Aurora, IL – Durham School Services (DSS) is proud to announce that Fernando Magana, Maintenance Supervisor at its Aurora, IL, location, has been selected as a finalist for School Transportation News’ (STN) Garage Star. Fernando is one of ten recognized finalists and is featured in the August issue of STN’s magazine. The annual Garage Star feature aims to bring more recognition to maintenance professionals' important role in school bus safety. Individuals are nominated and then selected based on a graded criteria system. Over 160 individuals were nominated for 2022.
Casa Grande, AZ – Durham School Services (DSS), a leader in student transportation, provided charter transportation services for the 2022 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event hosted solely for military veterans with disabilities. The event seeks to foster wider respect for all people with disabilities and took place in Tempe, Arizona. It featured over 600 military veteran participants.
Lisle, IL – Durham School Services (DSS), a leader in student transportation, is proud to announce that it was awarded the National School Transportation Association (NSTA)’s Go Yellow, Go Green Award on Tuesday night, July 26, at NSTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Convention for demonstrating strong commitment and initiative to clean fleets and environmental responsibility. The award recognizes Durham School Services and two of their operations located in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Fairbanks, Alaska, for the steps they’ve taken to transition to a green fleet. As a leading, environmentally responsible company, Durham School Services aims to transition to an all zero-emission fleet by 2035.
Lisle, IL – National Express LLC (NELLC), is proud to announce that David Armitt, Senior Vice President of Operations – East Area, was awarded the 2022 National School Transportation Association (NSTA) Golden Merit Award for his excellence in operations on Tuesday night, July 26, at NSTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Convention. The award recognizes excellence in service, safety, and community responsibility, as well as achievements in operational areas such as safety, driver training, and maintenance.
Brookhaven, NY – Durham School Services (DSS), a leader in student transportation, donated a school bus to the Sound Beach Fire Department to use for extrication safety training, which took place in late June. During the training, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) simulated various school bus accident scenarios where they rescued victims, played by their junior firefighter members (local youth in the community). This donation is one of several made this summer to local fire departments in and around the Brookhaven community.
Phoenix, AZ – National Express Transit (NEXT) is proud to announce that Reno Navarette, Vice President of Customer Success, has been re-appointed to serve on the Arizona Transit Association’s (AzTA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. AzTA is a statewide, not-for-proﬁt association that represents the public and private sectors, including Valley Metro, the regional transit system in and around Phoenix, in advocacy and education for public transportation services and programs.
Greenville, SC– National Express LLC (NELLC) continues to be a leader in the electric vehicle (EV) field through its participation in EV maintenance training hosted by Proterra, a leading manufacturer in electric transit buses. This participation further supports National Express’ transition to an all zero-emission fleet by 2040.
Philadelphia, PA – National Express LLC (NELLC) has donated a school bus to Pennco Tech, a trade school in Blackwood, NJ, to use as a vital training tool for their Diesel Technology Program. The trade school offers diesel, automotive, and collision repair programs, among other trades. The donation, made as part of NELLC’s company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus community outreach program, will allow Pennco Tech students to gain hands-on learning experience working on school buses.
Becomes First School Bus Driver in District 300 History to Receive this Prestigious Award
Fleet Includes 50 Propane-Powered Vehicles with Full Fleet Transition by 2023
Lisle, IL and Wasilla, AK – Durham School Services (DSS), a leader in school transportation, will begin a much anticipated and exciting 10-year partnership with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) in Wasilla, AK starting this July. This will be DSS’ second venture in Alaska as it currently serves the students of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The new partnership with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District will allow DSS to expand its role as a positive change agent in Alaska, contributing to the betterment of the Wasilla community through its Partners Beyond the Bus community outreach program.
Team Members Successfully Complete Lion Electric’s Train the Trainer Program
LISLE, IL – National Express, LLC (NELLC) is proud to celebrate Earth Day and continue its active role in protecting and preserving the planet by advocating for and participating in sustainability initiatives. In celebration of Earth Day this year, National Express’ WeDriveU shuttle division is holding nationwide events promoting shared alternatives to driving to work alone, showcasing EV demos and Earth-friendly seed card passenger giveaways made in the U.S.A. of organic, handmade paper incorporating elements from nature including flower petals and seeds.
