At its recent annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) presented awards to individuals and companies for achieving excellence within the school bus industry. Top among the honors, The Trans Group received the first ever company-wide Gold Certification from the NSTA’s Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program — an award that was reviewed and endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus USA Program. Headquartered in Spring Valley, New York, The Trans Group is comprised of 11 school and public transit operations serving lower New York State and Long Island.
“We are honored to receive this important industry recognition for implementing the latest clean diesel technologies and reducing our overall environmental impact,” stated Trans Group President John Corr, Jr. “We operate over 1,200 school and public transit buses and are very aware of our responsibility to the environment. I am proud of the measures we have taken to improve our fleet but also our facilities. We use idle-reduction technology on all buses, as well as retrofits of facility lighting and oil-heat and water-heat systems in order to reduce energy consumption. Whether we’re reducing the use of paper with digital filing or researching solar power options, everything we do is with an eye towards improving the environment. We thank the National School Transportation Association for recognizing our efforts with its Gold Certification.”
The Trans Group has been honored in the past by the National School Transportation Association for its environmental efforts and was recently awarded grants through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Rebate Program to help replace older school buses. According to the EPA, the National Clean Diesel Rebate Program was designed to encourage school bus fleet turnover so more children can ride buses with the cleanest emissions standards.
With more than 1,700 employees, The Trans Group is actively involved in the school bus industry. For more information, visit www.thetransgroup.com.