Sales of school buses in the U.S. and Canada grew by 6.7% in 2015 compared to 2014. This is the 4th year in a row that school bus sales have increased. The total for the 2015 sales year that ran from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015, was 40,190 units, according to data collected from school bus manufacturers.
Just four years earlier, in 2011, school bus sales had hit a low point of 29,060 units. The sales total of 2015 is the highest mark since 2007, when the total was 40,513.
Type C (conventional) school buses continue to make up the majority of sales. Last year more than 70% of the school buses sold were Type C. Type A (small) school buses accounted for 19% of the total sales and the remaining 11% were Type D (transit-style) buses.
This increase can be attributed to several things – older buses being taken out of service and more children riding buses due to living in housing developments that are being built outside cities, further away from their school.