Bus Services Inc offers several buses and vans that utilize an alternative fuels in place of traditional gas or diesel fuel systems. Compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane fueled buses are the most popular alternative fuel vehicles.
PROPANE - You are probably most familiar with it as a fuel for your gas barbecue grill and home appliances. Propane powers hundreds of thousands of vehicles, with numbers increasing weekly. Many fleets are utilizing the clean, green energy of propane power—from taxis and school buses to police cars, and it has been used worldwide for over 80 years. Propane is also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and is a by-product of natural gas and crude oil refining. With an infrastructure of pipelines plus processing storage facilities, propane is way ahead of the learning curve regarding efficient distribution.
Bus Service provides a COMPLETE Alternative Fuel Solution: The bus - the fueling - the support
• Most cost effective alternative technology on the market today, lower cost than a diesel to operate
• Bi-fuel technology allows you to run on propane or gasoline and it is Automatic:
• Available on the Ford 5.4L, or 6.8L gasoline engine, also available on the Chevrolet 6.0L engine
• Large fuel capacities available: Up to 55 gallons in addition to the OEM fuel tank
• On-Site fuel stations for little or no cost to you
• Lock in your low fuel price for up to 2 years
• Best fuel mileage of any alternative fuel and available nationwide
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) - CNG Conversion are rapidly becoming the nation's largest alternative energy fuels used for vehicle transportation
• Dedicated fuel systems allow operators to continuously lower fuel cost and produce zero exhaust emissions
• Available on the Ford 5.4L, or 6.8L gasoline engine, also available on the Chevrolet 6.0L engine
• Fuel tank design allows it to fit for numerous vehicle sizes and applications
• Large fueling station infrastructure allows for numerous fill sites
• Available for personal and commercial use nationwide
SIMPLE! Transparent to Operate, Easy Filling, Very Low Maintenance
The majority of school buses in America run on diesel fuel, but those engines are far different today than the ones decades ago that spewed forth dark, black clouds of soot from the exhaust.
Estimates are that about 95 percent of the national fleet of 480,000 school buses still run on diesel, but there is a growing interest in alternative fuels. Informal surveys conducted by School Transportation News indicate that the most widely-used alternative fuel is biodiesel, which commonly range in regular diesel-blend amounts from 2 percent to 20 percent.
CNG appears to be the second-most commonly used alternative fuel for school buses, especially in places like California where the Air Resources Board has required for the past two decades that all new school bus purchases be of the CNG variety. CNG has traditionally been more prevalent on the West Coast, but in recent years the fuel has expanded to the Midwest.
Meanwhile, propane has also gained ground over the past several years, especially in Texas, where the Texas Railroad Commission has introduced big incentives. Originally, propane was looked down upon by school bus operators because the system was installed as an aftermarket kit.
Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles have also made their way onto the scene but in smaller numbers as about half of the states have at least one hybrid or electric bus in use. At this writing there were less than 1,000 hybrid or plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) school buses in use nationwide, with the largest fleet in Wisconsin as two school bus contractors combined to run 25 of these vehicles. IC Bus introduced the first PHEV school bus in 2006. The subsidiary of Navistar offers the PHEV using an Enova Systems drive solution and a charge-sustaining hybrid model utilizing an Eaton system.
Sales became a division of our company in 1999 when many of our service customers came to us with questions about buying transportation buses to fit their specific business needs. As a family owned business, we have always offered value to our customers and it made sense to provide them with a quality product. We looked at 25 years of servicing the market to decide on Starcraft buses which are the best built buses in the transportation industry. Today we are one of Starcraft's largest bus sales dealers for churches, senior living, childcare centers, hotels, schools, medical providers, airports, and all other facets of the transit industry. With sales representatives and service partners nationwide we are able to not only sell Starcraft buses, but support our customers throughout the United States.
We are committed to value and our sales representatives average 10 plus years of experience. They can provide you the guidance you need to make the right choices in a transportation bus that fits your specific needs. With our commitment to service and sales we offer a combination for success.
Bus Service, Inc became a Fleet Management team in 2007 offering our bus customers a hands on approach, extensive experience, a nationwide service network, and a national parts purchasing program to provide a complete package to all of our bus customers.
Our technical software, experienced personnel, and effective tracking of your transportation bus history allows us to monitor your bus warranty, track cost per mile, review repair accuracy and redundancy, and maintain a complete repair record on each vehicle which in turn helps you monitor costs. We also provide support programs including personnel training and videos, on sight reviews, audits, and equipment refurbish programs. From putting your new bus in service to customizing it and helping you company manage the costs we provide a turn key solution.
We started our company based on solid service to the customer in 1979 and nothing has changed. Bus Service, Inc operates two locations with more than 10,000 square foot and an average employment history of 18 years. Our service technicians are not only highly qualified to provide complete mechanical repair, we also provide major and minor collision repair, complete interior repair, fabrication and modification of existing or new equipment, and complete conversions of equipment.
