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Purchasing a bus can be daunting, but we’re here to let you know that it really doesn’t have to be. In fact, purchasing a bus can be a lot of fun as well as a great learning opportunity. To prove our point, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about buses.


History of the Bus

The first bus was introduced in Paris, France by a man named Blaise Pascal in the year 1662. This bus wasn’t like the buses you see today. This bus was drawn by horses. The tickets were so expensive, however, that it only lasted a total of about fifteen years. The next horse-drawn bus made its appearance on the scene in 1812. It was during this time that the bus got its name. It derived from the Latin word, “Omnibus” which means “For all”. Interesting, huh? By the 1830s, buses were steam powered. [...]



You’re purchasing a new bus and you’re not sure what to expect? Don’t stress though, because we’ve created a list of seven things you can consider when purchasing a bus that will make this process a breeze. No longer do you have to wonder and panic a little inside thinking you’ve forgotten something. We’re covering all the important stuff you need to consider, like safety.



Buses are built with the safety of the passengers in mind. They are designed with a lower center of gravity, which reduces the possibility of rolling, something that is prevalent among fifteen-passenger vans and similar forms of transportation.

Wide aisles and handrails provide security and comfort to passengers while maintaining a clean look. When purchasing a new bus, it is very important to keep an eye out and be certain there aren’t any issues that could be hazardous [...]

Purchasing a Bus For Your Senior Living Community

Is your senior living community thinking about purchasing a bus?
Purchasing a Bus For Your Senior Living Community

Is your senior living community thinking about purchasing a bus? We believe it’s one of the best things you can do for your community and your residents. Here are a few reasons why;

1.Handicap Accessible:

It is important that your bus is able to accommodate everyone, that being said a wheelchair accessible bus is a good idea for a senior living community.  At The Bus Center we offer both Braun and Ricon wheelchair lifts and Sure-Lok and Q’Straint tie-down kits.  It is important to purchase your bus with these features, because they are extremely difficult and expensive to add after the bus has been built.

Diesel is the New Alternative Fuel


Original Article posted on April 18, 2017 in

It would have been unheard of to call diesel a clean fuel 10, 15, even 20 years ago.  But, thanks to today’s ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and new advances in engine technology diesel is the cleanest option to any alternative fuel.  “We are hearing a lot about alternative fuel in the industry right now,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses.  “However, instead of focusing on the alternative fuel trends, school districts should be talking about which school bus operates efficiently, is better for the environment and saves money on fuel costs. It’s always great to have options, but when it comes to fuel choice, diesel remains the best fuel option for fleets today.”

Multi Function School and Activity Bus For Your Organization

Have you ever considered purchasing a Multi-Function School Activity Bus for your private school, daycare, or YMCA center? Here are a few reasons why one of these buses would be a great fit.

1. Safety
Unlike traditional school buses several MFSAB models already come equipped with seat belts. Models like the SC-9 also have a full safety package on board which include; a fire extinguisher, safety triangles, first aid kit, body fluid clean-up kit, seat belt cutter, reverse alarm, interior convex mirror, white standee line, and roof hatch with an alarm.

So your church has decided it’s time to start looking at transportation options. There are several options when it comes to purchasing your church bus that can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you filter through those options and decide what is best for your congregation.

Keep in mind that leasing a bus for your congregation is much different than a car lease program. At Transportation South, we work with churches on a daily basis and we’re proud to represent churches in the transportation industry. We understand your wants and needs and we believe that leasing is an option you should consider when purchasing a bus for your congregation. Here are five benefits to leasing a bus for your church:

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We’re proud to be LifeWay’s exclusively endorsed bus dealer! We work with churches on a regular basis and we understand the transportation wants and needs of churches. We keep over 200 buses in stock at all times that are equipped specifically for churches. You won’t have to wait months for your bus to be built – we have it right here on our lot, ready to go! Whether your looking for a new or used bus, a small non-CDL bus or large bus, we can help you find just what you are looking for. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Lifeway.

You may be wondering how you’re going to choose a bus for your congregation with almost 200 options. Not to worry! Our sales specialists are here to help you. We recommend the following buses below in the small, medium, and large categories for churches.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call! We are here to serve you so that [...]

High school athletics, debate team, field trips, the list goes on and on! If you’re looking for a way to get children of any age to and from events, a Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB) is the perfect choice. MFSAB buses are packed with safety features that give you a peace of mind when transporting children.


All of our MFSAB buses that we offer come standard with:

  • Rugged steel cage construction
  • Exceptional Maneuverability
  • Exceptional Visibility
  • Meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • Activity Seats
  • Storage Space Or Racks

Love the Bus was founded in 2007 by the American School Bus Council as a way to recognize and show appreciation for America’s school bus drivers. Each year Transportation South hosts the annual Love The Bus event where we honor our School Bus Drivers in the state of Alabama.

This year, approximately 30 school bus drivers were nominated statewide. Each school system in Alabama nominated at least one driver, and the larger systems nominating more. These drivers are voted on by the students, parents, and teachers that work with them day in and day out.

We were honored to give the title of 2016 Bus Driver of the Year to Rhonda Holman, a veteran driver from the Hoover City Schools system. Holman goes above and beyond for the children that ride her bus. Ice cream trucks, Easter egg hunts, pizza parties, and pumpkin patches are just a few of treats that her children experience during the year. Holman has been a driver for over [...]

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