Pete James established Chautauqua Transportation Services, Inc. (CTS) in 1989 to provide various training and consulting services, for the component school districts of two Boces Districts in the Western New York area. Prior to that he had been involved in School Bus Driver training since the early 1970’s, and has been an active participant in the State Education Department’s Certified Instructor and Master Instructor programs and DMV’s Certified Examiner program since their inception. He has served in many capacities as a representative of the bus industry at the local, state, and national levels. He also has a background in motor truck operations and training. Since leaving the position of Transportation Director for the former Chautauqua Central School in 1996, CTS has been a full time focus to provide support services for various transportation providers throughout New York State and beyond.
CTS provides a forum where several other certified Instructors and examiners can be involved at a level of participation comfortable to their other employment responsibilities, and provides the office support to facilitate their involvement in our programs and services. This also allows our customers to benefit from a broader range of backgrounds, experience, and expertise.
We recognize the importance of, and the extreme responsibility we all share for, good transportation service – especially the transport of passengers. Every carrier’s operation needs to be safe, efficient and compliant. Our goal is to provide programs and services that will enhance the already good transportation services being provided, and/or assist with areas that may need improvement, by providing alternative resources for carriers whose compliance or quality of service is affected by limited staffing levels, preferences, limited expertise or certification of current staff, interim or transitional periods of their transportation management efforts, or who may prefer an outside provider.