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Old 05-31-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
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Bus length?

I anticipate buying a Skoolie in the next few months. My criteria is getting refined. Here's a question:

I rarely see bus length but I do see "72 passengers", "77 passengers", even "94 passengers" etc.

Does that speak to the length, or how it's outfitted? I want a long blunt nose. I want a long one.

Whats the deal on length? (interior square footage really)

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Old 05-31-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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I have an 84 pass flat nose I believe, it's 40ft long and has about 210sqft of usable space behind the driver

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Old 05-31-2017, 08:25 PM   #3
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Usually people talk in windows or passengers.
I measured my 12 window bluebird re. It's just under 35' (with the bumpers)

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Oh as far as usable space... 29' behind the driver. 7'4" wide

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By long blunt nose, I'm guessing you're talking about a long dognose (type C) bus. You're in luck. Those are easy to get because just about everyone else wants a rear engine (RE) long bus. There are advantages and disadvantages to every model.

So if you buy a 40' dognose you're going to loose about eight feet to the nose and driver's area. A flatnose bus, RE or FE, does have more floorspace than a dognose bus.

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Old 06-22-2017, 04:01 PM   #6
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Passenger count is NEVER an indication of true length. 9 row, 12 row, 14 row refers to window count and some (few) are listed by row count. Most by seat count. It's not uncommon to see a 40 something passenger count bus that is 40 feet long. The pax count is low because it's a wheel chair bus. Without being there or seeing pics, the only way to know is to look up the VIN on the manufacturer's website.

For a general idea, the windows are 25" wide with a 3" gap between them. Blue Bird makes this tricky by throwing in a few 32" emergency windows. My bus is a 13 row 84 pax bus, RE, flat nose. Exterior bumper to bumper is roughly 40'2". Interior glass to glass is roughly 39'4". Behind the driver's seat is roughly 34'.

Looks like Njsurf73 got a defective bus since Blue Birds measure 89 3/4" for interior width. ;)

City buses and coaches are wider than skoolies.
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I have an 84 passenger RE Thomas. Roughly 240 sq ft of floor space (30' measured from the line to the doghouse) and 8' wide inside,
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Passenger count is NEVER an indication of true length. 9 row, 12 row, 14 row refers to window count and some (few) are listed by row count. Most by seat count. It's not uncommon to see a 40 something passenger count bus that is 40 feet long. The pax count is low because it's a wheel chair bus. Without being there or seeing pics, the only way to know is to look up the VIN on the manufacturer's website.

For a general idea, the windows are 25" wide with a 3" gap between them. Blue Bird makes this tricky by throwing in a few 32" emergency windows. My bus is a 13 row 84 pax bus, RE, flat nose. Exterior bumper to bumper is roughly 40'2". Interior glass to glass is roughly 39'4". Behind the driver's seat is roughly 34'.

Looks like Njsurf73 got a defective bus since Blue Birds measure 89 3/4" for interior width. ;)

City buses and coaches are wider than skoolies.
I have one 8'6" city bus that was 36' long. wish the skoolies were that width, as the extra width was nice. That width is pretty much illegal, but all the years I owned it, no one ever bothered to check. I just had to be a little more careful on the secondary roads. One of my friends in Molalla oregon has 3 of them.
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I have one 8'6" city bus ...
102" is the limit isn't it? As long as that's exterior you're at the legal limit.


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One of my friends in Molalla oregon has 3 of them.
They aren't kittens!!! Why would you need more than two; a long and a short.
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102 is the limit not counting safety appliances such as mirrors or bumpers that may protrude a little further

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