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.
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.
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.
The Schuylkill Transportation System sponsored an accident training program for some local police departments. The training took place at Union Station, South Centre Street, Pottsville from September 25th through the 29th.
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.
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!
Schuylkill County Transportation Authority received an award from Ecolane Software Company for adopting their “best practices” from top down.
Quote from Jason Ellis, Vice President of Professional Services: “An agency is a true reflection of its staff and we love what we “see” in Schuylkill.”
Pictured from Left to Right: Matt Taylor, Ecolane Senior Technical Trainer; Shawn Schoffstall, SCTA Scheduler; Jason Ellis, Ecolane Vice President of Professional Services; Doug Spears, Vice President of Product Development