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11 inducted into Student Transportation Inc.’s Wall of Fame
October 22, 2014
Criteria for the safety-based recognition include accident-free service, reliability, knowledge of policies and procedures, community service and exceptional performance.
First Student promotes bus stop safety during School Bus Safety Week
October 22, 2014
The contractor joins the National Association for Pupil Transportation in raising awareness for bus stop safety during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20 to 24.
New York association backs legislation during School Bus Safety Week
October 21, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association is supporting proposed state bills that call for increased penalties for stop-arm running, tougher penalties for bus drivers who drive under the influence, and other changes.
National Express appoints new CEO to transit division
October 8, 2014
In his new role as divisional CEO of National Express Transit Corp., Gary Waits is responsible for providing vision and leadership, continuing the expansion of the transit division. Waits most recently served as chief operating officer of National Express Corp.'s Eastern U.S. student transportation division.
Durham donates services to Special Olympics event
October 7, 2014
The contractor donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull. Teams from local law enforcement agencies and the general public participated in a tug-of-war challenge on Saturday against an Airbus A300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds.
New York’s RFP law for school bus contracts now permanent
September 11, 2014
The state’s request for proposal law on school transportation contracts will no longer have to be approved every five years by the Legislature. Robert Pape, president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, hails the move as “a big win for student safety.”
New York association to hold 60th annual convention
September 5, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association will hold its 60th annual convention Oct. 17-19 in Port Jefferson, New York. The convention, open to anyone who wishes to attend, will provide information about school bus safety, counterterrorism initiatives in pupil transportation, school bus fleet telematics, and legislative and regulatory developments.
The benefits of aggressive claims collection for school bus businesses
September 2, 2014
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use. The extra revenue can help in increasing the client base and can even be put toward accident reduction initiatives.
For Gallagher, Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth
August 29, 2014

In 17 years, Student Transportation Inc. leader Denis Gallagher has built his company into the third-largest school bus contracting firm in North America. Along the way, he has embraced alternative fuels and new technologies, focused on recruiting good people, and maintained a 95% contract renewal rate.

First Student, Mile Square Transportation partner to serve New York districts
August 25, 2014
The companies form a joint venture to provide student transportation services in the Hudson Valley, Westchester and Bronx areas in New York under the name First Mile Square LLC. The new venture will build on Mile Square’s customer relationships, existing fleet and staff and First Student’s safety practices, training programs and scalable resource model.
Some N.Y. school bus drivers may get more pay
August 20, 2014
The City Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to increase the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg awarded new bus contracts that cut hundreds of millions of dollars from a $1.1 billion school transportation budget. Some of the savings came from removing seniority protection.
STI subsidiary kicks off new school year with new transportation service
August 13, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will host an open house on Aug. 15 to celebrate the launch of its Direct to Parent transportation services in Charleston, South Carolina. The event will feature demonstrations of SafeStop, the company's app, which is designed to allow parents to track the status of their child's bus along its route and receive up to date arrival time information.
Wisconsin School Bus Association names new director
August 11, 2014
Cherie Houser is appointed executive director of the state’s school transportation association. She previously served as vice president of a different transportation-related group: the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.
Denis Gallagher named SBF Contractor of the Year
July 23, 2014
The Student Transportation Inc. founder and leader has led his company through remarkable growth while maintaining a 95% contract renewal rate over 17 years. Gallagher has also been at the forefront in adopting alternative fuels in school transportation — his company has made the largest single order of propane school buses to date: more than 400.
First Student wins award from National Safety Council
July 17, 2014
The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.
First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. wins women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The school bus contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
STI wins 3 conversion contracts
July 8, 2014
The contractor will take on publicly operated school district transportation system fleets in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Idaho. The new contracts will add over 290 vehicles and increase current fiscal year revenues by $11 million annually, according to STI.
School bus company closes after 58 years
July 3, 2014
The Douglas family, which ran Douglas Transportation Inc. for three generations, signed a pact with Oregon-based Western States Bus Services Inc., selling all 12 of its buses and its contract with the school district. School budget cuts had lowered profit margins for the company.
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