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Suffolk Transportation unveils $6 million school bus hub


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From left: Suffolk Transportation Service Executive Vice President Tom McAteer, CEO John Corrado, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency Deputy Director Jim Tullo attend the unveiling of Suffolk Transportation’s new school bus hub. 
<p>From left: Suffolk Transportation Service Executive Vice President Tom McAteer, CEO John Corrado, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency Deputy Director Jim Tullo attend the unveiling of Suffolk Transportation’s new school bus hub.<br /> </p>
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. — On Monday, officials at Suffolk Transportation Service unveiled its new $6 million school bus transportation hub, which will help to generate 150 new jobs at the site.

The seven-acre hub, the school bus company’s first in the town of Brookhaven, was purchased with the assistance of the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA). It is located on Old Town Road in the hamlet of Coram and was formerly owned by the United Bus Corp.

Officials said that when it’s complete, the project will generate 150 new jobs in addition to the 100 employees currently reporting to the site.

“I am pleased to welcome Suffolk Transportation Service to their new, state-of-the-art Brookhaven facility,” Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said. “Thanks to the IDA, this property has been redeveloped and improved, creating much needed job opportunities for our residents that will pay dividends well into the future. When companies like Suffolk Transportation come to our town, it reinforces the fact that Brookhaven is a great place to do business.”

The Brookhaven IDA provided the standard benefits package, and the town of Brookhaven also worked with the company to expedite the review process and permit issuance. In addition to the new 20,000-square foot maintenance, dispatching and training facility, there is a new fueling station, and the company will demolish an outdated structure on the site to make room for more vehicles.

During Romaine’s visit, Suffolk Transportation Service CEO John Corrado presented one of three modified hybrid-electric buses that the company retrofitted to be included in its fleet.

He also noted that solar panels have been installed on the roof that will generate electric power to be used on site.

“I applaud John and the company for taking action to protect the environment and using clean, renewable energy in the operation of their business,” Romaine said.

Suffolk Transportation Service has a workforce of more than 1,500 employees, and it serves more than 25,000 schoolchildren and 10,000 public transit passengers each day. The company came in at No. 13 in SBF’s 2013 Top 50 Contractor Fleets.

In addition to the new Coram transportation hub, the company has two facilities in Ronkonkoma, as well as facilities in Bay Shore, Brentwood and Islip.


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Assuming the location is conducive to decreasing deadhead times for the vehicles stored here, and assuming the school districts using this facility takes advantage of its solar capacity by advocating for the construction of an intelligent hybrid/electric bus (built with a carbon fiber body, not the idiotic International joke with a $50,000 lithium-ion battery on a frame-rail chassis), this is a tremendous project, and its developers and supporters should be greatly commended. Creating 150 jobs is nothing to ignore. Otherwise, I hope these folks stretch the envelope about what else they can accomplish with this facility.

Ned Einstein    |    Aug 29, 2013 07:10 PM

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