TALLMADGE, OH – Petermann Bus, a leader in student transportation, is proud to share that its driver, Paul Kraszewski from Tallmadge, Ohio, has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Tallmadge, honoring and recognizing the outstanding, impactful service he puts forth every day to his students and community. Paul was presented with the certificate by Jonathon Bolas, Ward 3 Councilman, at a city council meeting last month.
LAKOTA, OH – Petermann Bus, a leader in student transportation, recently provided complimentary transportation service to the West Chester ∙ Liberty Chamber Alliance for their Leadership 21 – Criminal Justice Session, a program designed to give leaders a better understanding of the community’s local criminal justice system, as well as to open and maintain constructive dialogue to make the community a better place to live and work. The donation of transportation service to the chamber alliance was made as part of Petermann Bus’ company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program.
Transit Veteran Rick Pulido Appointed to Latinos In Transit Board of Directors
Cameron, MO – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Cameron United Methodist Church to aid in driving children to community events and church mission trips. The donation to the Cameron United Methodist Church was made as part of Durham School Services’ company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program.
Freehold, NJ – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Freehold Independent Fire Company in Freehold, New Jersey. The fire department will utilize the donated school bus to conduct safety and rescue training for fellow firefighters. The donation to the Freehold Independent Fire Company was made as part of Durham School Services’ company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Stock Transportation, a leader in school bus transportation, has received a Certificate of Recognition (COR) for workplace safety for its Edmonton, Alberta location through the Alberta Association of Safety Professionals.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – National Passenger Services (NPS), a leader in school transportation, is proud to announce that its driver Lloyd Ayres has won the title of Favourite Driver of the Year as part of a contest held by Safety Services Nova Scotia for their School Bus Safety Awareness Campaign. Drivers were nominated by parents and students from all over the Nova Scotia, focusing on the importance of safety.
Lisle, IL and New Orleans, LA – A&S Transportation, a leader in charter school transportation, is pleased to share that its partnership with Warren Easton Charter High School (WECHS), which started in August, is off to a solid start. Despite recent challenges related to the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Ida, A&S Transportation has been able to deliver safe and reliable service to the students of WECHS.
LISLE, IL – National Express Transit (NEXT), is pleased to welcome veteran transportation executive, John King to the Company to serve as Senior Vice President of Business Development. NEXT is a trusted expert who uses top of the line safety technology to drive service excellence and long-term partnerships. In recent years, more cities have trusted NEXT as their transportation partner than any other provider.
National Express Transit (NEXT) and UZURV - the Adaptive TNC - Recruit and Fully Onboard FTA Compliant Drivers in Just 50 Days
Lisle, IL and Grosse Ile, MI – Trinity Transportation, a leader in student transportation, will begin serving the students of Grosse Ile Township Schools in Gross Ile, Michigan, this month for the next three years. Grosse Ile is the largest island in the Detroit River and acts as the border between the United States and Canada. This new partnership is significant as it will strengthen Trinity Transportation’s existing community ties with the Detroit metro area.
MACOMB, IL – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Industry Assembly of God, a local church in Industry, Illinois, which is located less than 20 minutes from Durham School Services’ Macomb bus facility. The church will utilize the donated bus to drive students with special needs to youth programs and provide transportation to their elderly community members who attend their church. The donation to Industry Assembly of God was made as part of Durham School Services’ company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program.
LISLE, IL and PARKERTOWN, NJ – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Parkertown Volunteer Fire Company. The donated bus will provide the fire company with an additional means to transport equipment during emergency situations. The donation is a testament to Durham School Services’ commitment to safety, and a part of its company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program, which was established to strengthen customer and community partnerships through volunteering, as well as to raise awareness of those volunteer efforts.
Lisle, IL and Akron, OH – Petermann Bus, a leader in student transportation, will serve the students of Akron Public Schools for the next five years starting this month. Petermann Bus currently serves numerous public schools and districts in the state of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
LISLE, IL – The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) has awarded Jan Hilliard, Durham School Services General Manager, and Michelle Simon, National Express Vice President of Safety Compliance, the Golden Merit Award for their achievements in safety and service. The award was created in 1969 to recognize school bus employees for their achievements in safety, driver training, business practice, vehicle maintenance, and superior service to the school, community, and the student transportation industry.
Lisle, IL and South Park, PA – Matthews Bus Company (owned by National Express, LLC), a leader in student transportation, will bring its customer acclaimed bus fleet to the South Park School District in South Park, Pennsylvania to service the district’s students for the next five years beginning in August 2021. This new partnership further expands National Express’ ever-growing footprint in Pennsylvania and follows a recent announcement by National Express’ Durham School Services and their new partnership with Reading School District located in Reading, PA.
