WALL, N.J., May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Student Transportation Inc. ("STI") (TSX:STB) (Nasdaq:STB), North America's third largest provider of school bus transportation services announced that its subsidiary, Student Transportation of America, Inc. (STA), has been awarded a new five and a half year contract with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) in California. The $10 million annual contract was recently awarded, but will begin service in January 2015 as per the agreement with the County. The company will receive roughly half that amount in its fiscal 2015 year, which begins this coming July.
The contract was recently awarded with the school district to change from the incumbent provider. STA will provide 133 new, ultra-low-emission vehicles and 31 propane autogas vehicles as well.
"This is a great addition to our rapidly expanding fleet in California," said Don Kissell, Regional Vice President of STA. "With the acquisition and integration of the Atlantic Express assets we acquired in February, we will have added almost 600 vehicles to our operations here for next year. We bid on the SBCSS operation over a year ago, but they couldn't end the contract with the current provider at that time. So they bid it again this year and we were awarded a multi-year agreement. The January start is unusual but gives us plenty of time to properly set up our facility, bring drivers in for safety testing, and perform a route optimization analysis before we take to the road following the winter break."The company also said that all major contracts that were part of the previously announced acquisition of assets of Atlantic Express of California completed in February have been extended. That acquisition of 425 vehicles and approximately $26 million in annualized revenues expanded existing service contracts with the Los Angeles Unified School District and added new contracts with the Long Beach Unified School District as well as many private and charter schools in Southern California.