The U.S. Treasury Department (CERTS Program Team) recently published a new report on the
CERTS program website titled “Assistance for American Industry – CERTS Summary Report”.
This report contains program performance metrics, as well as the stories of individual grantees.
In a direct communication to NSTA, Treasury thanked NSTA for its continued support of the program,
and for helping the Department achieve this success.

Treasury Summary Report


Our goal is to provide our members with the support they need to be successful in today's challenging times.

School transportation represents the largest form of mass transportation in the United States, as school buses outnumber all other forms of public transportation vehicles almost 3.5 to 1. School buses are the transportation mode of choice by about a third of school-aged kids, who collectively take more than 50 million trips per day. All other forms of mass transportation have 34 million daily boardings combined, and transport only 10 percent of American commuters each day, including children who ride the city transit bus to class - rather than the yellow bus.


Private Contractors

Private school bus contractors account for 38 percent of the nation’s pupil transportation services



Students are significantly safer riding to and from school in a school bus than walking, riding bikes, or riding/driving in their family car. The number of fatalities of school age children traveling to and from school, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), is 70 times higher in passenger vehicles than in school buses.


Daily School Buses

Everyday, 480,000 yellow school buses transport students to and from school


Contractor Employment

Private school bus contractors employ more than 250,000 individuals as bus drivers, technicians, maintenance workers, dispatch, and administrative staff.

You Never Travel Alone

Private School Bus Operators who join NSTA take advantage of our conference and program offerings that help you manage your day-to-day operations. In addition, keep up with the latest industry trends through our podcasts, webinars, and monthly newsletter (NSTA-64). No matter your size or location, NSTA has something to offer you.

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NSTA The Bus Stop

NSTA The Bus Stop

The official podcast of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) launched its first weekly episode in August 2019, and has offered original content each week since then. Distribution commences on a weekly basis, through the weekly NSTA Membership Minute and comes directly to your in-box each Wednesday. Read More

The NSTA Advocacy Team

The NSTA Advocacy Team

Come be part of a winning team, as the Government Relations meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month. NSTA member input remains invaluable, as we represent the organization through our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, in Federal Agencies, and State Capitals, in pursuit of solutions to assist private school bus contractors.Read More

NSTA Live Events

NSTA Live Events

Come join your fellow school bus operators at our regularly scheduled live events each year. In January, NSTA hosts it Midwinter Meeting, and in spring, the group heads to Washington, DC for the NSTA Capitol Hill Bus-In. Lastly, each summer NSTA members gather for the Annual Meeting and Convention (AMC) at various host locations around the United States. Read More

NSTA Library

NSTA Library

This feature is available to NSTA Members only, and through the Library you can access NSTA's Keyword Index of NSTA Toolkits, Written Comments, Discussion Papers, Position Letters, Member Bulletins, Testimony, and Media Releases. Read More

Information That Comes to You Directly

  • Each Wednesday, NSTA provides a timely and informative Membership Minute directly to your in-box. We realize that schedules are busy, and these bulletins are short and straight to the point. They touch upon trending issues or topics and serve as the vehicle to launch our weekly podcast – NSTA: The Bus Stop.

    NSTA Membership Minutes

  • As you know, things come up when least expected, and when they do, NSTA jumps into action by providing timely information to you directly. Membership Bulletins take on a variety of formats – from a “Call to Action” to a “Regulatory Alert”. We distill the information for you and provide a plain talk summary.

    Membership Bulletins

  • Our monthly newsletter, NSTA-64, provides articles, columns, and updates on the latest trending matters in student transportation. From breaking articles on the latest Congressional Vote to an Event Update, NSTA-64 continues to be a respected source of news for private school bus operators.


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Upcoming Events

NSTA Capitol Hill Bus-In
6-7 March
March 6-7 2024
Washington DC

NSTA Capitol Hill Bus-In

NSTA hosts a Capitol Hill Bus-In in conjunction with the Congressional calendar, and gives participants a chance to engage with policy-makers. This event in Washington, DC also highlights the importance of the NSTA Advocacy Team’s work.

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BYD-RIDE Manufacturing Plant Visit
17-18 April
April 17, 2024 – April 18, 2024 (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Pasadena - Lancaster, CA

BYD-RIDE Manufacturing Plant Visit

BYD-RIDE opens its doors for contractors to visit the corporate headquarters in Pasadena- CA, as well visit the 550,000 square foot facility in Lancaster, where over 750 unionized employees work together to build battery electric buses and coaches. Visitors can follow the steps of manufacturer and check all innovations promoted by BYD-RIDE, one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers, specializing in safe iron phosphate batteries, and listed at #15 on the Forbes list of companies changing the world.

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2024 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition
29-30 June
June 29, 2024 – June 30, 2024 (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Austin, TX

2024 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition

On January 22, 2024, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) approved a budget that includes a platform for hosting the 2024 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.

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NSTA Annual Meeting & Convention
21-24 Jul
21 Jul, 2024 - 24 Jul, 2024 ((UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) )
Nashville, TN

NSTA Annual Meeting & Convention

This event remains an annual staple of the NSTA live meeting schedule and is typically hosted in mid to late July in locations around the country. The program combines networking events with professional development sessions focused on student transportation issues.

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NSTA Midwinter Meeting
19-22 Jan
Jan 19-22, 2025 ((UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) )
Maui, HI

NSTA Midwinter Meeting

2024 NSTA is confirmed for January 19-22,  2025 to be held at the amazing The Westin Maui Resort& Spa hotel, where you can experience the essence of Hawaii.  

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Love the Bus Month
1-29 February
February 1, 2024 – February 29, 2024

Love the Bus Month

Love the Bus Month is an annual month-long celebration held each February. The event highlights the important role of the yellow school bus in education and shows appreciation for the professional school bus drivers who safely transport students each day.

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