Lisle, IL and Reading, PA – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has formed a new partnership with Reading School District in Reading, PA. Durham will begin serving the students of Reading School District at the end of August of this year.
Lisle, IL and Johnston, RI – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has been chosen by the Johnston School District in Johnston, Rhode Island, to provide transportation services to its students for the next three years. Services will begin this summer, starting July 2021.
Lisle, IL and Robbinsdale, MN – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has been selected by the Minnesota district, Robbinsdale Area Schools, to provide transportation services for their students beginning in July 2021.
Birmingham, United Kingdom and Lisle, IL– National Express Group PLC and National Express LLC are pleased to welcome Carolyn Flowers as an Independent Non-Executive Director and as a member of the Board’s Safety & Environment Committee. Flowers’ role will start June 1, 2021.
Lisle, IL – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, was selected by the Utica City Schools in New York, to transport approximately 10,000 students for the district, to and from school each day for the next five years. Beginning in July, Durham will operate 120 routes that service the students of Utica City Schools.
Lisle, IL and San Clemente, CA – National Express LLC and ALC Schools, safety leaders in student transportation, are excited to announce a new partnership. Through this new partnership, both National Express and ALC Schools will build upon and further grow their existing portfolio of services to the communities and students they currently serve, with an emphasis on the underserved.
Lisle, IL and Fairbanks, AK – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, announced today that new school buses began arriving in Fairbanks, Alaska, for their partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The contract will run for ten years, starting August, 2021. The Company will operate 130 routes and will house its fleet out of two brand new Durham facilities. With this new contract, Durham will hire and train more than 220 team members to safely provide transportation to the students of Fairbanks.
LISLE, IL and TAUNTON, MA — National Express Transit (NEXT), the fastest-growing transit company in North America, in conjunction with the Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) and Spare, a leading provider of on-demand mobility software, are pleased to announce the launch of a new on-demand microtransit service in the tri-town area of Franklin, Foxboro, and Norfolk.
Maplewood, MO – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Maplewood Fire Department in Maplewood, Missouri, used for multijurisdictional fire department extrication training. Clayton, Brentwood, and Richmond Heights fire departments recently combined forces with Maplewood Fire Department for the set-up of training using our school bus to review extrication and lifting techniques to safely check access in the event of an actual emergency involving a school bus.
Harvard, IL – Recently, the Harvard Community School District (CUSD) 50 Board of Education recognized Christina Briggs, General Manager for Durham School Services, for her incredible contribution to the District throughout the pandemic. In a joint effort with Harvard CUSD 50, Durham School Services proudly provided food to students every school day since the beginning of the pandemic, totaling more than 230,000 meals.
Lisle, IL – National Express LLC, a safety leader in student transportation, recently announced the promotion of Liz Sanchez to Chief Operating Officer (COO), North America Student Transportation. Liz is an industry veteran and proven leader in the student transportation business. With more than 30 years of experience, she most recently served as COO & Senior Vice President of the West region for Durham School Services. Liz will oversee the Company’s North American school bus portfolio, including Durham School Services, Petermann Bus, Trinity Transportation, and Stock Transportation.
Lisle, IL and Boise, ID – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, proudly brings industry-leading safety standards to the students of Boise School District. As part of the phased approach to return to in-person learning formed by the district, Durham began safely transporting students as of September 21.
LISLE, IL and DURHAM, NC— National Express Transit (NEXT), the fastest-growing transit company in North America, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a three-year service contract with GoTriangle to operate their paratransit service, GoDurham ACCESS. The contract includes a two-year option following the initial three-year agreement.
LISLE, IL—National Express Transit, the fastest-growing transit company in North America, is proud to announce the return of former CEO, Gary Waits. As the active CEO for National Express School, Gary will transition into the role of CEO of NEXT starting September 1, 2020 and manage both functions. At that time, he will begin to oversee both divisions of National Express LLC (NELLC).
LISLE and CHICAGO, IL—CDT, owned by National Express Transit (NEXT), proudly donated a caravan vehicle to Housing Forward, a non-profit committed to transitioning people from housing crisis to housing stability. The vehicle donation will be used to support their Hotel to Home Initiative.