We provide a one stop service for our customers from changing oil to retrofitting a bus with wheelchair capabilities. We can install generators, video packages, seats, and jut about anything else you might need to customize your bus specifically to your growing needs.
Bus Service, Inc is a warranty facility for virtually all school buses, shuttle buses, and ambulance manufacturers as well as a warranty facility for Ricon and Braun wheelchair lifts, Trans Air, and A/C Carrier air conditioning. We are also a preferred Jasper Engines & Transmissions Owner Installer for complete engine, transmission, and differential replacement in your existing bus.
Bus Service, Inc is the top provider of Starcraft Buses for churches, senior living, childcare centers, hotels, colleges and universities, medical providers, airports, and all other facets of the transit industry. For more than 35 years we have been helping organizations of all kinds fight the right bus that truly benefits their needs.
Our sales network reaches the entire nation with a particular focus on providing new and used buses in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Allentown, Reading, Erie, Scranton, Altoona, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Charleston, Morgantown, and Huntington Ohio.
From its beginnings in 1903, the Starcraft brand has become widely recognized for quality, durability and value in a variety of transportation products, but it wasn’t until 1998 that Starcraft Bus joined the shuttle bus industry by building its first prototype, the Allstar. It was well received in the industry and the company soon decided to expand its commercial line of shuttle buses.
After several years of consistent growth, Starcraft Bus was purchased by Forest River in September of 2001. It joined a company that was one of the nation's largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles. In addition, Forest River offers cargo trailers, boats, toy haulers and manufactured housing.
Shortly after its acquisition by Forest River, Starcraft renewed its commitment to build the best bus at the best price in the industry. The company streamlined its operation, eliminating some under performing product lines, in order to focus on making the Allstar the best seller in the shuttle bus market.
It wasn’t long until the company seemed to find its niche in the shuttle bus market and decided to expand its product offering. Since 2005, Starcraft Bus has introduced several new models including the Starquest, Ultrastar, Starlite, XLT, Xpress and Allstar XL built on the Ford F550, International UC and TC chassis. The market-wide acceptance of Starcraft's products have made it North America’s largest shuttle bus manufacturer.
In September of 2005, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway purchased Forest River from Pete Liegl, it's founder and CEO. The fact that Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most respected and financially secure companies in the world only solidified Forest River and Starcraft's position in their respected industries. The purchase allowed the companies under the Berkshire Hathaway umbrella to continue to reduce costs, improve quality, make strategic acquisitions, and diversify their revenue base by entering new markets.
In 2008, Starcraft Bus expanded in to a new market that was a first for Forest River, when they built their first Type A school bus. The first bus to roll off the school bus line was the Prodigy, a Multi-Functional School Activity Bus. By January 2009, Starcraft's school bus division was in full production and had introduced several additional models including the Quest, the Prodigy XP and the Guardian. The products were very well received and today Starcraft Bus' school bus division is America's fastest growing school bus manufacturer.
In a recent interview, David Wright, President of Starcraft Bus, said, “We are excited about the future of Starcraft Bus and look forward to continuing to expand our product offerings in order to meet our customers’ needs. People have come to expect the high quality and reliability that a Starcraft Bus provides and we continue to raise the bar in the areas of durability, safety and customer satisfaction.”
Starcraft Bus continues to be North America’s largest shuttle bus company and America’s fastest growing school bus company. Known for its commitment to quality and affordable transportation, Starcraft Bus services many markets including hotels, churches, retirement centers, tour operators, schools, daycare centers and all aspects of public and private transportation. Starcraft Bus proudly builds on Ford, GM and International chassis and is ADA compliant, QVM certified, ISO certified and Altoona-tested. We continue to sell, service, and customize these high quality transportation buses.
Bus Service, Inc is a proud provider of new buses as well as used buses for senior care centers, airports, parking companies, daycare centers and churches. For more than 35 years we have been helping organizations of all kinds find the right bus that their needs.
We offer a large varity of new buses, used buses, activity buses, assisted living buses, shuttle buses, child care buses, church buses, hosital buses, hotel buses, mini buses, paratransit buses, transit buses, university buses, limousine buses, wheelchair buses, limo buses, alternative fuel buses, propane power buses.
Our sales network reaches the entire nation with a particular focus on providing new and used buses in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Allentown, Reading, Youngstown, Mansfield, Canton, Erie, Scranton, Altoona, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Charleston, Morgantown, and Huntington.
Our unique programs offer more choices than any other lenders in the market for financing your Starcraft Bus. We are able to structure any transaction from owning equipment outright to returning the equipment at the end of the term. We are proud to offer an extensive variety of finance and lease packages for your bus purchase from Bus Service Inc.
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