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Student Transportation to deploy propane buses in contract renewal
April 30, 2010
Subsidiary Positive Connections has been awarded a contract renewal for a Minnesota school district that includes replacing about 20 percent of the fleet with propane-fueled buses.
FirstGroup America leaders step down
April 28, 2010
President and CEO Mike Murray, a 10-year veteran of the company, will resign his post at the end of this week. CFO Mark Lawton has also left the company, whose business units include school bus contractor First Student.
Connecticut district expects to benefit from outsourcing
April 9, 2010
Regional School District 17 has taken advantage of Student Transportation of America’s stimulus program. The district will receive an initial payment of $830,000 for the purchase of its fleet, which district officials say will free up funding for school facility improvements. STA will also offer positions to all current RSD 17 bus drivers.
Durham fleet achieves 100-percent inspection rating
March 15, 2010
Durham School Services operates 99 routes for Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools and also provides maintenance services for the 70 district-owned buses used for special-education routes.
Contractor Roundtable: The Current Business Climate
March 12, 2010

School bus contractors offer insights on the advantages of contracting in the current economic climate as well as the impact of state and national regulatory issues.

National Express names new leadership
March 9, 2010
David Duke will join the organization as chief executive officer in June 2011. In the interim, John Elliott will assume the role of CEO of National Express Corp., which operates as Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada.
Transportation industry veteran passes away
February 26, 2010
Thomas Gallagher, father of Student Transportation Inc. Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher, had been a consultant for the school bus contractor since 1999. He previously worked for Laidlaw Transit and founded Coast Cities Coaches.
Detroit Public Schools to privatize transportation
February 23, 2010
First Student will transport the district’s nearly 90,000 students with a fleet of about 360 vehicles under a five-year contract that begins on May 1. By the start of the 2010-11 school year, all of the buses will feature GPS tracking and child-check reminder systems, as well as crossing gates.
STA offers 'stimulus plan' to school districts
February 17, 2010
The contractor has designated $100 million to help district-owned pupil transportation operations convert to privatized service with the aim of reducing costs so that more money can be spent on education. STA says it will replace older buses, hire local and existing bus drivers, and purchase equipment and supplies from local merchants.
First Student wins Kansas contract
February 9, 2010
The contractor will serve Wichita Public Schools 259 under a seven-year agreement that will begin on Aug. 1. First Student will manage 600 buses, each of which will be outfitted with a digital video camera, GPS and an electronic vehicle inspection component.
NSTA awards Green Fleet Certification to 11 members
January 29, 2010
Open to all NSTA members in good standing, the Green Fleet Certification program has been endorsed by the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program.
Durham School Services wins Indiana contract
January 25, 2010
The contractor will serve Indianapolis Public Schools under a five-year agreement that begins July 1. The contract is Durham’s first in the state of Indiana. It includes 250 home-to-school routes, supplemental transportation routes, and athletic and field trips.
Pupil transporters affected by Haitian earthquake receive support
January 15, 2010
Student Transportation of America has partnered with the school community in Greenwich, Conn., to provide aid to Haitian-American bus drivers and monitors whose loved ones have been impacted by the disaster. The company is helping its staff to communicate with relatives, and a company-wide donation system has been established.
Fleet program seeks to cut down on crashes
January 12, 2010
Insurance provider The Hartford offers a new suite of risk management tools to its school bus contractor customers.
Student Transportation honors employees, military families
December 2, 2009
Employees receive recognition for years of accident-free service, charitable activities, and heroic rescues. Those with family members in the military were also recognized, as was a driver who previously served a 20-year career in the Air National Guard.
Forsythe serves as industry expert in consulting project
December 2, 2009
The contractor provided school bus industry best practices for a Middle Eastern bus company that recently won contracts to transport 500,000 girls to school, and also developed a strategic plan to help the company in its service.
FirstGroup exec joins safety group’s board of directors
November 24, 2009
FirstGroup America President and CEO Mike Murray will serve on the National Safety Council’s board of directors through 2010. He will help to guide the organization in its mission and serve as a trustee, assisting with development and fundraising efforts.
STA changes name, may sell shares in U.S.
November 20, 2009
Shareholders approve a resolution to change the school bus contractor's corporate name from Student Transportation of America Ltd. to Student Transportation Inc. Plans to list common shares on a U.S. exchange could go forward by fall of 2010.
Contractor supports Relay for Life with comical calendar
November 6, 2009
The “Dudes of Dousman” featured in the calendar include school bus drivers, a manager, a mechanic and even the town mayor. The men bravely volunteered to pose dressed as women.
FirstGroup supports efforts to reduce distracted driving
October 19, 2009
The company backs U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal that would restrict cell phone use and ban text messaging for commercial drivers....

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