30 Day Smart Card Winner for Donation to Schuylkill Community Action “Schuylkill Food Network”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured:  Santa, Cathy and Dave Bekisz, Executive Director of STS.

Congratulations to Cathy Bohn of Pottsville for winning a 30 Day Smart Card!

Cathy donated food items for families in need this holiday season.  Items were collected

at Union Station in Pottsville.  A ticket was given for each food item donated to all participants

and a prize drawing was held on Friday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.   All donations were then 

given to Schuylkill Community Action for distribution to local food pantries.  

Dave Bekisz and all employees of STS want to thank “everyone” who donated to this worthy cause.

 

 

Ecolane “Silver” Award Presented to STS

 

The Schuylkill Transportation System received the Pennsylvania Partner Award from Ecolane ranking STS as second in the state in several categories!  Ecolane is a leading provider in demand-response dispatch and scheduling software in transit, paratransit, NEMT and government industries.

Shawn Schoffstall, STS Scheduler/Dispatcher and Krista Riedel-Yohn, STS Operations Systems Coordinator received the award on behalf of STS while in attendance at the 2018 Ecolane PA Partner Conference held at the Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, PA.  

As quoted by Dave Bekisz:  “My thanks to everyone as this is a team effort, we should all feel proud of this accomplishment.”

 

Check out our Shared Ride Van Group Trips

Hop on one of our vehicles for your next group trip – We’re waiting just for you!

The Schuylkill Transportation System provides group trip transportation for registered senior citizens and persons with disabilities to destinations within Schuylkill County and limited out-of-county services to destinations within a 50-mile radius of the county borders.  Destination choices are unlimited and some of Pennsylvania’s most visited attractions are within the service area of STS.  Shopping outlets, malls, recreational facilities and quality dining facilities are just a few of the locations available to you!  Service is available Monday through Friday with limited weekend service.  Days and hours of service are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 9:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Fares are dependent on distance traveled.  For more information on group trips and rates, please contact the Schuylkill Transportation System at 1-900-832-3322.

*Don’t belong to a group?  Check out the group trip information offered below and call STS for more info!  Customer service representatives Dave and Marianne would love to hear from you.

Union Station Customer Service Representatives Dave and Marianne waiting for your call to travel with STS on a group trip.

*2019 Group Trip List (Click Here)

*2019 “Casino” Group Trip List (Click Here)

STS Receives CNG Vehicles

Executive Director, Dave Bekisz addressed attendees including Commissioners George Halcovage (seated) and Gary Hess (standing) along with members of the Press on October 24, 2018.  CNG vehicles were on display at the St. Clair facility that day.

October 2018: The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) is proud to introduce to the public five new compressed natural gas vehicles.  The vehicles acquired by STS include two 30 ft. and three 35 ft. buses manufactured by Gillig which will be utilized on the system’s ten fixed routes.  These vehicle are to replace five diesel powered buses that have meet their useful life.

Some of the many advantages of fueling vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas include reduced maintenance costs, expanding the vehicle’s life cycle, and promoting a greener environment by reducing less harmful emissions into the air along with less noise pollution.  And since most natural gas consumed in the United States is produced in North America; resources should be readily available for many future generations. 

STS believes their passengers will also benefit when riding onboard a CNG vehicle since the sound level of a CNG engine is considerable more quiet than a diesel powered engine making for a more quieter and enjoyable ride.

The Schuylkill Transportation System anticipates the acquisition of four more CNG powered vehicles in 2019. 

The Schuylkill County Transportation Authority is excited to join other State transit agencies by implementing these CNG buses to serve the residents of Schuylkill County and its visitors.  Along with the advantages of CNG discussed above, these new vehicles are also equipped with many safety, reliability, comfort and IT advancements that will make them great assets for both our riders and STS staff.   

Side view of one of the five new CNG vehicles. Photo taken at the STS St. Clair facility.

Dave Bekisz, Executive Director would like to take a moment to thank the many people and agencies that were essential for making this a reality.  Thanks to the FTA, our partners at PennDot, local government, our Board of Directors and of course all the employees at STS.

Three of the five newly acquired Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles acquired in October 2018 staged at St. Clair STS facility.
Onboard one of the new CNG vehicles-Left to Right: Commissioner Halcovage; Sabrina Smitrovich, HR Director; Dave Bekisz, Executive Director; Sam Detweiler, Maintenance Director; John Consugar, Finance Director and Commissioner Hess

2017 Fixed Route Rider Survey: Final Report

Schuylkill Transportation System surveyed the riders of their fixed route bus service over the period July 5, 2017 to July 11, 2017. The survey was based on a standard survey developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and consists of 15 questions which address customer satisfaction, rider characteristics and patterns in service usage.

STS/CACL FINANCIAL BUS WRAPS

The Schuylkill Transportation System and CACL Financial, located in Pottsville, showcase one of their three full size bus wraps.  Both STS and CACL Financial are very excited to enter into this new advertising effort.  The STS full size bus wrap is the first of it’s kind since the inception of STS transportation services in 1981.  

 

Photo (L) to (R): Jason Kostura, CACL Financial, Chief Executive Officer; Samantha Cuff, CACL Financial, Chief Finance Officer; Dave Bekisz, STS Executive Director; Francesco Mercuri, CACL Financial, Chief Operating Officer; Ed Barket, Chairman of STS Board of Directors

 

CACL FINANCIAL FULL BUS WRAP

 

Jason Kostura, CACL Financial, Chief Executive Officer and Dave Bekisz, STS Executive Director onboard STS vehicle #6161.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STS Recognizes Ed Darker for Twenty Years of Service

The Schuylkill Transportation System would like to extend congratulations to Ed Darker for his twenty years of dedicated service.  Ed holds the position of Maintenance Mechanic Foreman at STS.  Congratulations Ed!

Presenting Ed with his plaque is Dave Bekisz, STS Executive Director while Sam Detweiler, Equipment and Maintenance Manager looks on.
Presenting Ed with his plaque is Dave Bekisz, STS Executive Director while Sam Detweiler, Equipment and Maintenance Manager stands by.