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Company History

In 1952, Storer was founded because there was a need for transportation services for the newly developed Special Education programs being developed for children throughout Stanislaus County in California. Walter and Gladys Storer submitted a bid to transport 13 physically handicapped children from their residences to the Washington School site (Modesto, California). The contract was for the period of one calendar school year. Shortly thereafter, Storer was contracted to transport the mentally disabled to the old Prescott School site (Modesto, California). In subsequent years, the addition of the visually and hearing-impaired students were also transported as part of this contract.

Walter Storer, Gladys Storer, and their son Warren Storer were pioneers in the development of the door-to-door school bus service for special needs students. The original fleet consisted of modified station wagons and stretch limousines. These vehicles were purchased, painted school bus yellow, and flashing red lights were installed on the roofs creating the most ingenious looking school buses ever seen in the area! These modified buses served their purpose well until the late 1950’s, when the Volkswagen Micro Bus was brought to the American market, at which time Storer purchased a fleet of 23 VW Buses. In 1967, Warren Storer modified one of Storer’s buses by installing an electric, hydraulic lift onto the rear of the van and thus created the first wheelchair bus in California.

Over the years, Storer has diversified its operations to include contract operations in every sector of the commercial bus transportation industry, logging nearly 18 million miles annually. Storer is proud now be in its 3rd and 4th generation of Storer leadership, remaining under one-continuous ownership since 1952.

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National Recognition

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), which is comprised of more than 900 professional bus and motorcoach companies across the country awarded Storer with its Vision Award. The prestigious award is given to one company in the Nation, who embodies the vision to lead the transportation industry into the future. The UMA Vision Award Winner MUST possess ALL the following attributes:

  • engages in sound business practices
  • has an excellent safety record
  • regularly employs innovative marketing, operations, and customer service approaches
  • is a good corporate citizen within the community
  • raises the standards for all motorcoach companies
  • raises the profile of the entire motorcoach industry

Before this award, Storer was awarded the first-ever Safe Transportation Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award from the California Highway Patrol on September 19, 2010, in Anaheim, CA. Having the CHP recognize Storer as a state leader for safety is one of the company’s proudest achievements. In 2007 and 2009, Storer received the Safety Leader of the Year Award from the United Motor Coach Association (UMA, 2007) and International Motor Coach Group (IMG, 2009). These respectable awards are given to one company in the nation who is recognized in the industry for leadership and contributions in promoting safe and high-quality transportation operations and services.

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Storer has never had an unsatisfactory rating from any regulatory agency in our over 70 years in business. We attribute our outstanding safety record to our extremely high hiring standards, high-quality maintenance standards, and detailed training and safety program. Storer’s internally developed policies, programs, and procedures have been carefully formulated over the past 7-decades.

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