Magic SchoolBus.com has canceled a bus service that was expected to arrive in a large number of places in the US, including in the New York metropolitan area, according to school officials.
The bus service, scheduled to arrive Friday in New York City, was expected in the region of 200,000 riders.
The cancellation came in the wake of a petition launched by the group Change.org, which says the Magic School bus is an environmentally friendly alternative to other transportation options, especially for students who are allergic to their favorite food.
The petition also cites the fact that the bus has an estimated $1.8 billion price tag and the company has received more than 20,000 comments in support of the petition.
The decision to cancel the bus service came from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the school district, said a school spokesperson.
The Magic Schoolbus is one of the fastest-growing and popular ride services in the world.
The company was founded in 2002 by the late Dr. Jerry Pournelle.
It operates in more than 90 cities in the United States and Canada.
Pournel’s company was acquired by Uber in 2016.
Magic School was originally launched in 2010, when the company was first launched with a simple idea: to give students a safer, healthier and more affordable alternative to a traditional public school.
However, the company experienced an exponential growth in popularity, especially in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
The number of students enrolled in the company grew from 4,000 in 2008 to 8,000 students in 2017.
The new bus service is part of a broader strategy that the company is implementing in response to the climate change and other environmental concerns.
The goal of the company, the spokesperson said, is to “build sustainable business relationships that will lead to sustainable growth.”
The company is also exploring opportunities to partner with companies such as Tesla and Intel to provide energy-efficient transportation, the spokesman added.
In addition to the new bus route, the Magic Bus has been offering students free rides to schools throughout the city for the past year.
The move comes on the heels of a recent petition signed by students, teachers, and parents in New Jersey and across the country, asking the school board to make the decision to terminate the service.
The school board has yet to make a decision on the petition, the school spokesperson said.
“We are excited to have this option available to our students and to support our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Magic School Board President Dr. Peter Sisco.
The New Jersey School Board is also investigating the petition and the petition is being handled by a separate agency, Sisco said.