Grand Tours and Ridge Road Express Buses History
In 1929, after a year of driving for Ridge Road Express - Ralph A. Weeks purchased the company…a two-bus operation based in Jeddo, NY.
With Mr. Weeks behind the wheel of a 15 passenger 1927 Garford bus and Mrs. Weeks driving a seven-passenger Buick Sedan, Ridge Road Express began its first regularly scheduled line run, offering service between Lockport and Lyndonville NY along Ridge Road (Route 104).
But, as times changed, so did the company and today nearly 80 percent of our current operation is carrying students. With 300 buses and vans serving 10 school districts, Ridge Road Express safely transports 3.6 million students per year.
In 1935, the Weeks family purchased Grand Island Transit Corporation (GITC), an inter-city bus line offering service between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY across Grand Island. Over the years, GITC evolved into a full-service deluxe charter and tour motorcoach company now known as Grand Tours.
Today we operate 15 deluxe motorcoaches with an average fleet age of 4.3 years. Our 47 and 55 passenger coaches are equipped with a lavatory, temperature control, reclining seats, inside and underneath luggage compartments, cellular telephones and VHS players for your travel pleasure. Our two newest 56-passenger motorcoaches have DVD players.
In 1985 the Albion Central School District expressed an interest in continuing to own their buses, but eliminating the day to day operational responsibilities. Scholastic Transportation Management Services, Inc. was born and still runs Albion’s entire system plus several other school districts either operationally or on a consulting basis.