Our school bus division (operating under the names Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc., Suffolk Transportation Corp., Suffolk Transportation Systems, Inc., Suffolk Transit Service, Inc. - all New York Corporations) has been in business for over 70 years as a school bus transportation provider. Our public transit division (operating under the name of Suffolk Bus Corp.) has been in business for over 70 years as well. The Company was purchased by John A. Corrado in 1970. Prior to 1970, Mr. Corrado ran the school bus division of Varsity Transit in Queens, NY, with over 1,000 drivers and vehicles under his supervision. Varsity Transit was a division of Green Bus Lines, a company that Mr. Corrado's father and father-in-law helped establish over 80 years ago. Today Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. and Suffolk Bus Corp. are owned and run by Mr. Corrado's son John J. Corrado, who has been the President of the Company since 1995 and has essentially grown up in this business. John J. Corrado is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BBA 1986) and he is a Certified Public Accountant. After a career in accounting with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, John J. joined the family business in 1988 as Treasurer. Today, cherished photographs of Joseph Tino, John A. Corrado and Michael Corrado, the three original family bus drivers, hang proudly in the hallway of our corporate office at 10 Moffitt Boulevard in Bay Shore. The Compan's fleet has grown from 35 school buses and 15 transit buses in 1970 to over 1,400 school buses, 80 transit buses and 143 paratransit buses today.
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Suffolk Transportation has designed a maintenance program to fit a very diverse population of vehicles. We perform complete services on several model transit vehicles as well as large buses, vans and lift buses of all makes and sizes. We currently maintain a fleet of over 1,400 school buses, 82 transit buses and 143 paratransit buses. All of our maintenance is performed under the review of the NYSDOT where our inspection pass rate is 98.9%. Our staff of over 90 mechanics are all cross-trained on maintaining a variety of vehicles and power trains. Because of our state-of-the-art facilities (which include a mechanic training center in Ronkonkoma) and our compensation package, we have our pick of the best mechanics with a turnover rate of less than 5%. Our mechanics are supervised by a team of 8 dedicated, full-time shop supervisors with 200 combined years of experience that provide another layer of expertise and oversight that is unique to our industry. We have an ongoing bus maintenance training program that is taught by the vehicle manufacturer and hosted by us at our facility in Ronkonkoma (4,000 square feet of this new building is a dedicated classroom with a two bay training shop attached for mechanic training). We also host the NYSDOT staff for their training at our facilities and with our equipment. Along with our mechanical expertise comes a fully integrated computer maintenance system, which we have custom designed for our Company. This system tracks repairs and parts usage to give us accountability and accuracy. This system has the ability to provide every mechanic access to our automated vehicle history right at their workstations on the shop floor. Please find below the scheduled preventative maintenance program followed by our mechanics.
All school buses are inspected by the NYS Department of Transportation every six months. It is a very detailed inspection lasting approximately one hour per vehicle. The inspectors are employees of the State with heavy maintenance backgrounds. The inspection includes a review of the entire vehicle as well as the operator pre/post-trip inspection reports and the vehicle maintenance records. If any item is out of specification, the vehicle fails inspection and the item must be corrected before the vehicle can be used.