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All-Star Transportation acquires Connecticut contractor
December 15, 2014
With the purchase of Worhunsky Corp., school bus operator All-Star adds about 120 vehicles to its fleet of more than 700.
National Express names winners of safety poster contest
December 11, 2014
The school bus contracting firm’s 2014 contest drew more than 230 submissions, and winners in four categories earned $1,000 each.
STA to expand service to Missouri
December 9, 2014
The contractor will provide Columbia Public Schools with 212 new school vehicles. The contract marks the company's first operations in the state.
New York association awards exceptional safety, service
November 20, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association presents four awards recognizing individuals who went above and beyond to provide service to school districts and communities and to ensure child safety.
Student Transportation Inc. adds new board member
November 19, 2014
Barbara Basney, a VP at Xerox Corp., brings more than 24 years of corporate managerial experience to the school bus contractor’s board of directors.
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.
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