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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.
NSTA names new marketing, communications coordinator
December 6, 2013
Travis Pryor is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in communications, and officials say he has had several internships in his field of study relating to marketing, public relations and more. Pryor replaces Megan Benfatti, who has left the association to pursue an opportunity to further her website and web development talents.
Atlantic Express to shut down at year’s end
December 5, 2013
After its unionized drivers voted down a new contract offer, the nearly 50-year-old school bus operator says it will close the business. “We gave the union our best offer, which was significantly better than what the new companies in the industry are providing,” Atlantic Express officials say in a statement. “Without this labor contract, we have no choice left but to proceed with the sale of all of the company’s assets and contracts.”
National Express names winners of safety poster contest
November 25, 2013
Robie Hartling from Ottawa, Ontario, wins first prize and receives $1,000 for his “Cross Over Mirrors” artwork. Second prize goes to Pamela Morgan from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for her “Supersafe” entry, and Deanna Davison from Bonner Springs, Kan., receives third prize for “Everyone Deserves a Safe Ride.”
Dell Transportation equips buses with Rosco event recorders
November 25, 2013
The Port Washington, N.Y., operator now has Rosco’s Dual-Vision recorders on its entire school bus fleet. Bob Pape, principal of transportation at Dell, says that the devices have led to lower insurance premiums and have enhanced safety for both the children and the drivers.
STI honors employees for safety excellence
November 21, 2013
The school bus contractor recognizes 11 current employees and two others posthumously with the Wall of Fame award. Managers and general managers nominated individuals at the company’s locations, taking into consideration such criteria as exemplary safety practices, accident-free service, community service and involvement, and reliability and knowledge of company policies and procedures.
Measure to provide funding for contractor rejected
November 7, 2013
M&M Bus Co. operates 74 school buses for Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools, and members of the community reject a referendum that called for raising property taxes by 22 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for a total of $3.35 million for the contractor. The next step will be to submit a waiver to the state.
Atlantic Express files for bankruptcy
November 5, 2013
The school bus contractor cites a union battle, bidding issues and challenging earnings as key factors. The company will continue normal operations during the Chapter 11 process.
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
November 5, 2013
More than 30 Bonner Springs, Kan., firefighters and paramedics participated in the school bus contractor’s training program on bus evacuation to better enable them to assist in an emergency on a school bus. The first responders tested their training hands-on as they explored two styles of buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches.
EPA alleges excessive idling, fines bus company $33K
October 30, 2013
School bus operator North Reading Transportation will pay the penalty to settle EPA allegations that it violated federally enforceable motor vehicle idling limits in Massachusetts. EPA officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of idle-reduction measures.
Health insurance mandate extended for large employers
October 24, 2013
Employers that have 50 or more full-time employees now have more time to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement regarding reporting on the health insurance that the employer does or does not offer. Large employers will not be penalized next year if they do not provide workers with health insurance — the health insurance mandate will not be effective until Jan. 1, 2015, which was extended from Jan. 1, 2014.
First Student names area GM of Alaska locations
October 15, 2013
In the Alaska role, Laura Hansen works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations, financial results, safety, and fleet and maintenance. The First Student veteran most recently served as senior location manager for the school transportation provider's Portland, Ore., facility.
STI uses EarthLink cloud workspace, hosting
September 30, 2013
The school bus contractor will use these virtual services for its IT infrastructure, which will help in controlling numerous applications, extend secure access to employees on any device at any location, rapidly fold in new customers and acquisitions, and satisfy its audit requirements, officials say.
All-Star Transportation driver helps family during fire
September 20, 2013
Heidi Ouellette spots the house fire while on her morning route, secures her bus and approaches the house, where she coaches a woman who had climbed through a window on the second floor of the house and onto the roof to come down. She also helps an elderly woman safely exit the house.

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