PHOENIX, AZ - Valley Metro and Total Transit, as part of National Express Transit, honored bus operator Jeff Ivans for driving one million miles without a preventable accident. Jeff has been driving buses since being hired by Total Transit for over 11 years and has demonstrated a dedication to excellence and safety.
This is a time of great pain in our Nation’s history. We stand united with those impacted by racism and inequality; we will not accept such behavior across our organization and we will work to be a part of positive change in the communities we serve.
We want to assure you that we have taken swift and proactive measures to combat COVID-19 as it relates to our operations. The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses, and for this reason, we have put into place new cleaning protocols across our business. Each day, our teams will be cleaning and disinfecting our vehicles by using CDC recommended cleaning solutions. We have also advised our employees to adhere to the CDC guidelines on COVID-19 to reduce transmission of germs and shared posters and additional resources from the CDC website with them to print and post in our sites.
Lisle, IL – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, was selected by the Boise School District in Boise, Idaho, to transport approximately 6,000 students for the district, to and from school each day for the next five years. The contract was signed with a potential five-year renewal agreement. Beginning in July, Durham will operate 117 routes that service the students of Boise.
Lisle, IL – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, today announced a new school bus contract with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in Fairbanks, Alaska. The contract will run for ten years, beginning August, 2021. The Company will operate 130 routes and will house its fleet out of a brand new Durham facility. Durham will hire more than 220 team members in Fairbanks.
LISLE, IL and TUCSON, AZ - Total Transit Enterprises, a National Express Transit Company (NEXT), is proud to announce that it has been selected to operate the Sabino Canyon Crawlers. After more than two months of service, Total Transit Enterprises will begin managing the emission-free electric fleet and provide transportation to the guests of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Lytx®, a leading global provider of machine vision and artificial intelligence-powered video telematics solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, today shared impressive safety improvements from Durham School Services' full-fleet deployment of the Lytx Driver Safety program.
LISLE and CHICAGO, IL—CDT, owned and operated by National Express Transit (NEXT), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a seven-year renewal contract which includes a three-year extension with Pace Suburban Bus (Pace), serving its elderly and disabled customers throughout the Chicagoland area. The company is one of four vendors to be awarded the Pace contract. The renewal is based in part on the Company’s proven partnership with Pace and its best-in-class customer service excellence and innovation.
National Express Transit Corp has acquired Fox Bus Lines, Inc., also known as Silver Fox Coaches, a premier provider of motor coach transportation in the Boston area. This new acquisition allows National Express to further expand its base of retail and contracted coach operations in a key market.
Lisle, IL —National Express is pleased to announce that five separate locations have been granted renewal of the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Blue Seal of Excellence. In addition one new location has recently been awarded the Blue Seal.
Lisle and Chicago, IL – Durham School Services, a leader in student transportation, has donated a school bus to the Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) organization based in Chicago, IL. The bus will be retrofitted, painted and decorated to become a mobile office to help serve the legal needs arising from the lack of opportunity, and racial inequity experienced within the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois.
Lisle, Il – Durham School Services driver Sergio Duenas from San Bernardino, CA (competing in transit) placed second. He had won third place in the same category in 2018. Sergio has been a driver with Durham for eight and a half years. He acts as a behind the wheel trainer for recently hired drivers and prides himself in mastering driving to perfection.
Lisle, Il - The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) awarded Durham School Services Vice President of Operations, Rick Klaus and Area General Manager, Rhonda McKown the Golden Merit Award for their work in safety, advocacy and customer service. NSTA’s Golden Merit Award was established in 1969 to recognize school bus employees for their achievements in safety, driver training, business practice, vehicle maintenance and superior service to their school district, community and the student transportation industry.
Phoenix, AZ -- Valley Metro and Total Transit, as part of National Express, honored bus operator Julie Castillo for driving one million miles accident-free behind the wheel of a bus. Castillo has been driving buses since being hired by Total Transit for over 11 years ago, and has since demonstrated a dedication to excellence and safety.
San Francisco, CA and Lisle, IL -- Kango, the award-winning app-based rideshare and childcare service for busy families, today announced a $3.6 million dollar Series A funding round. The round was led by a strategic investment from National Express, the premier transportation firm which operates a fleet of more than 25,000 vehicles, that includes serving 600 school districts in 30 states, and transporting 1.2 million students on a daily basis. As part of the funding agreement, David A. Duke from National Express is joining Kango’s board.
