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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.
How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus
September 20, 2013

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies become more efficient and make improvements that could benefit the entire industry.

Kansas Durham location wins regional safety competition
September 10, 2013
Durham School Services in Louisburg, Kan., operates 19 buses and serves Louisburg Unified School District 416, under the supervision of General Manager Cindy Konrade. Three Durham locations tie for second place: South Sioux City, Neb.; Oak Grove, Mo.; and Wyandotte, Kan.
Stock Transportation acquires Ontario school bus operation
September 5, 2013
Stock Transportation Ltd. gains 30 new drivers and 23 additional routes in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, after buying the student transportation division of McLellan Transportation Co. Ltd. McLellan has provided student transportation in the area since 1923.
Suffolk Transportation unveils $6 million school bus hub
August 28, 2013
Officials say that once it’s finished, the seven-acre hub in Brookhaven, N.Y., will help to generate 150 new jobs at the site. In addition to the new 20,000-square foot maintenance, dispatching and training facility, there is a new fueling station, and the company will demolish an outdated structure on the site to make room for more vehicles.
Financial statement presentation can impact bus companies
August 27, 2013
How a business presents its financial statements can mean the difference between lenders making loans to the customer or not. Here, an accounting expert outlines different methods of financial reporting.
Lancer Insurance named to Ward's Top 50 performers
August 26, 2013
The award measures and ranks property casualty insurance companies in performance based on their five-year averages in various metrics. Lancer provides coverage to U.S. transportation companies, including school bus operators.
David Duke named Contractor of the Year
August 22, 2013

The CEO of National Express Corp. refocuses the company on its core values and oversees an acquisition that increases the fleet to more than 20,000 school buses. He aims to provide opportunities for employees to grow while attracting new people to the business, and he remains active in industry associations.   

First Student promotes Bobbie Hartman
August 20, 2013
The contractor names Hartman senior director, marketing sales and support, where she will continue developing and executing customer marketing plans and brand strategies, and oversee the creation and production of business proposals for First Student.
Connecticut school bus contractor got his start at 16
August 19, 2013
In 1944, Charlie Nichols started driving a school bus as a teenager — and then bought the bus company the same year. Now, at 85, he continues to drive a bus every day.
NSTA creates safety education scholarship
August 6, 2013
The contractor association will award scholarships of up to $1,000 for educational (post-secondary education) or continuing education (training programs) purposes to participants of the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition or children of the competitors.
Atlantic Express names new CEO to succeed Gatto
August 1, 2013
The school bus and coach operator appoints David J. Carpenter as its new CEO and president. Founder Domenic Gatto will stay on as a senior adviser to the company until he retires at the end of the year.

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