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Recent developments with several of this year's largest school bus contractor companies.


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Barry Stock has been a fixture in the pupil transportation community since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988. The current executive vice president of business development for National Express Corp. will retire at the end of July.

Barry Stock has been a fixture in the pupil transportation community since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988. The current executive vice president of business development for National Express Corp. will retire at the end of July.

School bus industry veteran to retire

Longtime pupil transportation stalwart Barry Stock announced that he will retire at the end of July.

Stock, currently executive vice president of business development for National Express Corp., has been a fixture in the school bus industry since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988.

The company, based in Ontario, Canada, merged with two other school bus companies in 1992 to form Stock Transportation. The Stock family grew the business to 2,200 buses before it was acquired by National Express in 2002.

(National Express also operates Durham School Services in the U.S.)

“Barry has made tremendous contributions to the school bus industry, Stock Transportation and Durham School Services,” said John Elliott, president and CEO of National Express. “He is a well-known and respected leader in the industry who has been instrumental in advancing our business to where it is today.”

Stock has been affiliated with many industry groups during his years in student transportation. He served as president of the National School Transportation Association from 2008-09, and he has been a key figure in the American School Bus Council.

“I am proud to have been associated with such great talent within these industry organizations as we have collectively worked to positively position the school transportation industry,” Stock said.

In 1997, Stock was named SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Contractor of the Year. Then, Terry Thomas, president of Community Bus Services in Ohio, pointed to Stock’s innovative ideas as one of the major reasons for his success.

“He is in the business of doing the right things the right way,” Thomas said in an interview with SBF at the time. “He has a commitment to excellence, and he doesn’t just use it as a buzz word.”

In announcing his retirement, Stock described his career in pupil transportation as “exhilarating and rewarding” and said he is grateful for the colleagues and customers he has worked with.

“I am comfortable that the time is right to retire,” Stock said. “I know Durham School Services and Stock Transportation have a strong leadership team in place and that these companies are well-positioned for the future.”


First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar’s electronic fleet management solution, which includes the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections.

First Student to outfit 60,000-vehicle fleet with Zonar

SEATTLE — First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar Systems’ electronic fleet management solution, which will be added to the school bus contractor’s entire fleet of 60,000 vehicles.

“We have been working with Zonar over the last six years, first as a pilot customer, then as a full-service solutions provider,” said Gary Catapano, First Student’s senior vice president of safety. “Zonar has proven itself to be a valuable partner, providing a unique solution that enables us to support our primary business objective of delivering the highest level of safety and security to our customers and the 4 million students we transport to and from school each day.”

The agreement includes deploying Zonar’s full suite of applications: the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections; the V2J Vehicle Diagnostic Device for tracking and managing of assets and real-time transmission of vehicle subsystem data; and Ground Traffic Control, a Web-based data and fleet management application.

“We are pleased to have been chosen by First Student,” said Brett Brinton, president of Zonar. “It’s a win/win for fleet managers, drivers and riders alike because our unique solutions lead to better-maintained vehicles, improved driver and passenger safety, and more efficient operations.”

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