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We are searching for the 2024 Top Transportation Teams in North America so we can give them the recognition they deserve.  

The Top Transportation Teams Award Program shines a spotlight on the best transportation departments and bus contractors in North America based on anonymous surveys taken by transportation team members. 

Now in its second year, competition is expected to be more fierce as 2023 winners attempt to repeat even as more transportation teams are nominated. The winners will demonstrate how they go above and beyond just “getting the job done,” showing their resourcefulness, creativity and perseverance in building, cultivating and expanding their transportation teams in one of the most challenging times in school transportation history.  

The Top Transportation Teams winners also provide a recipe for how other school districts can improve their cultures as well as their recruitment and retention efforts. 

Like in 2023, the winners will be recognized at a ceremony, written about in School Transportation News, highlighted on numerous social media platforms, and included in news releases, podcasts and webinars. This is a big deal! 


The Top Transportation Teams Award Program is open to any school district or bus contractor serving school districts in North America. 

Why Participate:

  • Bragging rights, pure and simple. To receive a Top Transportation Teams Award provides you and your transportation team with a very special recognition that sets you apart from your peers. 
  • Your transportation team benefits simply by being enrolled in the program as your transportation team members encourage participation among their colleagues. Nothing rallies a team like a common mission. Just the act of being nominated will encourage your transportation team to think about how they are as a team or what it takes to join the ranks of the Top Transportation Teams in North America. 
  • When participating, your transportation team will be answering questions that will get everyone thinking about your operation in a new light and will certainly lead to conversations about how your department or company operates and how your transportation team can get even better. 
  • All participants will receive an overview report summarizing the results. Reviewing these results with your transportation team will give you a conversation starter on what adjustments you may want to make in your department or company. 

Award Program Guide:

What to expect 

STEP 1: Enroll your school district or bus contractor by completing the Top Transportation Teams form. All districts or companies must have the form submitted with employee emails by May 17, 2024. 

This form will collect information such as the main contact person (survey administrator) in your department or company and is where you will upload your district/company information and your transportation team’s email addresses. Your transportation team’s email addresses are critical in order for them to receive the Top Transportation Teams Employee Survey. All members of your transportation team (bus drivers, routers, dispatchers, and anyone else considered a member of your transportation department) must be invited to take the survey. Note: Each email will contain a survey link which is unique and cannot be forwarded to another person.

STEP 2: Prepare your transportation team to receive the survey. Tell your transportation team that you are now enrolled in the Top Transportation Teams Award Program and to expect a survey in their inbox from Please pass this on to your IT team to ensure email deliverability.

STEP 3: Your transportation team members will receive an email with a link to the survey which will ask them to anonymously evaluate their department/employer in a variety of areas. Surveys must be completed by May 31, 2024. The greater the number of employees to complete the surveys, the better your data to review.

STEP 4: Result tabulation. Results will be tabulated to determine the winners. Each participating district and company will receive an overview report.

STEP 5: Awards and publication. In June 2024 the winning transportation team(s) will be notified, and an award will be presented at the STN West Reno conference on July 15, 2024. The winning transportation team(s) will also be featured in STN publication. Top Transportation Teams participating organizations that had employees complete the surveys will receive a report on the survey results for their organization. As a bonus, the top rated departments or organizations will receive full scholarships to the STN Conference in Reno. 

Important notes: You must provide one contact person or more, contact phone number and email address (not the district’s or company’s general email address) in order to be entered in the Top Transportation Teams Award Program. It CANNOT be a public relations company representing another company. 

Important Dates:

Enrollment Ends: May 17, 2024

Surveys Completed By: May 31, 2024

Winners Notified By: June 2024

Winners Announcement in STN: July 2024

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