School

Providing children a safe ride to and
from school is the single most important thing we do each day.

Bus & Van Operations

Suffolk Transportation Service’s large bus and van fleet operates under the most rigorous requirements for safety, efficiency and cost savings. Our vehicles are continually being maintained and replaced based on a carefully planned schedule, not only to meet compliance standards, but to exceed them. As a result, we proudly hold one of the highest NYSDOT inspection pass rates on Long Island. Our school fleet is supported by dedicated transportation professionals utilizing advanced routing software yielding safe and efficient route sets for our districts. Each of our vehicles come with advanced safety measures including digital road supervision for example driver telematics, advanced child check, onboard digital camera systems and live G.P.S. tracking. Safety technology along with dedicated road supervisors throughout our transportation system supports our drivers and proactively evaluates on the road safety.

SHARED SERVICES

With a fleet of more than 1,600 school vehicles and a van network of 20 school districts within Suffolk County, Suffolk Transportation Service is able to provide an affordable shared-service approach for van routes and driver assistants so school districts in Suffolk County can retain more of their resources for educational purposes. Whenever possible, and always with district approval, children traveling to out-of-district special education and private schools can be transported with children from neighboring districts going to the same or nearby destination schools. This shared service model has been a very significant cost-saver for school districts participating in this initiative.

PRE-K

Traveling to and from pre-school or daycare can create anxiety and concern for younger children and their parents. Suffolk Transportation Service takes its responsibility for our youngest passengers very seriously, and we are committed to providing the safest and most reliable transportation for them. Skilled drivers and driver assistants are trained to be sensitive to each child’s individual needs and to implement the most up-to-date safety measures. You can feel confident that Suffolk Transportation Service will be a trusted partner for parents and caregivers, carefully protecting all of our youngest riders.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Understanding and meeting the needs of our most vulnerable children is critical to all of us at Suffolk Transportation Service. All our special needs drivers and driver assistants are provided additional special needs training by our expert staff. The training covers the annually required Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) program; PJ's Law, which deals with special needs training and strategies for helping to transport these students safely; and supplemental classes that deal with a variety of topics and challenges, as needed. In addition, Suffolk Transportation Service has created our “Travel Training” program, geared toward the high school-age special needs student who will be using mass transit upon leaving the school environment. Working with the local school districts and Suffolk County Transit, this program is designed to build the confidence, knowledge and safety-awareness that will help young riders transition to a productive life after high school.

THE NUMBERS

years in the business

 

 

kids safely transported each day

number of school vehicles

million miles each year

employees

TESTIMONIALS

“It’s important that people recognize quality, because I think transportation shouldn’t just be who’s cheapest, it should be who’s giving us the best value and who’s delivering the best service to our students and our community.”  

Fred Koelbel, Director of Transportation, Port Jefferson UFSD

DISTRICTS SERVED

Bayport-Blue Point UFSD
Bay Shore UFSD
Brentwood UFSD
Central Islip UFSD
Commack UFSD

Comsewogue UFSD
Connetquot CSD
Deer Park UFSD

East Islip UFSD
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Hauppauge UFSD
Islip UFSD
Lindenhurst UFSD
Longwood CSD
Middle Country CSD

Port Jefferson UFSD
Riverhead CSD
Sayville UFSD
Smithtown CSD
Three Village CSD
West Islip UFSD

SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

Professional Bus Drivers

Our drivers undergo an in-depth interview and evaluation

We require a clean pre-employment drug test and ongoing random drug and alcohol testing

Drivers are fingerprinted, undergo criminal background checks and character references

Drivers have commercial driver's license and clean motor vehicle record

Drives receive up to 60 hours of in-house classroom and road training

Drivers are subjected to internal, external and peer road reviews

Drivers receive annual recertification, physical exams, and road supervision

Drivers must complete annual training and refresher courses

Advanced Technology & Safety

We deploy state-of-the-art GPS technology on all our buses to provide the safest, most reliable and efficient school transportation possible

Our parent app allows parents and caregivers to receive real-time bus arrival notifications on their smart phone

Road supervisors utilize multiple software platforms to monitor buses and routes

Child-check safety system with motion sensors helps make sure no child is left on the bus

Anti-bullying and student sensitivity training for drivers and driver assistants

We utilize digital video cameras for enhanced student management and safety

All our facilities are equipped with advanced digital video surveillance cameras that record school bus yards and office activity 24 hours a day

About-History-2

Leading the Industry

Suffolk Transportation Service received a 99% on a voluntary U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security audit -- the highest score in the nation

Our company consistently receives New York State Dept. of Transportation BUSNET program scores of 99%

We earned a 99% on an NIIC (National Interstate Insurance Company) safety report

Suffolk Transportation Service won School Bus Fleet magazine's national School Bus Contractor of the Year Award

The Society for Human Resources Management recognized Suffolk Transportation Service as one of the best companies to work for in New York State

Suffolk Transportation Service was the first school bus operator in the North East to utilize Blue Bird's all-electric school bus in its fleet

A Partnership in Safety

Safety Technology