Members of the Transportation Department gave an overview on the need to replace 13 buses in the OPS fleet.
The district currently owns and operates 273 buses. Of those, 228 are Type A Buses and 45 are Type C (wheelchair buses).
Each year the maintenance team assesses each district owned vehicle, which includes buses, nutrition trucks, operation vehicles, district cars and activity vans, to determine if they meet the requirements for the replacement formula.
The formula is used as a guideline to determine if a vehicle or bus should be replaced. Two or more categories should be met before replacement is considered. The following is the criteria:
- Vehicle must be 10 years or older.
- Labor and parts must be equal to or exceed half of the original cost of the vehicle.
- The unit must exceed 150,000 miles.
- Poor interior and/or exterior body condition.
All eight of the Type A buses planned for replacement are from 2004 and have an approximate mileage
range of 189,675 to 215,153 miles. All of the units have extensive rusting. These buses also have issues that vary from transmissions to rusted brakes to frequently changed injector pumps.
The five Type C buses that need to be replaced are from 2001 and have mileage varying from approximately 216,180 miles to over 238,483 miles. Due to age, it is difficult to get parts for these
wheelchair bus chassis. Many of the parts have been discontinued and there are no aftermarket parts available. Fuel lines, transmission lines and coolant lines are rusting out and are all obsolete. These buses are the only wheelchair buses in the fleet with no rear air ride suspension which makes for a very rough ride for the students.
The Board approved the purchase of these new buses.
To see bid information on the Type A buses,