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Old 02-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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But how much did that bus cost new?

We all know about how much a used school bus sells for but I had no idea how much they cost new until this just showed up in my local newspaper:

"The purchase of eight new school busses generated an interesting discussion about priorities at the Feb. 7th Farmington Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

The school district's Transportation Department uses a 12 year school bus replacement cycle. After a bus serves for 12 years, the district disposes of it or keeps it as a spare.

The recommendation, which ultimately passed 4-2, sought five 75-passenger busses at approximately $531,000, two 21-passenger special education busses able to handle wheelchairs for approximately $197,000, and a 12-passenger special-education bus for almost $68,000 - a total of not quite $800,000. The pricing came through the Michigan School Business Official's School Bus Bid Program.

The busses also required Espar heaters to start them in cold weather at a cost of $2100 each. "

Holy freaking crap! that's $106,000 a piece for the biggies and 68K for a shortie! For that price you'd think they'd at least come with a nice sound system and some sharp wheel covers.

The article went on to say that the transportation director didn't think the new busses were a priority but the board decided to buy them anyway to avoid "busses breaking down at the side of the road and parents wondering why their kids were late."

For 106K I say let the kids push the thing back to the garage.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Re: But how much did that bus cost new?

Here in CA, a new full sized Thomas or Bluebird will set you back about $165,000. Add another $10,000 or so if you want air conditioning
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #3
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Re: But how much did that bus cost new?

I'm assuming that is for dog nosed buses, which doesn't seem all that expensive when you consider that it's real easy to spend $30,000 on a pickup truck.
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