By Rochelle Maruch Miller
The care Guardian Bus Company has for the students they transport extends far beyond the school bus door. They treat our children as if they were their own, guarding their precious lives with the utmost integrity. Guardian’s mission is to ensure that every child has the best, safest, and most worry-free bus ride to and from school. Guardian’s drivers care about “their” kids and their communities, organizing school sponsorships, holding fundraisers and toy drives, raising money for scholarships, donating field trip services, and more.
Based in Oceanside, Guardian is a newly formed subsidiary of Logan Bus Company, which took over the school transportation contracts of Oceanside, Uniondale, Bellmore-Merrick Consortium, and East Meadow school districts from Courtesy Bus Company. Although Guardian is Logan’s first bus operation on Long Island, Logan Bus Company has been providing student transportation for the New York City Department of Education as well as bus charter services to the greater New York City area since 1979.
“Including Guardian, we are a 2,000-bus company that provides transportation year round to over 20,000 students,” explained Corey Muirhead, director of contracts and business development for Logan Bus Company. “When Atlantic Express filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2013, Guardian stepped in and ensured that there was no transportation interruption for the students of the Oceanside, East Meadow, Uniondale, and Bellmore-Merrick school districts. With our recent expansion to Nassau County, Guardian Bus Company has 300 buses, all equipped with air conditioning and an average vintage year of 2007, in Oceanside, Island Park, and Freeport. These locations place us at an advantage, with our extensive geographic reach in Nassau County, as well as parts of Suffolk County and Queens. We are very well-respected by our continuous charter customers as well as the Department of Education.”
With safety, quality, and dependability as the company’s hallmark, Guardian’s buses feature a variety of safety enhancements that make them among the safest in operation. Included among these features are:
Two-way radios. These radios allow drivers to communicate with each other and the dispatcher at the bus terminal, thereby enabling the drivers to have instant communication in the event of an emergency.
Daily Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Inspections. Drivers ensure the safety of the vehicle by inspecting all major operating systems through a planned and systematic routine that is performed before and after every trip.
Sleeping Children Safety Check. At the end of every trip, drivers and escorts check for sleeping children to make certain that no child is left behind.
Examples abound of how the bus company assists the community. When Hurricane Sandy endangered the lives of the residents of Queens, they volunteered 100 buses and personnel in order to aid those residents who were in need of transportation to appropriate designated shelters. In addition, they provide transportation free of charge to the office of Joseph Addabbo in order to transport senior citizens to various shopping, entertainment, and recreation venues.
The company has had a 30-year relationship with the Queens chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America, an organization which provides afterschool and weekend services to many of the youth in our area. The provision of meaningful activities will always lead to a better community for all. Their support consists of free buses for various trips as well as generous monetary donations. One of the highlights of their donations is the “Logan Bus Company Day of Fun.”
“In our effort to fight childhood obesity, we have been an active supporter of Little Leagues,” Mr. Muirhead explained. “Our support has again consisted of generous donations in order to further the athletic goals of the leagues.”
Their commitment to helping children who are ill is demonstrated by the company’s association with the St. Mary’s Hospital. “In particular, during the holiday season, we provide toys and games that have been preapproved by the hospital,” says Corey. “Not only have we developed a relationship with St. Mary, in particular, but also our charitable work has extended to being a major supporter of the Toys for Tots program. The company donates hundreds of toys and games each year for distribution to children through their program.”
The dedicated men and women of the FDNY and NYPD are most deserving of our respect and appreciation. “Knowing the tremendous debt we owe our uniformed men and women, we donate transportation services to the 102nd and 106th Police Precincts for their golf outings,” says Corey. “When called upon by either the FDNY or the NYPD we provide buses free of charge to accommodate the transportation needs during wakes or funeral services.”
Deeply rooted in our community, Guardian is truly committed to the safety and well-being of our children. As loving and devoted parents, the administrators of this family-run business share many of our values, interests, and concerns. When called upon to sponsor an event, trust Guardian to respond with gracious generosity, as with Project H.U.G.
Guardian Bus Company provides safe and efficient transportation for field trips, birthdays, bar/batmitzvahs, weddings, sporting events, parades, and private charters. For further information, please call 516-SAFE-BUS or e-mail Info@Guardianbus.com. v