School Bus Fleet

JUL 2013

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TOP 50 CONTRACTORS Fewer Fleets Grow Among Top 50 Fifty-seven percent of the contractors returning to this year's ranking report a reduction in their feet sizes or no change compared to last year. Still, the total number of buses in the list increases by 1,609 units over 2012, spurred by signifcant growth from several companies. BY KELLY ROHER, MANAGING EDITOR T his year saw changes in some trends that SCHOOL BUS FLEET had seen among its Top 50 Contractors in past years. In 2013, 43% of the companies returning to the list increased their feet sizes, which is an 8 percentage point drop compared to 2012. The percentage of those whose feets became smaller is 20%. This fgure is up 7 percentage points from last year, and it marks an end to a three-year decline in the percentage of companies whose feets decreased from the previous year. Thirty-seven percent of the companies reported no change in feet size. Interestingly, the total number of buses in the Top 50 grew in 2013. There are 119,562 buses, which is up from 117,953 last year. The increase is due to growth reported by several companies. For example, Birnie Bus Service's feet grew by 205 units for a total of 1,147, and the company moved up three spots to No. 9. Dean Transportation moved up four slots to No. 11 and grew its feet by 193 buses for a total of 1,087. Royal Coach Lines' feet of 595 buses represents an increase of 149 units over 2012, and the company moved up fve spots to No. 20. In terms of movement, AA Transportation Co. Inc. made the biggest jump, ascending seven slots from No. 36 to No. 29. Not on E the list? Steady top 5 The ranking of the frst fve companies remains unchanged. First Student continues its longstanding run in the top spot, with 54,450 buses. National Express Corp. is No. 2 with more than 21,000 units, and Student Transportation Inc. comes in third with 9,500 buses. Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. and Illinois Central School Bus Co. round out the top fve at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, with 5,180 buses and 3,456 buses. These companies' feets refect the overall pattern in the rest of the ranking: less growth compared to 2012. National Express grew its feet by 1,000 buses, and Student Transportation's feet increased by 400 units. However, First Student's and Illinois Central School Bus' feets had no change, and Atlantic Express' feet decreased by 100 buses. New this year One company joined the list in 2013. A.J. Myers & Sons from Export, Pa., comes in at No. 24 with 450 buses. The addition of A.J. Myers & Sons brings the number of companies in the ranking headquartered in Pennsylvania to fve. Pennsylvania is one of fve East Coast states represented by contractors in the ranking, and overall, companies in that region of the U.S. make up 52% of the list. ach year, we attempt to contact every school bus company that might qualify for the Top 50. However, we realize that there are probably still some large contractors out there that we aren't aware of. If your company or another that you know of isn't on this list but should be, please let us know. Send an e-mail to or a fax to (310) 533-2512. Include contact information and the current number of school buses in the company's feet. 46 SCHOOL BUS FLEET • J U LY 2 0 1 3

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