Student Transportation Completes Acquisition In York Region Of Ontario

Student Transportation Completes Acquisition In York Region Of Ontario


Toronto, ON, July 12, 2006 – Student Transportation of Canada (STC), an operating subsidiary of Student Transportation of America (TSX: STB.UN), announced it has acquired Simcoe Coach Lines Ltd., a local school bus operator based in Sutton, Ontario. The acquisition will add more than 110 vehicles and Cdn $5 million in annual revenue and the Company expects the deal to be accretive to cash flow in fiscal year 2007, which began July 1, 2006.


“This is a strategic acquisition that marks our fourth in the province and builds regional density. It positions us to take advantage of the growth being experienced in the rural and suburban areas north of Toronto,” said David White President and Chief Operating Officer of Student Transportation. “The addition of Simcoe’s operations increases our presence in Ontario, as we now have operations in the Waterloo, York Region and Peterborough areas.” The contract with the York Region School Consortium includes a cap on the price of fuel.


Murray Walker, owner of Simcoe Coach Lines stated, “We are pleased that Simcoe Coach Lines Ltd. has become part of this well-run family of companies. We have known the Student Transportation management team for many years and we are confident they will continue the outstanding service we have provided to our communities for the past 45 years.”


The Company said it will draw on its unused credit facility that was paid off with the recently completed $60 million new capital raise to fund the acquisition. The company expects annualized contracted revenues for its Canadian operations to be in excess of C$13 million dollars for upcoming school year.


About Student Transportation


Student Transportation is the fifth-largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America, conducting operations through local operating subsidiaries. Student Transportation has become a leading school bus transportation company by aggregating operations through the consolidation of existing providers and conversion of in-house operations and currently operates more than 4000 school vehicles in Canada and the US. For more information, please visit www.sta-ips.com


Forward-Looking Statements


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For more information contact:


Denis J. Gallagher
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (732) 280-4200
Fax: (732) 280-4213


David White
President and Chief Operating Officer
Phone (732) 280-4200
Fax: (732) 280-4213


Patrick J. Walker
Chief Financial Officer
Phone (732) 280-4200
Fax: (732) 280-4213


Keith P. Engelbert
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: (732) 280-4200
Fax: (732) 280-4213

kengelbert@sta-ips.com