Originally Posted by marbury
Screw safety concerns, I'm hoping that if it goes through they'll just retire their current fleets across the board and update to new busses with new harness/belt/whatever systems instead of replacing the seats. A bus exodus would be epic.
Don't get your hopes up. A new bus is $60-90,000 depending on size and options. They won't be getting rid of the nice ones, more like all the old junk that they were probably going to ditch in a few years anyways. Busses depreciate incredibly fast, so a lot of them will opt for the 15k upgrade for 5 or 10 years more service vs. getting a new one at 80k.
The big issue is not all districts are as financially in the black as we would like them to be(mostly inner city districts). So how they're going to afford $15,000 x 100 busses is the real question.
I could see them doing a new model/new standard type deal, where only new built busses meet the spec, but they'll never get retrofitting the old ones to pass. The government is having a hard enough time requiring older vehicles to upgrade to the current emissions, much less get them to add seatbelts.