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Mid Columbia Bus Company, Inc

Mid Columbia Bus Company, Inc, and its operating subsidiaries including Western States Bus Services, Inc., have been in the student transportation business for school districts since 1956, over 60 years of experience. During this entire period of time MIDCO and the Flatt family have been actively involved in the operation of home-to-school, kindergarten, special needs, pre-school, activity bus, and motor coach transportation for student transportation systems. The focus of this company has been, and will remain, operating in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest.

It all began as a small trucking business in Eastern Oregon, Flatt’s Truck Service, moving mail and freight between the small rural communities, tying into the railroad stations and the rural residents. In 1956 Bill Flatt and his wife Peggie decided to bid on the school bus transportation for the Condon School District in Oregon. This was the beginning of the Flatt family’s involvement in the contracted school transportation business. For the first time the yellow bus was a part of the Flatt trucking operation.

Presently, MIDCO’s transportation fleet, which includes Western States Bus Services, Inc., operates more than six hundred (600) buses and support vehicles.

Even with this growth in districts served and fleet vehicles operated, MIDCO/WSBS is still a family owned and operated business with all of the owners being involved and hands-on in their approach to safety, service and quality provided to our customers, at all levels of the operation.

Our Mission

To help school boards by providing cost-effective student transportation services that exceed your expectations for safety, reliability and responsiveness.

Safety: All of our actions are predicated on the safety of our passengers and employees.

Respect: We treat all individuals fairly.

Integrity: We are honest with our customers and one another. We deliver on our commitments.

Community Support: We care, support and give back to the communities in which we operate.

Teamwork: We collaborate and support one another to achieve our goals.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions. We focus on finding solutions and getting results.

Our people are the foundation upon which our business stands. They are passionate about serving their communities and ensuring your students arrive safely to and from school and this passion is reflected in the high level of service that we offer our customers every day.

At the heart of our organization are our drivers, who play an important role in the lives of the children that they transport. They care for their passengers and it shows each day in the job they do. Above all, our drivers are committed to delivering their students to school safely and on-time.