Chicago — City Tech Collaborative today announced the launch of a new Advanced Mobility Initiative to drive urban mobility innovation, building on the organization’s growing portfolio of solutions designed to make cities work better for their residents.
LISLE, IL--National Express is pleased to announce the acquisition of Total Transit Enterprises, LLC and Discount Enterprises, Inc. (collectively “Total Transit”). The Company provides Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) as well as taxi services in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.
Bob Ramsdell, Chief Safety Officer, Named to TSA’s Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC)
Accelerates WeDriveU’s next stage of growth in corporate and university shuttle markets BURLINGAME, Calif., and LISLE, Ill., April 11, 2019 – WeDriveU, Inc., the leader in transportation solutions specializing in corporate and university shuttles, today announced that National Express Group Holdings Limited has made a strategic investment in WeDriveU. National Express Group Holdings is a subsidiary of National Express Group, PLC, one of the premier transportation firms in the United Kingdom. Serving 30M combined annual passengers, the deal enables customers to leverage the resources, best practices and safety commitment of both transportation industry leaders.
Bismarck, ND – National Express Transit (NEXT), a leading provider of transit services in North America, will begin operating Bis-Man Transit in November 2017. Bis-Man Transit establishes NEXT's first area of operations in North Dakota.
Manteca, CA – National Express Transit (NEXT), a leading provider of transit services in North America, has been awarded the contract to serve the residents of Manteca. NEXT is slated to take over operations in November 2017.
Warrenville, Ill - National Express Transit (NEXT), a leading provider of transit services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cook DuPage Transportation Co. Inc. (CDT).
Warrenville, Ill. –National Express Transit (NEXT), a leading provider of transit services in North America, will begin operating Modesto Area Transit (MAX) in July, 2017. Modesto Area Transit is the fourth area of operations in California for the organization, including the cities of Vallejo, Kern County and Merced.
Warrenville, Ill – National Express Transit's subsidiary Trans Express has partnered with Hornblower to oversee the operations to provide shuttle transportation to New York's Rockaway Ferry.
Warrenville, Ill – Durham School Services—a leading provider in student transportation—has expanded its operations in the New England area, being selected to serve North Providence Public Schools.
Warrenville, Ill – Durham School Services—a leading provider of student transportation—has been selected to serve the students of Carbondale Elementary School District 95.
Warrenville, Ill. – The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), operated by National Express Transit—a leading transportation provider in North America—earned the 2016 Gold Safety Award by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL).
Warrenville, Ill – Durham School Services—a leading provider in student transportation—is expanding its operations in Texas, being selected to serve the Coppell Independent School District (ISD).
Spokane, WA - Durham School Services, a leading provider of student transportation, earned recognition from the prestigious Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal Program. At least 75 percent of technicians performing diagnosis and repairs at a location must be ASE certified in order to qualify for the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program. Each area of service offered in the maintenance shop must be covered by at least one ASE-certified technician.
Centralia, IL - Durham School Services, a leading provider in student transportation, has launched the Durham Bus Tracker app—now available for the parents and guardians of Centralia City grade schools and Centralia JR High, School District # 135 in Centralia. The app allows them to view the location of their child’s bus in relation to their assigned bus stop.
Halifax, NS - Stock Transportation maintenance technician, Ian Moulaison, has earned the prestigious Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician certification.
Indianapolis, IN - Maintenance Technician Brad Miller with Durham School Services has earned the prestigious Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master School Bus Technician certification.
Brenham, TX - Durham School Services earned a perfect score of 100 percent on their recent fleet inspection by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).
Fairview, PA - Lead Maintenance Technician Dana Alvez with Durham School Services has earned the prestigious Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master School Bus Technician certification.
Everett, WA- Durham School Services, a leading provider in student transportation, maintenance team earned recognition from the prestigious Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal Program.
Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) held their 2016 Excellence Awards ceremony during their Annual Conference earlier this week in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Greensburg, PA - General Manager Gloria Housley of National Express Transit, parent company of Westmoreland County Transit, believes in partnering with the community. To initiate her first community outreach effort, she created the "Stomp Out the Cold" campaign on February 18, 2016. Housley and her team partnered together to achieve the goal of collecting two pairs of shoes every day for 50 days and donate them to the Salvation Army. The team embraced the challenge and went beyond and collectedover 250 pairs of gently worn shoes.
McKinney, TX- Durham School Services, a leading provider in student transportation, proudly received a visit from Van Taylor, State Senator, on Wednesday, February 24.