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NSTA members meet with legislators on Capitol Hill
April 1, 2014
School bus contractors are discussing key issues with congressional representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the National School Transportation Association’s annual Capitol Hill Spring Bus-In.
Minnesota bus driver strives to be a mentor to students
April 1, 2014
Seventy-four-year-old Paul Aasen began working at Saints Bus Services in 2001, and he says he plans to drive for as long as he’s physically able to. He says he enjoys talking to the students he transports, and in addition to being a mentor, his goal is to encourage them to be respectful.
Durham takes over Atlantic Express' Philadelphia operations
April 1, 2014
Durham will operate student transportation services for the School District of Philadelphia, which adds 364 buses, 320 routes and more than 500 employees to the company’s existing operations. To welcome the newly hired team members, Durham held an employee kickoff event, which included a barbecue lunch and distribution of new safety vests.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
First Student honored for supporting fire academy
March 18, 2014
The school bus contractor receives a 2013 Appreciation Award from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute for donating retired school buses to the institute for training. The institute provides firefighters throughout the world with training in settings that replicate real-life situations.
Delaney Bus Lines supports Pink Shirt Day
March 13, 2014
Employees at the school bus contractor support the Canadian anti-bullying campaign by wearing pink T-shirts on Feb. 26. “We are only a small part of a student’s school day; however, we are committed to keeping our school buses bully-free zones,” General Manager Mark Begg says.
Michigan district extends contract with First Student
March 12, 2014
Under Troy School District’s three-year contract extension with the school bus contractor, 8,000 students in the district will continue to receive school bus service. Doug Meek, First Student area general manager, says First Student looks forward to "working with the district, students, parents and community for many years to come.”
First Student saves 3.2M gallons of fuel with DriveSmart
March 6, 2014
In a blog post on Tuesday, the company discusses this and other benefits of the initiative, which is designed to cut down carbon emissions while simultaneously improving safety. “Smart” stands for: Safe driving, Managing speeds, Avoiding rapid acceleration and hard braking, Reducing idling, and Talking to maintenance.
STA awarded 3 New York contracts
February 24, 2014
Batavia City Schools, Attica Central School District and Williamsville Central Schools will switch from their current service provider beginning next school year. The contracts will generate more than $7 million in new annualized revenue for Student Transportation of America Inc.
Q&A: Fuel tax credit for school buses
February 12, 2014
Web Exclusive: Kim Mahanna, a certified public accountant with Smith Schafer Associates Ltd., provides insight on commonly asked questions related to fuel tax credits based on his 34 years in the accounting business. The questions and answers address why gallons and fuel type matter, claiming a credit and tax deadlines, among other topics.
STI closes acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California operations
February 11, 2014
Officials for Student Transportation Inc. say that the entire process and customer response has gone so well that they were able to move up the closing of the transaction. Student Transportation’s subsidiary SchoolWheels Direct has been managing the operations of the fleet for the past month.
National Express honors ASE master technicians
February 10, 2014
The school bus contractor celebrates 15 employees who achieved their certification at a dinner held in their honor. CEO David Duke says these techs help the company “lead the way” when it comes to going above and beyond state and federal requirements to maintain buses and ensure passenger safety.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K hardware grants
January 21, 2014
At the National School Transportation Association’s Midwinter Meeting, Zonar’s Don Carnahan presents hardware grants to school bus contractors Cook-Illinois Corp.; Sunrise Transportation Inc.; and Acme Bus Corp., Baumann & Sons Buses Inc.
STI subsidiary takes over Atlantic Express’ California operations
January 15, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI)’s SchoolWheels Direct will manage the California school transportation business of Atlantic Express until an asset purchase agreement is closed. Under the court-approved asset purchase agreement, Student Transportation of America (another STI subsidiary) may purchase Atlantic Express’ California assets, contingent on receiving various school district consents and final negotiations.
Contractors target top issues for 2014
January 13, 2014

NSTA President Tim Flood points to the challenges of a regulatory environment that he says could hinder the efficiency of contractors’ operations and increase driver shortages.

Krapf names chief operating officer of school bus division
January 9, 2014
Jim Folkes joined Krapf Bus Companies in 2010 and most recently served as vice president of Krapf School Bus. Krapf Bus Companies has also promoted Shawn McGlinchey to vice president of risk management. He previously served as director of risk management.
First Student names new president as Burtwistle steps down
January 8, 2014
Dennis Maple takes the reins of North America's largest school bus contracting company. He most recently served as president of Aramark Education. At First Student, Maple succeeds Linda Burtwistle, who will step down after a brief handover period.
New contractor takes over bus service at Massachusetts district
January 2, 2014
With the shutdown of Atlantic Express, Hudson Public Schools contracts with North Reading Transportation to provide school bus service for the rest of the school year. District Superintendent Kevin Lyons tells parents that while changing contractors in the middle of the year is not an ideal situation, “we are working hard to help ensure the smoothest of transitions.”
Gatekeeper Systems secures Sheppard Bus contract
December 17, 2013
The company will supply mobile video solutions for the New Jersey-based school bus contractor’s fleet. Doug Dyment, president and CEO of Gatekeeper, says the contract enables the company to expand sales “in geographic regions where there has previously been limited exposure.”
Stock acquires Perry Rand’s student transportation
December 11, 2013
With the acquisition of this division of Perry Rand Transportation Group Ltd., officials say Stock Transportation will gain approximately 100 new drivers and operate 67 additional routes in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

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