Originally Posted by Rusty
Take the class at a local community college- you get to drive semi trucks, too ! You will learn all about air-brake basics and feel more comfortable in your abilities.
It's a hoot. You don't have to get CDL license, but don't tell instructor until end.
I just looked it up again, to be sure. In MD I can take a 1 week course for CDL-B for light trucks, straight trucks, school buses, coaches, etc for $2500. The CDL-A for heavy trucks and tractor-trailers is 3 weeks and $4000.
I'm sure it would be lots of fun, but that's quite the line item for my bus project budget.