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SBF's 2005 Contractor Showcase

Meet five of the nation's largest school bus contractors, and find out what separates them from the rest of the pack.

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Student Transportation of America

Wall, N.J.

Founded in 1997, Student Transportation of America (STA) is the fifth-largest school transportation and management services company in the United States. Since its inception, the Wall, N.J.-based company has grown its fleet to 3,000 school vehicles.

Its latest acquisitions, completed last year, were Krise Bus Service in Pennsylvania and Ledgemere Transportation in Wells, Maine. Krise operates more than 370 vehicles from 10 locations. The acquisition of Ledgemere became the company’s second location in Maine. Earlier in 2004, STA won a 17-bus contract in York, Maine — its first in the state.

With these additions, STA now operates in 11 states and transports more than 200,000 students daily.

Denis J. Gallagher, STA’s chairman and CEO, says the company provides diversified student transportation services. In addition to owning and operating fleets for public school systems, STA also has a Managed Services Group, its fastest-growing segment, that provides a continuum of services.

For example, school districts that prefer to own their fleets and facilities can contract with STA to provide drivers, training, insurance and vehicle maintenance. The company also offers a new Municipal Tax Leasing Program in cooperation with world-class financial institutions for a “no capital” solution. STA also performs a route optimization review for increased efficiencies.

Along with an emphasis on efficiency, STA also highlights safety. To that end, the company offers what it calls its Signature Program, which is designed to serve four basic purposes:


  • To provide up-to-date information and skills needed to become a professional driver.
  • To ensure efficient and safe transportation.
  • To prevent vehicle accidents and injuries.
  • To be guided by STA’s safety commitment to all customers.
    “Signatures is not a program that comes and goes,” Gallagher says. “It’s a commitment to the highest excellence in safety that every member of the STA team has made and renews every day.”

    Gallagher is an industry veteran with strong family ties to pupil transportation. He got started in the business in 1976 at Coast Cities Bus Co., which was launched by his grandfather in 1922 and later operated by his father.

    In 1997, Gallagher formed STA and has since assembled a top-flight management team with over 200 years of experience in the school transportation industry. STA’s Website is located at

    School buses in fleet: 3,000
    States operating in: 11
    Students transported: 200,000
    Company head: Dennis J. Gallagher, chairman and CEO
    Phone: (888) 942-2250

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