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Important Terms about School Buses

Buses are used to transport students to and from school. School systems often have their own bus service, but in some areas it is not uncommon for the job to be subcontracted out to a private company. If you have been charged with the task of renting a chartered bus as part of your travel arrangements, or if you're just curious, you may wish to look into the subject further. You may encounter some terms whose meaning may be unclear to you, so below we'll define some of them.

  • School Bus Yellow - The distinctive type of coloring used on school buses. Also called National School Bus Glossy Yellow, it is easy to see in a wide variety of weather conditions, and its use is mandated by government regulations.
  • Chartered Bus - A type rented for a specific single-use purpose, such as traveling to and from a sporting event.
  • Full-size Bus - The long, spacious type generally used for school routes. The shorter types are often referred to as small buses.
  • Activity Bus - A type used to transport students to and from extracurricular activities, such as sporting events. These are distinct from buses used for regularly scheduled school routes.
  • Warning Lights - The flashing lights that deploy during stops.
  • Stop Signal Arm - This refers to the stop sign that protrudes from the left side of the bus during stops.
  • Blind Zones - The areas around a bus where the driver cannot see. As it can be dangerous for pedestrians to walk into a blind zone, buses often have various safety devices to reduce the danger involved. These safety measures include mirrors that allow the driver to see into various blind zones.
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    Pacific Trailways of Southern California
    11771 Markon Dr, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    Organized to every ground transportation demand, while helping your individual requirements. Customer happiness is our main concern. Spacious buses and shuttles for your charter and rental needs.
    (714) 892-5000
    Kiddie Trans Inc.
    11920 Barclay Dr, Moreno Valley, CA 92557
    Our buses are here to provide the school transportations services you need. We provide professional drivers who provide safe travels for all students. Call our center today for routes.
    (951) 682-8087
    Firstgroup First Student 22009
    14800 S Avalon Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
    (310) 715-6122
    National Express Corp
    12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
    (562) 803-4805
    A & D Transportation
    10016 Pioneer Blvd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
    (562) 942-8099
    Certified Transportation Services Inc
    1038 N Custer St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 835-8676
    Elite School Services
    6 E Newman Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006
    (626) 462-1433
    Embree Buses
    1600 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 398-5455
    Durham School Services
    2003 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (949) 376-0376
    Gateway Montessori & Preschool
    4730 N Grand Ave, Covina, CA 91724
    (626) 332-4453
    Southwinds Transportation
    9303 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
    (818) 504-1100
    Laidlaw Transit Inc.
    8039 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91304
    (818) 715-9157
    Wheels In Motion
    21525 Parthenia St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
    (818) 727-7765
    Laidlaw Transit Inc
    10365 Keller Ave, Riverside, CA 92505
    (951) 785-0122
    Student Transportation of America
    3765 Jurupa Ave, Riverside, CA 92506
    (951) 686-3795


    There are many ways to transport children to an d from school and events, but the most common form is by school bus. Every day, these highly regulated vehicles and their drivers pick up and drop off students at their homes along specified routes to ensure that kids have safe travel. The earliest North American buses were made in the mid-1880s. They were referred to as "kid hacks" since they were horse drawn. They were mostly utilized by students living in rural areas, where administrators decided it would be impractical for them to walk to school safely. In the 1930s, manufacturing of these vehicles became standardized and mass produced. The vehicles gained their signature yellow color during this time as it was decided that this was the easiest color to see at dusk and dawn. It wasn't until after World War II that the bus started being used to transport urban and suburban kids as well as the rural. The six biggest company manufacturers of bus chassis started falling apart in the 1980s, with only three of them surviving by 2005. This consolidation sparked newer generation designs that are easier to operate and still fit inside regulation standards. These vehicles are not just reserved for the above mentioned travel purposes. They can be chartered for private trips or used to transport sports teams. School buses are often cheaper to rent than the typical charter vehicle, though many lines have limited renting supply since most of the vehicles are reserved for the daily school schedule. Child supervision is always required on these vehicles, whether it be done by an adult chaperone or by a teacher.
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