PATERSON, NJ – In continued efforts to ensure the safety of students utilizing private bus companies contracted to provide transportation for city students, the district and US Student reached an agreement at a special hearing on October 11 reducing the number of routes operated by the company.

In addition to losing the Dale Avenue bus route where two previous incidents took place, the company will no longer operate two additional routes. In total the routes are worth $123,922.

The company will also be fined $38,911 in relation to the previous incidents, and be barred from submitting bids for additional routes with the district in the 2017-2018 school year.

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Following the decision by A1 Elegant bus company to also remove itself from bidding on these bus routes, the district plans to award new bids.

“I want to assure our parents and guardians that I take safety matters very seriously and I stand firm on my stance that our bus companies must follow all proper procedures,” said Acting Superintendent Eileen Shafer in a statement. “We cannot jeopardize the safety of our students.”

Shafer also said that she plans on closely monitoring all of the transportation services of the Paterson Public Schools.