May 19, 2015 - New York’s Top Drivers Use Trans Tech Buses in School Bus Safety Competition

Valley Cottage, NY – The Type-A buses driven during the 44th Annual New York State School Bus Drivers Competition were manufactured by Trans Tech.  More than 100 drivers took part in the competition held at Rockland Lake State Park, on Saturday, May 16th

“It’s great to see Trans Tech Type-A buses put through their paces during this highly competitive event,” said Trans Tech President John Phraner. “It’s only fitting that the toughest small school buses on the road, from New York’s only school bus manufacturer, were driven by New York’s best school bus drivers during a safety competition.”

The day began with a written exam on school bus safety, and then went throughout the afternoon with driver’s testing their skills in a variety of hands-on situations from vehicle inspection, to loading and unloading students, to turning and stopping, railroad crossings and more.  

The Trans Tech Type-A buses were provided by Quality Bus Service based in Sparrowbush, New York.

Here’s the list of this year’s top finishers:

Small Bus/Van (Type A):

1st – John Moore - Suffolk Transportation

2nd – James J. Baumer, WE Transport

3rd – Djymi Aide – Chestnut Ridge Transportation, Spring Valley

4th – Lakisha Thomas - Baumann

5th – Donna Brown – Suffolk Transportation


Conventional Bus (Type C):

1st – Mitchell Mattison – Monticello CSD

2nd – Vicki DelVecchio – First Student, Pine Bush

3rd – Cheryl Wyman – Monticello CSD

4th – Robert Tomassi - Chestnut Ridge Transportation, Hillburn

5th – Joanne Wright - Baumann 


Type D:

1st – Manuel Beltran – Croton Harmon School District

2nd – Bill Vivian – First Student, Rochester

3rd – Daniel Farley – Quality Bus Service

4th – Thor Hendrickson – Durham School Services

5th – Jose Torres – WE Transport

Rookie of the year:

Lakisha Thomas - Baumann


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Photo – (l) John Moore of Suffolk Transportation, winner in Type-A Bus category.

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Photo – Trans Tech buses ready to roll out for a day of competition.