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Student Transportation to acquire four school bus companies
July 6, 2011
The contractor has signed letters of intent for each of the acquisitions, which are scheduled to close prior to the start of the school year in August. They will add more than 150 vehicles to the company’s fleet and annualized revenues of over $7.8 million.
Elliott to stay on in new role at National Express Corp.
July 5, 2011
School bus contracting veteran John Elliott, who previously served as interim president and CEO of National Express Corp., will focus on customer and employee relations and will represent the company within the industry.
First Student honors top-performing managers
June 28, 2011
The company presents its inaugural Presidential Awards of Excellence to contract and regional managers. Officials who rated best-in-class in safety, customer service and overall performance categories are recognized.
LaHood to speak at NSTA meeting
June 22, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary will address school bus contractors at their annual gathering next month. The association also recently recruited U.S. Rep. Tim Scott as a speaker.
Former NFL player to start school bus service
June 20, 2011
Troy Evans forms LBS Bus Service with the hope of helping about 9,000 students from an Ohio school district who will lose bus service next year due to budget cuts. Drivers will be screened, and all of the district's rules and guidelines will be followed.
Krapf acquires Hash Bus Co.
June 16, 2011
Barbara Hash, whose family has been in the business for 50 years, calls the decision to sell “very emotional.” But the long-running school transportation operation now becomes part of another family business, Krapf School Bus Inc.
Bus brings art to Bronx kids
June 14, 2011
A repurposed school bus will serve as a mobile museum, visiting schools, community centers and parks with art and educational exhibits on board. The museum's director tells SBF that children in the borough are "dramatically under-served" in exposure to the arts.
First Student provides shuttle service for cycling event
June 8, 2011
First Student Charter Bus Rental provides transportation to VIPs, media and staff during Stage 7 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Eighteen small buses shuttle more than 600 passengers to and from Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest to view the race.
Congressman to speak at NSTA event
June 8, 2011
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott will deliver a keynote speech to school bus contractors at the NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. Scott has spoken in support of privatization efforts in his state, South Carolina.
First Student recognizes veteran bus drivers
May 19, 2011
Nineteen employees who work for the school bus contractor are celebrating 40 years on the job this year. First Student President Linda Burtwistle says their commitment to the students and communities they serve is commendable.
Student Transportation wins new contracts
May 17, 2011
The company will provide pupil transportation services for operations in Southern California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and northern Ontario in Canada beginning in the upcoming school year. Officials say the contracts will add about 250 vehicles to the company’s fleet and $13 million of annualized revenues.
School bus contractors take cause to Congress
May 12, 2011
At the National School Transportation Association’s Capitol Hill Fly-In, members meet with representatives to push for continued protections for school bus operators, including the federal fuel tax exemption and the ban on transit encroachment. Association President Donald Fowler calls it “by far the best Capitol Hill Fly-In NSTA has put together in many years.”
REMINDER: SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 11, 2011
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond. The deadline has been extended to May 16.
Durham, Stock Transportation celebrate employee appreciation
May 9, 2011
The contractors will recognize their more than 20,000 school bus drivers and support staff this month for their continued commitment to safely transporting students. Employees will be given lanyards with the logo for Enjoy the Ride, the contractors’ new employee relations program.
First Student drivers to participate in AIDS awareness bike ride
May 9, 2011
A team of bus drivers from First Student's school bus yard in San Francisco will participate in AIDS/LifeCycle 10, a seven-day bike ride to raise AIDS awareness. The drivers commit to getting fit, training and raising $3,000 each.
Former owner, president of Virginia bus company passes away
May 4, 2011
Mark D. Fisher started Virginia Overland Transportation with his parents in 1973 as a school bus consulting service. The company grew to provide many types of contracted transportation and also operated bus dealerships. Fisher passed away on April 30 at age 59.
SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 2, 2011
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond. The deadline is May 13.
First Student wins new contract
May 2, 2011
Under a five-year agreement, the company will provide student transportation to the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Conn., as needed during the summer before providing transportation for 360 routes at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
Durham donates services for home renovation project
April 11, 2011
The contractor provides shuttles for the filming of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. One shuttle was used for the volunteers helping to build the home. The other shuttle was used for spectators.
Student Transportation introduces autism education program
April 5, 2011
Employees will learn more about the disorder and how to safely and effectively transport autistic students. The program includes slides with voice-over instruction, a video segment and quizzes.

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