There are several different types of school buses on the road today. When you pass one on the streets or put your child on a bus in the mornings for school, it is probably one of the types we are going to talk with our next series of blogs . We will pick one each week and discuss what makes it that particular “Type”. Today we start with Type A.
Type A buses are bus bodies constructed on a cutaway front section vehicle with a left-side driver door in addition to the right side door where passengers would enter and exit. It is designed for carrying more than 10 passengers. There are two classifications: the A-1 has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less and the A-2 has a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more. Type A buses have traditionally been referred to as “the short bus”, a negative connotation denoting the fact that they were once used only for transporting students with disabilities. These buses can be a Multi Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB – a bus that meets all of the safety requirements of a school bus, but without the stop arm, warning lights, or yellow paint), but this is not always the case. Today Type A buses are frequently used for regular route transportation for smaller, neighborhood schools or day cares.
Check back next week for Type B buses.