Westchester County terminates $14M contract with Yonkers bus companyPosted: Updated:
About 100 employees at a Yonkers school bus company are now out of a job after the owner says her contract with the Westchester County was terminated without much notice or explanation.
Phoenix Transportation Services officials say the county terminated its five-year, $14 million contract with the bus company as of Monday at 11:59 p.m.
The bus company owners say they were in the third year of the five-year agreement to transport homeless children from shelters to schools and foster children to see their biological families.
The company says it should have received 30 days’ notice before its contract was pulled.
The county issued a statement saying "Unfortunately, Phoenix breached the contract with the county, and due to that breach the county took appropriate legal steps to terminate the contract. The county's top priority is that children in our care that rely on this service receive reliable and safe transportation.”
Phoenix's co-owner says she's still trying to figure out how they breached their contract. "I don't understand what we did, and I would like an answer. I went to the offices, had no problem with commissioner and working with him. I need something in writing or a meeting. If we did something wrong, tell us," says Phoenix Transportation Services co-owner Marlaina Koller.
Phoenix’s multimillion-dollar contract with the county is the bus company's only contract. Employees at Phoenix Transportation Services say they don't know what they're going to do next.
Phoenix Bus Company officials say it serviced 50 routes in Westchester, transporting roughly 400 children a day.