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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.
New app provides safety info on bus companies
March 28, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's free SaferBus application, for iPhones and iPads, lets users review companies' safety records before booking bus trips. Those without one of the Apple devices can still access the safety database online.
2012 Contractor Showcase
March 27, 2012

In this year’s showcase, regional managers and executives for some of North America’s largest school bus contractors discuss the biggest changes they have seen in their area in recent years.

Student Transportation wins 4 new contracts
March 26, 2012
Two of the contracts are for operations in Connecticut, and the others are for operations in New Hampshire. Officials say the Connecticut contracts will add over $4.6 million in annualized revenues, while the New Hampshire agreements will add approximately $4.3 million in annualized revenues.
Durham raises $10K for Special Olympics chapter
March 26, 2012
Employees for the school bus contractor participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff, Ill., and raise $10,780 for Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Durham also donates bus service to transport the plungers to and from the event location.
Student Transportation awarded 2 new contracts
March 20, 2012
Officials for the company and its subsidiary Student Transportation of Canada Inc. say the contracts, which are each for five years, will add approximately 200 vehicles, $9 million Canadian in revenue on an annualized basis and include fuel price mitigation clauses.
Bus company has 70 routes for school choice program
March 16, 2012
Illinois Central School Bus subsidiary Missouri Central School Bus is serving the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. in St. Louis under a three-year contract. The Missouri State Patrol recently inspects the fleet and officials say it exceeds the state’s excellence standard, with no buses out of service.
First Student adds 41 buses to Mass. fleet
March 15, 2012
Twenty-eight of the new buses designated for the Springfield School District are Thomas Built Saf-T-Liners. First Student also integrates 13 new small buses into the fleet.
Hobson leaves NSTA
March 2, 2012
After about a year on the job, David Hobson departs his position as executive director of the school bus contractor group. President Magda Dimmendaal credits him for his work in membership growth and cash flow management, among other areas.
Contractor offers incentive for safety, attendance
March 1, 2012
Under a new program at North America Central/Illinois Central School Bus, staff members who are free of preventable accidents and workers’ comp claims and have perfect attendance for a given month are entered in a drawing to win a flat-screen TV.

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