Small and midsize buses, the unsung workhorses of passenger transportation, comprise the largest vehicle segment in the bus industry. For small groups on the move, a small bus is the best choice. More than a bus, they are lifesavers for immobile and elderly riders who are dependent on paratransit services. The hospitality industry derives added value from the small bus shuttles to and from airports and popular destinations. Between school sports, church outings, assisted living activities, chauffeured transportation and paratransit, what can’t these buses handle?
Meridian Specialty Vehicles stakes its reputation on its willingness to customize. The Meridian Sprinter product features 12 standard floor plans, which the company can outfit with up to over 1,400 legal seating configurations and 110 option-content selections. One trademark feature of a Meridian conversion is the proprietary plug-style front door that replaces the sliding or passenger door in the typical shuttle. Meridian’s conversion includes upgraded HVAC, strengthened substructure and flooring.
The Metro Link by Winnebago Industries, Inc. is offered in 25 and 28-foot lengths with multiple floorplan options. The Metro Link was named Best New Product or Service at BusCon 2013. The revolutionary one piece roof and frameless window design are incorporated with Winnebago’s overlap seam technology for an unmatched ability to shed water and eliminate potential water leaks. The fully welded tubular steel frame and direct body-to-frame mounting improves strength, maintainability, and is backed by an industry leading seven year / 150,000 mile structural warranty.
The ARBOC Specialty Vehicles Spirit of Liberty, a low-floor, medium-duty 29 to 33-foot rear-engine bus, features an open floor-plan with no steps throughout the passenger area. The Spirit of Liberty incorporates lightweight technologies and proven ARBOC Specialty Vehicles construction resulting in Best of Class curb weights of 15,600 pounds or less. With a gross vehicle weight of 25,500 pounds, the Spirit of Liberty carries up to 37 passengers plus 15 standees.
Standard wheelchair zones are a spacious 54×30 inches minimum. Passengers enter on a 34-inch-wide, 1:6 ramp by Ricon up to a 40-inch-wide area between the front wheel wells.
Built on the Ford F-550 Super Duty cab and chassis, Krystal’s F-550 Shuttle is offered in two models, K30 & K33. Passenger capacities range from 23 to 32. Optional Powertrains include the standard 6.8L V-10 Triton gasoline engine, 6.8L V-10 Triton CNG/LPG conversion, and 6.7L V-8 PowerStroke diesel. Each bus can be equipped with a wide array of executive upgrades, extreme climate control packages, ADA accessible equipment, and custom floor plans for any transportation requirement. The exterior design showcases a custom paint finish, steel cage and aluminum-skinned construction.
Turtle Top’s Odyssey XLT shuttle bus, built on the Ford Freightliner FM2 chassis, can accommodate up to 47 passengers. This added capacity has made it a popular choice among churches, colleges, city and county transportation authorities, assisted living organizations, cross-country touring companies, excursion companies and many more transportation customers.
The XLT comes equipped with aerodynamic automotive styling, clear view windows, a wide interior with double-row luxury seating, and flexible floor plans including wheel-chair capability.
Glaval Bus, Elkhart, IN, a manufacturer of commercial buses since 1998, first unveiled the prototype of its Titan II LF low floor model in 2011. Based on its predecessor, the Titan II, one of the company’s top-selling models, the Titan II LF totally eliminates the need for steps by incorporating a Ricon or Braun wheelchair ramp with a 1:6 slope, which exceeds the current ADA minimum standard of 1:4. The Titan II LF is available in 24-, 26- and 28-foot lengths with various random access configurations to accommodate up to five wheelchairs.
Glaval Bus worked with Spartan Chassis, Charlotte, MI, to develop an integrated chassis/floor structure to achieve a level floor surface for all wheelchair positions.