Transporting precious cargo since 1992. At the intersection of safe, reliable and flexible, we’re here for all your specialized student and non-emergency medical transportation needs.
Family-owned and operated for 30 years, Tristar Transportation Co. is the #1 premier provider of school transportation for special needs children in Central Ohio. Since 2019, Tristar proudly serves the adult special needs and senior population with non-emergency medical transportation services (NEMT).
EVP, Client Services & Fleet
Driver & Client Support
At Tristar, we truly embody a company-wide approach to transporting our clients with a certain level of care and reliability that distinguishes us from other transportation companies.
Our seasoned school routing team excels in route logistics, problem solving, and catering to the needs of our riders, their parents and their school programs.
Our NEMT dispatchers are quick on the feet to meet the demand of our clients and their riders. From pre-scheduled to on-demand trips under an hour, we pride ourselves in never overbooking, and ensuring an on-time, safe, enjoyable ride.
Tristar is the largest and longest-serving specialized transportation fleet in Central Ohio. Rooted in drivers education, our 150+ drivers are continuously trained on safe operation of vehicles, defensive driving, and all aspects of the journey. Whether serving students or adult riders, our drivers are highly-trained, highly-dedicated and driven to go that extra mile.
"I'm proud to be the 3rd generation leader of this amazing team. As a mother with young children, I constantly understand the challenges families face finding safe and reliable transportation for their children. I pride our team of staff and drivers who truly become part of our rider’s support teams to ensure a successful start and end of their day.
As we look forward, especially as Central Ohio grows, we continue to see safe, reliable transportation as a gap across our community. I’m determined to keep building on our long standing relationships with our clients and community partners to ensure we are bringing creative, safe solutions to our area."
-Lauren Payne, COO / President
"After three decades of providing reliable transportation services in Central Ohio, our family-owned and operated company will always approach the mobility needs of our diverse community with a level of care and responsibility that should be expected when loved ones are involved.
As a father to two young children, I understand the great care and trust that’s placed with us in transporting your loved ones. I, and our dedicated team at Tristar, will always approach transporting your loved ones like they were our own."
-Ryan Downing, Executive Vice President