Student Transportation (STA) Wins New Contract; Expands Into Buffalo, N.Y.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Student Transportation of America (STA) (TSX: STB) today announced that it has secured a new contract with a major charter school in the Buffalo, N.Y. area beginning this school year. The Charter School for Applied Technologies, the state’s largest charter school, has signed a new three-year contract for STA to provide an initial 25 vehicles to transport students to and from school as well as extracurricular activities.
The contract is the first in the area for STA which has purchased brand new vehicles for the start-up beginning next week.
“We are pleased that the charter school has selected STA to provide this important service,” said STA Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher. “We are very excited about the opportunity and will do a tremendous job for them. We have worked very hard this month to assemble a great management team, led by Gene Kowalczewski, a seasoned industry executive from the Buffalo area. We have a complete staff of qualified drivers and mechanics from the local area, a terminal facility and brand new buses. We are ready to roll.”
Gallagher said contract revenues will be approximately $1.5 million in the initial year but that the company is actively looking for additional growth opportunities through new contracts and acquisitions. The company also will provide school bus charter and extracurricular services for many groups and schools in the Greater Buffalo area as well as services for summer camps.
STA has a reputation for being a local hometown company and gaining community support through participation with many local charities. Gallagher said the local team is looking forward to continuing that tradition in the Greater Buffalo area.
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About Student Transportation
Founded in 1997, Student Transportation is the third-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 6,300 school vehicles in North America. For more information, please visit www.rideSTA.com
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Student Transportation of America Ltd.
Denis J. Gallagher
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick J. Walker
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer