Industry OverviewFrom all outward appearances, the school bus you see traveling down the road each morning looks pretty much the same as it always has – it’s still yellow and its main purpose is to deliver children to and from school each day. What’s happening on the inside, however, has been nothing short of transformational.
Today’s buses are safer, smarter, more connected and environmentally cleaner than ever before. GPS, telematics, digital video systems, school bus tracking apps and other technology now provide actionable data that can enhance safety, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.
Over 500,000 school buses transport 25 million students to and from school each day in North America, providing nearly 10 billion trips each year. Nearly sixty-six percent of all school buses are owned and operated by public school districts looking for creative solutions to staffing, training and maintenance challenges. The expectations of today’s parents have changed, as well. With safety at the forefront of their minds, they are putting increased pressure on school boards to upgrade their fleets with cleaner alternative fuels and new technology for added security.
STI is the safety leader in the industry and remains ahead of the curve in responding to these changing needs. Statistics show that children who walk, ride bicycles, use public transportation, drive themselves, or ride with other students or parents are not as safe as those who ride the school bus. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Safety is the first and most important mission of every STI employee, and the 1,250,000 children we transport daily are our number one priority.
With one of the most comprehensive safety and security programs in the industry, we take pride in our record for safely transporting your children to and from school each day. We view the challenges faced by school districts and increased parent expectations as opportunities to leverage our reputation and expertise in order to broaden our customer base and provide even more families and communities with the safest school transportation available.