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Bus driver praised for actions during shooting
February 14, 2012
Police say the driver told the students on his bus to get down out of the line of fire, he was able to leave the scene of the incident and he then called dispatchers to notify police. Although one bullet reportedly hit the bus, no one was injured.
Riteway Bus founder Roland Bast passes
February 13, 2012
The longtime school bus contractor — as well as farmer and auctioneer — was regarded for his dedication to his employees and customers. He launched Riteway Bus in 1957 with four school buses that cost about $5,000 each.
Landmark Student Transportation names president
February 2, 2012
Kirk Flach joins the school bus company in the role, where he will oversee all aspects of its operations in North America. Flach, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, was most recently senior vice president of operations for National Express Corp.
Cook-Illinois launches employee wellness initiatives
February 1, 2012
The school bus contractor has invested more than $22,000 in programs for its drivers, including a discounted membership program with Charter Fitness, and removed junk food and soda from its subsidiaries' vending machines, among other efforts. Employees are reportedly losing weight and interacting with one another more.
Huntington Coach receives $50K fleet equipment grant
January 30, 2012
The National School Transportation Association and Zonar Systems co-sponsor the grant, and it was presented to the school bus contractor during the association’s recent Mid-Winter Meeting. Company officials say the money will be used to finish installing GPS technology from Zonar on its fleets.
Contracting on the rise?
January 26, 2012

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 school privatization survey found that 12.2 percent of districts in Michigan use privatized bus service, which is nearly triple the 2006 rate of 4.4 percent.

Student Transportation honored for anti-bullying efforts
January 25, 2012
The school bus contractor is named 2011 Company of the Year by the nonprofit organization Unique Gifted Loveable You. Student Transportation Inc.'s bullying prevention training programs, which include having drivers maintain a positive bus environment, helped the company earn the accolade.
Durham employees volunteer for student reading program
January 18, 2012
Cheryl Tiemann and Eddy Minze of the contractor’s Brenham, Texas, terminal visit a local elementary school each week to serve as mentors in the HOSTS reading intervention program. Tiemann and Minze work with first-graders, reading to them and listening to them read.
Firm provides financing for Atlantic Express bus purchase
January 12, 2012
Fleet Financing Resources funds $875,000 for Atlantic Express of L.A. Inc. that will go toward five 2012 compressed natural gas-fueled Blue Bird A3RE school buses. The transaction was partially supported by a $225,000 clean transportation grant from Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.
First Student subsidiary buys Quebec bus company
January 9, 2012
With the $8.5 million deal, Autobus Transco begins operating Transport St. Leonard's 150 schools buses. As part of the transition, the experienced drivers will participate in 20 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
DATTCO employees help families in need
January 5, 2012
Seven employees at the bus company’s Burrillville, R.I., terminal spend more than 230 hours knitting scarves, mittens and hats, which are donated to a social service agency.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
January 5, 2012
The contractor has acquired Safe Start Transportation, which has provided home-to-school student transportation services to the North Central region of the state. Officials say the fleet comprises fewer than 200 vehicles.
Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award
January 3, 2012
The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.
Forsythe transfers Anchorage contract to MV Transportation
December 6, 2011
The change was completed on Monday, with the latter company now operating two-thirds of Anchorage (Alaska) School District’s bus routes. District officials say the only difference students and parents will see is that “the name on the side of the bus has changed.”
Student Transportation boosts efficiency, business with cloud technology
November 29, 2011
With independenceIT’s Total Freedom Workspace, a cloud-based information technology infrastructure, officials say the school bus contractor allocates less than 1 percent of revenues to its information technology operations. In addition, the company can incorporate nearly 50 business applications into the cloud infrastructure, and it helps to streamline mergers and acquisitions, as well as audits.
Bus drivers in N.J. city to work on Thanksgiving
November 21, 2011
Some school bus drivers in Lakewood will be working on Thursday, transporting students to private Orthodox Jewish schools that will be open. Last year, most private school families carpooled on the holiday, but after a resident raised the issue at a board meeting earlier this year, public school officials looked into the matter, and private bus companies serving the schools were told they have to work.
NSTA works to uphold school bus contractor protections
November 17, 2011
As Senate committees take up a surface transportation reauthorization bill, the National School Transportation Association puts out a call to ask that senators support provisions that protect private school bus companies from transit encroachment.
Bus company requests dismissal of lawsuit from former driver
November 16, 2011
The contractor is being sued by Ken Webber, who was fired for refusing to take a Confederate flag with the word "redneck" on it off of his pickup truck, which was parked in a lot owned by a school district that the contractor serves. The company says that Webber considered the flag to be an expression of his identity and lifestyle, and that therefore, his flag is not constitutionally protected speech because its message is not a matter of public concern.
Student Transportation adds 700 vehicles in Wis. acquisition
November 15, 2011
The contractor expands into Wisconsin by acquiring Dairyland Bus Inc. and related companies, also adding more than $36 million in annualized revenues and five locations. Executive Mike Pjevach and his team will join Student Transportation Inc.
Atlantic Express expands use of GreenRoad technology
November 10, 2011
The school bus contractor is now using the company’s driving performance and safety management system in more than 2,300 buses serving the greater New York City metro area. Noel Cabrera, executive vice president of Atlantic Express, says that the company chose GreenRoad’s system because it provides an in-bus “coach” that is with each driver every day and on every mile.

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