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TC or Blue Bird Activity Bus? What to consider.
We believe there are two issues to consider when evaluating the use of OTC (over-the-road-coach) buses to transport students. They are not built to meet FMVSS school bus standards which have specific safety requirements to protect students. And, the long-term cost-of-ownership can be expensive. In Kansas, school districts cannot, by law, purchase new motorcoach buses. Typically, used OTC’s have over 200,000 miles on them. “We service OTC activity buses for some Kansas school districts,” said Dave McCurdy, Kansas Truck Equipment Co., parts manager. “The absence of a ready dealer network for OTC’s makes it hard to source parts. Because the parts are sometimes hard to find, they are generally more expensive than school bus parts.” School Bus Fleet magazine (5/26/17 “Oregon District Shuns Motorcoaches, Runs Yellow Charters’) reported on how and why a Eugene, Oregon school district concluded that the school activity bus, known in the industry as MFSAB, was preferable to renting OTC’s for activity trips. The Oregon district wanted comfort and safety. Chris Ellison, director of transportation, said he recommended the “yellow charter” i.e. a school bus built to the same construction standards as a regular school bus. but equipped with enhanced features such as charter-style seats, full air-ride suspension, air conditioning, overhead storage bins and lights, and flip down DVD screens. Ellison said the district administration was further motivated to move to the “yellow charter” because of the horrific motorcoach crashes in New York and New Jersey. “…Safety is number 1. I pitched this to the athletic directors and school administrators, and they thought the “yellow charter” was a great idea,” Ellison said. He added that his Blue Bird activity buses have all the amenities of an OTC with the exception of a bathroom. Blue Bird All American Activity Bus SAFETY Meets all FMVSS standards for student safety SERVICE EASE School bus parts are interchangeable School’s bus service techs are familiar with servicing the All American. WARRANTY 1 YEAR/12,000 miles on parts & equipment 5 YEAR/100,000 miles paint warranty Body/Chassis 5 YEAR/100,000 miles on engine 7 YEAR unlimited on transmission AVAILABLE OPTIONS Ducted air conditioning Reading lights DVD Front/rear air suspension Customized paint OTC coach seats Luggage compartments - by Rita Linnens, Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc.
ease or purchase a school bus - pros and cons
Has your school district considered Lease over Purchase? Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc. can discuss financing and leasing programs for new and used school buses. “When school budgets are strained, the pay-as-you-go philosophy may not leverage your assets to their greatest potential,” said Brian Linnens, Chief Operating Officer, Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc. Linnens, a graduate in Finance from the University of Kansas, and 15 experience in school and commercial bus sales, said a lease-purchase program may help a school district avoid disaster due to delaying needed bus purchases. Linnens said that when school transportation departments postpone new bus purchases, the “savings” often goes to replacing parts on old buses. Through our network of financial associates, we can help your district with several options including these listed: Lease with full payout –level monthly payments, depreciation and interest deductions which can be claimed by the school district, payment of the school bus over time. Lease with fixed purchase option –the school bus is purchased for a specified amount in the lease and then returned at lease end. Tax or True Lease – an operating lease in which the school district can purchase the vehicle for a fair market value at lease end, extend the lease, or return the vehicle. The following represents a sample of some of the more common programs available: Example of a typical payment schedule: Purchase price of one bus: $85,000.00 Interest Rate: 2.8 % 5 annual equal payments of $18,237.55 We can also help you with an extended warranty or deferred payment program. Brian Linnens and Dave Perry will be at the USA-Kansas Convention Vendor Showcase, Wednesday, May 31, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Century II Expo Hall.
ave you considered leasing vs outright puchase of a school bus?
Has your school district considered Lease over Purchase? Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc. can discuss financing and leasing programs for new and used school buses. “When school budgets are strained, the pay-as-you-go philosophy may not leverage your assets to their greatest potential,” said Brian Linnens, Chief Operating Officer, Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc. Linnens, a graduate in Finance from the University of Kansas, and 15 years’ experience in school and commercial bus sales. He said a lease-purchase program may help a school district stretch their dollars. Linnens said that when school transportation departments postpone new bus purchases, the “savings” leaks into maintenance – replacing equipment and parts on old buses. “At some point, it simply is not cost effective, nor a good investment, to continue spending money on a bus that should be “retired”. Through our network of financial associates, we can help your district with several options on lease-purchase agreements. We can also help you with an extended warranty or a deferred payment program. Brian Linnens and Dave Perry will be at the USA-Kansas Convention Vendor Showcase, Wednesday, May 31, 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Century II Expo Hall.
hat does USD 330 Mission Valley say about their new gas Blue Bird?
Bill Logan, transportation supervisor, USD 330 Mission Valley, has been in the 'school transportation business' for 28 years. He's been at it long enough to watch the bus barn go from gas to diesel, and, back to gas. USD 330 Mission Valley took delivery of their new 47-passenger, Blue Bird, gasoline-powered school bus two weeks ago. They don't have a ton of experience to talk about, but Logan said, "I would have never switched to diesel, but we had to. The diesel buses have so much technology--senders, switches, injectors, etc. When it gets cold, the DEF fluid freezes. Repairs are expensive. Last time I had to send one of our diesels in for repair, it cost $8,000." Logan said they're hard on their buses because of the poor roads they have to drive on. He added that a diesel will last forever, but, when it's driven on such rough roads, the shell will not last as long as the engine. As a result, the lower acquisition cost was very important and attractive to him. He thinks the gas bus fits their route structure better. "We have short runs, nothing past one and half hours." Logan is pleased with the acceleration of the bus and the fact that maintenance should be easier and less costly.
ros and Cons of New Gas Powered Blue Bird conventional bus
Pros and cons of owning a Blue Bird gasoline powered school bus. Initial purchase price has 5% savings. Blue Bird Corp. is the leader in research, safety and manufacture of school bus. Kansas Truck Equipment Co. has been an authorized dealer in Kansas for Blue Bird school buses since 1963.
ow can I replace an aging bus fleet responsibly and economically?
5 reasons to consider the Blue Bird Vision gasoline powered school bus. There are 100 operations with Blue Bird Vision gasoline buses in the United States. Blue Bird Corp. is the leader in research, development and manufacture of school buses. Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Wichita, KS, has been an authorized Blue Bird distributor since 1963.

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