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Stock Transportation driver honored for service excellence
June 11, 2012
Donna Graves is named the 2011-12 School Bus Driver of the Year by the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations. Graves, who has worked for Stock Transportation for more than 12 years, was nominated by Shatford Memorial Elementary School, where she transports students.
Durham School Services wins R.I., Minn. contracts
June 7, 2012
Under a three-year agreement with the Burrillville School Department in Harrisville, R.I., the company will operate 27 home-to-school routes and 34 buses beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Durham’s contract with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Minn., is reportedly the company’s first in the state, and it will operate 100 buses for the district.
STI subsidiary wins new contract
June 5, 2012
In addition to securing the contract, Student Transportation of America Inc. signs two non-material letters of intent to acquire two school transportation companies. Officials say the contract and acquisitions will add over 190 vehicles to the fleet and annualized revenues of over $9 million.
First Student awards $8K in scholarships
June 4, 2012
Four high school seniors at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska, receive the money from the school bus contractor, which will help cover the cost of college or vocational school tuition. In other news, First Student is providing shuttle service at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash., through Labor Day.
Ill. bill would set new rules for awarding bus contracts
May 31, 2012
The General Assembly passes House Bill 4029, which would require that school districts award school bus contracts by first considering the bidder most able to provide safety and comfort for students, and stability of service. Then price may be considered. The legislation now awaits approval or veto from Gov. Pat Quinn.
Birnie Bus adds over 200 units with new contract
May 30, 2012
The Rome, N.Y.-based company will start work on a new school transportation contract in Duval County, Fla., in August. The pact will increase Birnie's fleet by about 221 large buses.
STI honors military employees and families
May 29, 2012
The contractor asks its more than 9,000 employees to recognize those at the company who have served in the armed forces or are in active duty as part of Military Appreciation Month. The recognitions will continue throughout the year.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
MV Transportation's revenue up 14%
May 22, 2012
The company reports record revenue of $829 million in 2011. Also last year, MV subsidiary Reliant Transportation made two acquisitions in the student transportation market and became one of the 50 largest school bus contractors in the U.S. and Canada.
National Express Corp. hosts weight loss competition
May 22, 2012
Employees from Durham School Services and Stock Transportation lose a total of 8,610 pounds over 10 weeks as part of the parent company's inaugural "School Bus Slim Down Challenge." Officials say the program was so successful that the company plans to sponsor it again next year.
Barker Bus to turn over fleet every 5 years
May 17, 2012
The school bus contractor will replace 20% of its fleet with new buses each summer. Don Bickel, interim operations manager, tells SBF that after five years of replacing older buses, the company expects to save nearly $250,000 per year in maintenance costs.
Petermann deal ups National Express fleet to 20K buses
May 7, 2012
With the merger now complete, the Cincinnati-based school bus contractor will join National Express' Durham School Services brand. Petermann CEO Pete Settle calls National Express "the perfect home for Petermann."
Bus contracts change hands to meet antitrust approval
May 3, 2012
National Express and Petermann will divest eight school bus contracts to proceed with their proposed merger, the Department of Justice announces. The contracts and vehicles will be sold to Student Transportation Inc.
NSTA covers safety issues, funding in D.C.
April 27, 2012
The school bus contractors association meets with U.S. congressmen and senators on Capitol Hill. Topics covered include funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act and the relationship between public and private busing.
STI honors employees with appreciation week
April 23, 2012
The school bus contractor designates April 23-27 as Employee Appreciation Week to recognize drivers, dispatchers and mechanics for their dedication to service and commitment to safety. Company-wide celebratory events are scheduled throughout the week, and Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher expresses his appreciation in a video to employees.
Forging a successful partnership
April 12, 2012

The strain of managing an in-house transportation department was running Hempfield Area School District ragged. Contracting out to First Student brought equipment and safety improvements, all while cutting costs.

TV show features Mich. contractor’s hybrid buses
April 11, 2012
The Clean Cities Success series of the public television program MotorWeek covers Dean Transportation’s four Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2e units. Director of Development Patrick Dean discusses the benefits the company has seen as a result of running the buses.
National Express names chief operating officer for transit
April 9, 2012
The school bus contracting company appoints Mike Rushin to the newly created role, where he will be responsible for growing and overseeing all transit operations in North America. Rushin most recently served as president of transit services for TransCare.
$4K awarded in school bus safety challenge
April 5, 2012
National Express Corp. holds the challenge for its customer service centers, aiming to reduce preventable accidents and work-related injuries. Blue Bird sponsors the awards, with $1,000 going to each of four regions.
Insurance firm offers contractors bus safety training
April 2, 2012
School bus companies insured by Safety, Claims and Litigation Services LLC will receive the Driver Training Course by School Bus Safety Co. as part of a loss control services package. Officials from the firm say they feel that using the course will make children safer while reducing the cost of risk to customers.

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