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Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
April 13, 2015

Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.

Study: 24% of Michigan districts contract out transportation
March 30, 2015
Ten years ago, only about 4% of school districts in the state outsourced school bus services, according to a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
STA awarded $3.7M contract with Pennsylvania district
March 25, 2015
The contractor will provide Pine-Richland School District in Pittsburgh with 77 propane-fueled school vehicles starting with the 2015-16 school year.
92 Blue Bird propane buses included in STA’s new Colorado contract
March 23, 2015
The manufacturer’s school buses will power the largest “green fleet” of school vehicles in Colorado, according to Blue Bird and STA.
School bus safety event to educate parents, school officials
March 18, 2015
The demonstration day, to be held by the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the Suffolk Region PTA, will highlight safety features on school buses and driver training requirements.
First Student donates bus for search-and-rescue training
March 16, 2015
The retired bus went to the Philadelphia-based Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which trains dogs in explosives detection and locating missing people.
First Student gives children access to winter coats, free skating program
February 19, 2015
A driver in Minnesota organizes a coat drive for needy students. Meanwhile, the contractor provides students in Cincinnati with transportation to a free after-school ice skating program.
New York contractors call for sales tax exemption for school buses
February 5, 2015
The move would help taxpayers and school districts save nearly $14 million per year, according to the New York School Bus Contractors Association.
Student Transportation locks in lower fuel costs
February 4, 2015
The school bus contractor has been locking in prices with fuel vendors for fiscal year 2016. Company officials expect more reduction in fuel expenses next year.
First Student kicks off customer initiative for Love the Bus
February 3, 2015
“I Care + We Care = Customer Care” sets simple age-appropriate behavior expectations for students and provides positive reinforcement tools for good behavior. Team members also focus on ensuring school buses are clean and well-maintained.
John Elliott Jr. joins National Express in VP role
January 29, 2015
Elliott, the son of industry veteran and former National Express CEO John A. Elliott, is named vice president of operations for the school bus contracting company.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K grant
January 19, 2015
New Jersey contractor B.R. Williams wins the grant to outfit school buses with the hardware needed to use Zonar’s technology systems.
New York association donates over $5K to charities
December 31, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association recently presented the United Way of Long Island with a check for $3,640 and the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund with a check for $1,610.
Rhode Island city may privatize bus monitor service
December 30, 2014
Providence seeks cost estimates for privatizing school bus monitors to save money on a tight budget as it puts a new contract agreement out to bid. The city’s municipal employees’ union plans to oppose any attempts to privatize the service.
First Student, Ohio district partner for coat drive
December 19, 2014
The contractor partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools to hold a coat drive to benefit nearly 150 students in the district. First Student employees collected coats at the company's four Cincinnati-area locations.
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.

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