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FirstGroup America donates $112K to nonprofit
February 6, 2013
Officials for the parent company of pupil transportation provider First Student Inc. say that employees raised the money for Children's Miracle Network through direct-deposit donations, company contributions and employee fundraisers. In other news, First Student Charter Bus Rental provided shuttle service for the Super Bowl held in New Orleans last Sunday.
Labor board finds NYC bus driver strike legal
February 1, 2013
The now two-week-old strike by unionized school bus drivers in New York is found to not violate the National Labor Relations Act. The strike began on Jan. 16, with the union calling for the continuation of job protections that Mayor Michael Bloomberg contends "the city is not legally allowed to provide."
Krapf Bus donates phones to 911 Cell Phone Bank
January 29, 2013
The school bus contractor recently updated its cellular network and searched for an organization that would put the old phones to good use. Krapf decided on the 911 Cell Phone Bank, which provides law enforcement with free emergency cell phones for seniors and victims of abuse.
Zonar awards $50K grants to school bus companies
January 24, 2013
Don Carnahan, vice president of business development for Zonar, presents the grants to five contractors at the National School Transportation Association’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting. The money can be used to outfit school buses with the hardware parts needed to utilize Zonar technology.
N.J. school bus associations merge, form new group
January 17, 2013
The New Jersey School Bus Owners Association and the Garden State School Bus Contractors Association merge to create the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association, which comprises members from more than 30 school bus companies. Officials say the merger took place “to better coordinate efforts as they relate to pupil transportation matters within New Jersey.”
11 batteries stolen from contractor's buses
January 17, 2013
First Student serves Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in New Jersey, and officials say the thefts earlier this week caused some buses to run late in the morning. The news follows an incident last week in which batteries were stolen from 16 school buses in Florida.
FirstGroup America names human resources exec
January 9, 2013
Tim Young joins the company as senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, where he will oversee the human resources, labor relations and benefits function of First Student and First Transit. Young will also supervise the payroll division for all of FirstGroup America.
Founder of Lamers Bus Lines passes
January 4, 2013
Lyle Lamers passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 97. He started the school and charter bus company in 1944 with his wife, Ellen, and reportedly drove buses for the company until he was 72 years old.
Partnership to provide accident recorders to school bus contractors
January 3, 2013
Mobile surveillance systems supplier Zen-tinel teams up with Safety, Claims and Litigation Services, an affiliate of National Interstate Insurance Co. The insurance provider will offer Zen-tinel’s accident event recorder technology to contractors through its customer loyalty program.
Durham School Services wins first Ga. contract
December 28, 2012
Officials say the school bus contractor’s five and a half year agreement with Peach County Schools in Fort Valley is its first in the state, and that Durham now operates in 32 states. Durham operates 38 routes for Peach County Schools, transporting 3,500 students daily.
Student Transportation Inc. wins its biggest contract
December 18, 2012
The school bus contractor will serve two Nebraska school districts with about 530 vehicles, including more than 400 new propane buses. Company officials say that it will be the nation's largest propane-powered school bus fleet.
All National Express safety directors earn certification
December 6, 2012
The school transportation company’s safety directors are all certified by the Institute for Safety and Health Management. The credential covers a broad range of safety principles, such as risk assessment and mitigation, ethics and law, health and wellness, and emergency preparedness.
Krapf names planning and business exec
December 5, 2012
In the role of executive vice president of strategic planning and business development for Krapf Bus Companies, officials say Bradley D. Krapf is responsible for leading the organization’s continued growth efforts and ensuring that the Krapf brand maintains its high standards of safe, dependable and customer-focused transportation services.
STA buses aid to Hurricane Sandy recovery
November 28, 2012
Yellow school buses driven by Student Transportation of America drivers rumbled into New York and New Jersey earlier this month bringing relief and welcome supplies, donated by STA coworkers and residents of the communities they serve, to help families recovering from the superstorm.
School bus driver honored for military service
November 15, 2012
Bill Wilson, a driver for Student Transportation Inc. company Elgie Bus Lines, served as a Canadian military police corporal. “My military experience has prepared me very well” for transporting students safely, he says.
National Express holds employee safety poster contest
November 9, 2012
Employees at subsidiaries Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann design 120 posters that communicate operational safety messages. The top five submissions will be displayed at all National Express facilities to serve as a daily safety reminder.
Student Transportation launches holiday donation drive
November 7, 2012
To help families in need, the company and its operating subsidiaries, Student Transportation of America and Student Transportation of Canada, are collecting nonperishable food items, clothing and household items at their more than 150 locations across North America.
NSTA names new communications, marketing manager
October 31, 2012
Megan Benfatti joins the school bus contractors group after having established her own business and having led marketing campaigns and special events. She will work in government relations on behalf of NSTA and will be responsible for all internal and external communications.
First Student names new location manager
October 15, 2012
Joe Eversole oversees all transportation operations for four lots in Cincinnati. He has more than 14 years of experience in the pupil transportation industry, including serving as location manager for First Student Columbus, Ohio, from 2010 to 2012.
Atlantic Express’ Domenic Gatto to retire
October 9, 2012
The founder and CEO of school bus contractor Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. will step down from his post on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the industry. Officials say a search for Gatto’s replacement is underway, and once the new CEO is in place, Gatto will serve as a consultant for the company.

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