The city's paratransit bus schedules are being disrupted with the closing of two companies that provide transportation for disabled passengers. Starting this month and continuing through year's end, Maspeth, Queens-based Atlantic Paratrans of NYC Inc. will steadily lay off all of its 610 employees, and Progress Transit Inc. of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, will do the same with its 244 workers.
Both firms filed Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification forms with the state, and each cited the loss of a contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the reason.
The MTA says it terminated the contracts for financial reasons.
"The integration of fixed-route bus service for some paratransit trips, the expansion of the use of car services and taxis, and the increase in objectivity in eligibility determinations will reduce the need to have so many private transportation firms under contract," according to an MTA statement released Wednesday evening. "The more highly-priced carriers were selected for contract termination."