Recession-proof jobs available at Student Transportation of America

       Company Hosts Online Job Fair to Recruit School Bus Drivers for
     Part-time Career Opportunities in 10 US States and Ontario, Canada

    WALL, NJ, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Beginning next week, Student Transportation of
America, Ltd. (STA), (TSX: STB), one of North America's fastest growing school
transportation providers, will hold an online job fair to fill school bus
driver positions now available in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and
Ontario, Canada.
    The online event, which begins Sunday, February 1 and continues through
Sunday, February 22, 2009, is part of the company's strategic plan for
continued growth in the $15 billion school transportation industry. STA has
more than 6,000 employees and currently operates more than 5,600 school
vehicles transporting students to and from school safely and on time each day.
    Interested candidates may visit the company's website at
for information, job qualifications and an online application. The company's
human resources team will contact candidates to arrange interviews at local
STA terminals. The need for drivers is especially great at the following

        -  Danbury, CT
        -  Coraopolis, PA
        -  Epsom, NH
        -  Lakewood, NJ
        -  Santa Barbara, CA
        -  San Jose, CA
        -  Los Angeles, CA

    "Kids have to go to school despite the ups and downs of the economy,"
said Dina Cooper, STA director of recruiting. "Budget deficits are prompting
many more school districts to consider the benefits of contracted student
transportation and we're expecting to win a record number of new business bids
in the coming months. This growth is driving our need for additional
employees. Job cuts at other transportation businesses mean the pool of
qualified drivers and mechanics has grown and we're looking forward to
welcoming these well-qualified men and women to our growing team."
    The STA family of local companies offers a professional work environment,
flexible schedules, competitive wages, group medical plans and outstanding
opportunities for growth and promotion.
    School bus drivers transport children to and from school each day on
established routes. Additional extracurricular runs (sports and field trips)
and charter work also may be available. Typical runs are during morning and
afternoons and average 20 to 30 hours per week
    "We're looking for people who enjoy making a difference in children's
lives, "said Cooper. "This is a great job for Moms who want to have the same
schedules as their school-aged children, retirees and college students looking
for extra income."
    Job requirements include a clean driving record and the ability to pass a
Department of Transportation physical, a pre-employment drug test and a
criminal background check. Experienced bus drivers with Commercial Driver's
Licenses (CDL) with P and S endorsements are preferred, but free training will
be provided for good drivers without school bus experience. STA's training
program includes classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction to prepare
candidates for CDL written and road examinations.
    In addition to job openings at local terminals, STA continues to fill key
positions on its regional and national management teams to keep pace with
growth that has exceeded 20 percent over the past 10 years. Transportation
professionals interested in management positions also may apply online at, email their resumes to or call 732-280-4200.

    About Student Transportation
    Founded in 1997, Student Transportation is the fourth-largest provider of
school bus transportation services in North America, conducting operations
through local operating subsidiaries. Student Transportation has become a
leading school bus transportation company by aggregating operations through
the consolidation of existing providers and conversion of in-house operations
and currently operates more than 5,600 school vehicles in North America. For
more information, please visit

    Forward-Looking Statements
    This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of applicable securities laws, which reflects the expectations of
management regarding STA's results of operations, expense levels, cost of
capital, financial leverage, seasonality, cash flows, performance, liquidity,
borrowing availability, financial ratios, ability to execute the STA's growth
strategy and cash distributions. Forward-looking statements generally can be
identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will",
"expect", "intend", "track", "targeted", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe",
"should", "plans" or "continue" or similar expressions suggesting future
outcomes or events. These forward-looking statements reflect STA's current
expectations regarding anticipated future events, results, circumstances,
performance or expectations, which are not historical facts. Forward-looking
statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and should not be read
as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be
accurate indications of whether or not or the times at which or by the
performance or results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause our
actual results to differ materially from the results discussed, expressed or
implied in any forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf,
including, but not limited to the factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in
our Annual Information Form. These forward-looking statements are made as of
the date of this news release and, except as required by applicable law, we
undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information:

For further information: INVESTOR CONTACTS: Student Transportation of
America Ltd., Denis J. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer;
Patrick J. Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Keith
P. Engelbert, Director of Investor Relations, (732) 280-4200, Email:, Website:; MEDIA CONTACT: Lynette
Viviani, (973) 968-7929 office, (973) 534-1004 mobile,

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