US School Bus Market Size -2

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US School Bus Market Size -2

Currently, there are 476,150 school buses in the US. Tennessee has the most buses in the US, with 9.6% of the total count. Bus sales in Canada and North American have increased by a little less than 2% yearly.

US Bus Market

  • The US bus market has been broken down by state, total number of buses, annual mileage, and the type of fuel used. It has been added to the attached spreadsheet.
  • It has also been broken down by sales in North America, US, and Canada from 2010-2019.
  • In order to get a better idea of the market the top 25 school district fleets (by bus routes) has also been added to the spreadsheet. The top 100 fleets may be viewed here.
  • When finding the fuel types for buses, newer figures were located from 2019 and replaced the older figures used in the initial research.
  • To obtain the figures the total number of buses from each state were broken down by the following fuel types:
  • Diesel- 94% of buses
  • Near Zero Emission Technology Diesel- 46% of diesel buses
  • Gasoline- 2.5% of buses
  • Propane- 1.9% of buses
  • Electric- .01% of buses

Seven Types of Buses

  • Type A- This bus carries 10-30 people. The bus body is constructed upon a cutaway front-section vehicle with a left driver’s door.
  • Type B- This bus consists of a bus body constructed and installed upon a front-section vehicle chassis, or stripped chassis, and weighs more than 10,000 pounds. This bus carried more than 10 students and is less commonly seen.
  • Type C- These buses carry 54-78 passengers and is considered the traditional school bus. The body of the bus is on a flat chassis and the gross vehicle weight rating is over 10,000 lb (typically between 23,500 to 29,500 lb).
  • Type D- This bus carries between 72-90 passengers. They are also known as transit-style buses because the entrance doors are placed ahead of the front side wheels. They typically weigh between 25,000 and 35,000 pounds.
  • Multifunctional Activity Bus- This is any bus used by a school that is not intended to transport students from home to school. They do not have to be painted yellow. They are prohibited from acting as normal school buses.
  • School Van- These are usually normal vans that have been converted into school vans.
  • Alternate Vehicles- These are smaller buses that do not have to meet traffic conspicuity regulations such as the yellow color paint and flashing lights.
  • Non-Conforming Vans- These are generally used by schools to transport cargo.
  • State and national reporting, when talking about school buses, focuses on type A, C, and D.

Top Bus Manufacturers in US & Canada

  • The REV Group (Collins), Starcraft Bus, Titan Bus, and Trans Tech only manufacture type A buses. Therefore, they were not included in the competitive landscape. Manufacturers of type C and D buses (the most common school buses) were analyzed to find the top four manufacturers in the market.
  • Blue Bird, IC Bus, Thomas Built Buses, and Green Power Motor Company manufacturer either type C or D buses and were analyzed by revenue to find the top manufacturers. Green Power Motor Company only manufactures electric buses. Therefore, only Blue Bird, IC Bus, and Thomas Built Buses manufacture the typical school bus.
  • The competitive landscape for bus manufacturers may be viewed here.