Transportation, which operates roughly 1,000 school buses across 950 routes, is set to go through in the first half of 2021. City officials didn’t immediately respond to questions about how much they’re paying for the company.

“This is a long-term investment that will gradually phase in and provide greater stability and oversight in school bus service in the years ahead,” said schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.

City officials recently reached a deal with school bus providers to resume service this fall after cutting off payments last Spring when schools were shuttered, forcing bus companies to furlough thousands of workers. Continue reading

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