Source: School Bus Fleet, March 9, 2016
Student Transportation of America (STA) has won a new contract to provide transportation services to the Morongo Unified School District beginning Aug. 1. The 1,400-square-mile district is located in the southernmost part of the Mojave Desert, between Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. The five-year contract, valued at $3.7 million annually, includes renewal options and a public-private partnership for the use of two district-owned facilities, along with the district providing the fuel. … Company officials said that STA was able to suggest various cost-saving measures to Morongo Unified School District, including streamlining the roles in staffing and converting to more cost-efficient vehicles for some of the district’s rural routes, which often have lower ridership numbers.