axel TRANSPORTATION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY, ADDS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO GROWING CLIENT LIST
axel’s reputation as a caring and reliable transportation company helps garner new contracts
ST. LOUIS, MO, March 12, 2019 — Founded one year ago by Bernie Squitieri, axel Transportation has quickly developed a reputation as a trusted, caring and reliable transportation service that specializes in education and healthcare transportation needs. axel is marking its first year in business with a sizable list of accomplishments, including:
• The creation of 52 jobs, including positions for experienced, highly-skilled workers; sales over $2.2 million; 47 modern vehicles on the road
• Acquisition of Trident Transportation, which includes a transportation contract for outpatient behavioral health programs at SSM Health
• Approval from the State of Missouri to offer transportation services to the Department of Mental Health
• Rollout of the company website, www.axel-trans.com
In addition, axel is pleased to announce new contracts with eight school districts and a charter school: Ritenour, St. Charles, Ft. Zumwalt, Hancock, Fox, Hazelwood, Cahokia, Special School District and Lift for Life Academy – and will begin handling their transportation needs effective immediately. The contracts include special needs students and students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which requires school districts to provide transportation to students who have been displaced by homelessness or are in foster care, enabling them to attend their school of origin.
“We are thrilled that axel Transportation will be handling our student transportation needs,” said Julie Hahn, Ritenour School District assistant superintendent. “We have worked with axel’s leadership team before, and haven’t yet found a more compassionate, reliable transportation team. We’re so glad they’ll be our partners as we work to ensure that a stable education environment is available to all our student populations.”
Each axel vehicle is equipped with GPS tracking, as well as forward-facing and rear-facing camera systems. axel’s state-of-the-art dispatching system enables users to track a vehicle’s location and see its estimated arrival time. The company’s fleet of newer commercial vehicles are well-maintained by ASE certified fleet technicians, and axel drivers are some of the industry’s most experienced transport specialists.
axel president Bernie Squitieri has more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation industry, having founded more than seven transportation-related companies, including ambulance, shuttle bus, taxi and NEMT (non-emergency medical transport) companies that operated in 15 states. Squitieri had sold a previous medical transport business, but the desire to create a new business, as well as the connections he made at schools and social service organizations, drew him back to the industry.
“I received calls from former clients over the years, encouraging me to get back in this business,” said Squitieri. “It’s a special arena, where an understanding of the needs of the people we are transporting, as well as the needs of the institutions that care so much about them, are paramount. You reach a point in life where you realize it’s as important to do well in the care of others as it is to be profitable or successful.”
axel also specializes in non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), including transportation for people with disabilities who need specialized and thoughtful transportation to doctor’s offices, job sites and educational institutions.
In addition to the new school district and Department of Mental Health contracts, axel handles transportation for United Healthcare and several area nursing homes.
axel Transportation is a St. Louis-based company whose founder and leadership team have decades of experience in the passenger transportation industry. axel’s highly trained and skilled staff drivers provide transportation for students, seniors and people living with mental and physical disabilities.
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