These are questions people ask about the physical aspects of the school bus:
Why are school buses yellow?
Yellow was adopted as the standard color for school buses in 1939 at a national conference of school transportation representatives. The agreed-on shade of yellow was dubbed “National School Bus Chrome.” It’s now known as “National School Bus Glossy Yellow.” Yellow is a highly visible color that helps other drivers see school buses, which is particularly important when they are stopped to pick up or drop off passengers.
What is the passenger capacity of a school bus?
The biggest school buses – the flat front, transit-style models that are known as Type D’s – can carry up to 90 passengers. Conventional school buses – with a hood in front and the entrance door behind the front wheels, aka Type C models – typically have a capacity of about 80 passengers. Small school buses – Type A models, which are built on a van chassis – typically have a capacity in the range of 12 to 21 passengers. Only those carrying more than 15 passengers (14 passengers and one driver) need a driver with a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).
How long are school buses?
The biggest school buses are about 40 feet long. Small school buses are typically about 20 feet long.
How many school buses are there in the U.S.?
As of the 2014-15 school year, there are about 485,000 school buses in the U.S.
How many students in the U.S. ride school buses?
As of the 2014-15 school year, school buses in the U.S. transport about 25 million students to and from school daily.
Why do school buses have black ridges along the side?
Those ridges, known as “rub-rails,” help protect the school bus body panels from damage. They are typically painted black to contrast with the yellow.
How much do school buses weigh?
Large school buses have a gross weight rating (GVWR) of up to 36,000 pounds. Small school buses typically have a GVWR in the range of 9,000 to 14,000 pounds. GVWR includes the weight of passengers.
Questions about recent topics we have been discussing next week.