Here in the northeast region- we are a family, and so are you! National Express LLC (NELLC) is a leading global transportation provider, and the reason we excel at moving the world lies within our unique ability to select and develop the finest transportation companies in the world. When selecting the companies to bring into our brand - we start from the bottom and work our way up. What does that mean? It means we are motivated by people, talent and quality- not numbers. We are moved by connections; and not just the point to point connections of transit that one may expect from a leading global transportation provider.
We are moved by the very special connections into local communities, and the company to company connections within our NELLC family that make all of us better at what we do. Every single company in the NELLC family brings something special to the table! We are able to capitalize and standardize the vast spectrum of best practices we have throughout North America; therefore, we become better than the sum of our parts. When you see the NELLC name, you see the embodiment of trust. You can trust our buses to be safe. You can trust our drivers to be professional. You can trust that the folks you deal with will be your neighbors, your community members, your friends or your family. Our roots go deep into every community we service. We are family; and so are you!
Mary Rubino, along with sister Antoinette Rubino, started a small shuttle service with a single bus in 1986. With an office in her Brooklyn apartment and a parking spot around the block, Antoinette and Mary would take turns driving the 1984 Ford E350 between Bay Ridge and midtown picking up fares from commuters heading to work. On weekends they would charter the lone vehicle to try and make enough money to cover their meager operating and living expenses. It didn't take long for business to pick up, so they needed someone to answer phones and tend to administrative tasks while they were on the road. In 1990 they hired their first employee, known better to them as "Mom". Josephine Rubino joined the small team of women hustling to get a business off the ground as an office employee. As a former business manager herself, it did not take long before Mom was pulling in new business and the Rubino girls were purchasing new equipment. By 1992 they had picked up their first annual contract with the Federal Reserve Bank, and had become a recognized name in the local bus industry. This also marked their move from the small apartment in Brooklyn to their first real office building on Glenwood Road. Now they had a workforce of a dozen, which included driver & administrative staff. Mom headed up the sales department, Antionette "Toni" Rubino directed compliance, HR & operations while Mary took on the role of key decision maker and leader of the growing enterprise.
By 1996 the small business was steadily gaining momentum - having moved their operation from their previous office to the industrial side of the borough, they rented an entire office building complete with a maintenance garage in Sunset Park. Additions such as bus lifts, pits, and a staff of two mechanics allowed the girls to cut costs while gaining better quality control over their growing fleet. Their operations expanded by this time to 20 buses on the road, which included MCI coaches as well as shuttle buses. Their driver pool rose to 35, and they were officially a pillar of the Brooklyn community - providing jobs and security in the local economy. Mary envisioned a company where a bus driver would not only have full medical benefits, but they would have a pension plan in which the company would contribute to. With the dedication and leadership of these remarkable ladies, this became possible - and by 1998 their growth continued. Not only did they have to change location again to accommodate their growth, they had to expand their financial team to include 401K planners to help their employees invest their pre-taxed dollars into a pension plan. Trans Express would generously contribute profits to each employee at the years end.
1999 marked a bittersweet year for the Rubino women. Having purchased a campus of buildings in the Redhook area of Brooklyn to house their buses, maintenance garage and administrative offices, they experienced the greatest loss they would ever know. In 1999, Josephine Rubino suddenly passed from an aortal aneurism. Devastated, the girls struggled to keep operations moving while saying goodbye to one of the foundational stones of their lives and their business. Every bus in the then 35 bus fleet lined up across the Belt Parkway in a special funeral procession to say farewell to one of Trans Express' most irreplaceable leaders.
This was one of many challenges, as well as triumphs to come for the adolescent, family run business. Shortly after moms departure, their younger sister who was fresh from college with an advertising and design background, pitched in to pick up the slack in sales. This happened in the nick of time, because the loss of business resulting from the tragedies of 9/11 left the business to survive on an emergency loan. The Rubino girls once again, aiming high, set out to generate new business in the form of daily, annual contracts. With Christina leading the effort of new business, Trans Express began bidding on and picking up larger scale contracts than ever before. With more Rubino girls coming of age now, youngest sister Dolores, having gained industry experience in the tow truck business, joined her sisters as forewoman of the maintenance department.
In October of 2012, Trans Express' team faced one of the greatest challenges in over it's quarter century of history. Located adjacent to the pier in Redhook, Brooklyn in a zone "A", Superstorm Sandy leveled the business and destroyed nearly all of their equipment.
Brother Joseph joined the efforts of clean-up and recuperation, and the entire Rubino family along with its extended family of dedicated employees barreled through the wreckage. With a near genius for planning, Mary was neither unprepared nor undaunted by the seemingly insurmountable challenges that lie ahead. Once again, headquarters became her home, and the leader of Trans Express made a series of powerful and strategic moves to save the business she had worked her entire life to build, and to save the jobs of the many employees who fed their families through its means. In the meantime and between clean-up efforts, Christina and Dolores stayed close to the Redhook community by cooking endless trays of food and delivering clothes, candles, and a plethora of items to help the Redhook Housing Projects while Redhook awaited power and emergency assistance.
Every great story needs a happy ending, and while this story is far from over, it is well to say that Trans Express continues to live happily ever after. Exactly one year after Superstorm Sandy blew in, Trans Express employs upward of 125 people running an operation of over 60 buses. Trans Express reclaimed it's place with a comeback that was stronger than ever. The combined effort, dedication and faith of the Rubino family and staff have been the springboard of accomplishment for this once small, woman owned business.
Once small, woman owned business? Yes - because in 2016, Trans Express joined the National Express family of bus transportation providers!
An organization set upon such principals cannot fail. It matters naught if it is just one person, one hundred people, or one hundred thousand - success is never a compromise, and neither is value.
Aristocrat Limousine and Bus Company is a family owned business that has been providing our clients with efficient, reliable and convenient service since 1971. We provide quality and professional limousine and motor-coach services with a large fleet to ensure reliable service.
We treat all of our clients as individuals, therefor, they each receive a service that is professional and structured to their own specific needs.
Each of our drivers are carefully handpicked. They are thoroughly background checked and screened before going through our week long training course. A minimum of two years of verifiable bus driving experience is required for a candidate to qualify for employment as a bus operator. Motor Vehicle Records are required to be clean of accidents and points as part of our pre-employment screening. After our training course is completed, drivers continue with on the job training until they are ready to pilot our vehicles and serve our valued customers. All of our drivers are certified 19A with the State of New York.
New York is our home. We started out as a small bussing company and have grown into a full-service transportation organization. Though we have branched out, our roots remain regional.
As native New Yorkers, we have 30+ years of experience navigating these chaotic streets, meaning we know our way around. You can count on us to take the best routes possible, ensuring you have an efficient and enjoyable trip.
National Express LLC northeast offers a wider variety of service options.
Are you getting married? We cater to all of your wedding and bridal party transportation needs!
Are you a thrill seeker? Schedule a ride to your favorite local theme park!
Are you a campus student without a car? We'll ensure you never need to forgo mobility.
Whatever your local transportation needs may be, we're here for you.
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