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School Bus - Type A California BusSchool Buses - Type A Minotour

The Minotour® may be the smallest school bus we sell, but don't be fooled by its size. Into this highly compact and maneuverable vehicle, it's packed with all the safety features and rugged engineering of our bigger buses. And, unlike most passenger vans, the Minotour meets and exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses. The Minotour is loaded with features.


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Body Specifications

 

School Bus Safety

At Thomas Built Buses, passenger safety is our number one priority. Every bus they manufacture meets or exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses. Designed into the Minotour are a number of innovative safety features, including:

  • 73" interior headroom

  • Interior dome lights

  • Driver-friendly ergonomic instrument panel

  • 6" x 16" interior rearview mirror with padded edges

  • Thermal poly fiber insulation

Driver Visibility

  • Driver control panel placed overhead

  • Manually operated front entrance door

  • 306 square-inch Saf-T-Vue window

Serviceability

  • Electronics mounted in interior service
    compartment with light

  • Printed circuit boards

  • Main circuit breaker located inside entrance door
    as master power to body

  • Access to lights from inside the bus

Options

  • Wheelchair lift with 44" wide door

  • Remote control/heated mirrors

  • Driver's step

  • Electrically operated front entrance door

  • Dash and rear A/C

  • Various seat options available: bench seat without belts, with lap belts, with 3-point belts; latch; integrated child seat; or coach-style seating

  • Roof hatch

  • Wheelchair lift with 44" wide door

  • Remote control/heated mirrors

  • Driver's step

  • Electrically operated front entrance door

  • Dash and rear A/C

  • Various seat options available: bench seat without belts, with lap belts, with 3-point belts; latch; integrated child seat; or coach-style seating
    * (14K EL = optional steel skin)

 

  • Meets or exceeds FMVSS/CMVSS

  • Built like a full-size school bus

  • Safety cage body construction with one-piece skirt-to-skirt roof bows

  • Two internal roof crash rails for rollover protection

  • Daytime running lights

  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes

  • 42" x 47" glass-paneled rear emergency door

The Minotour is so strong and durable that they parked their 18,000-pound Type D bus on its roof-without extra reinforcement. Its steel cage construction and one-piece, skirt-to-skirt steel rafter held up so well that all its windows and doors still opened easily without binding.



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Minotour CNG School BusGreen bus: Thomas Minotour CNG



You're not simply responsible for transporting passengers from point A to school, and back. You're setting an example for them. Which is why we launched the MinotourĀ® with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) offering our customers a green, customizable transportation solution. The Minotour CNG puts out up to 13% lower greenhouse gas emissions than diesel engines, while offering a range of options to meet the needs of drivers and passengers. Since 1936, Thomas Built has been building safe buses to meet the needs of passengers, drivers and the community. And with one of the most extensive dealer networks in the industry, there's always support nearby when you need it.

Fast Facts

Seating Capacity

  • Up to 30

  • Wheelbase

  • 159"

  • GVWR

  • 14,200 lbs.

  • Transmission

  • 6-speed automatic

  • Engine

  • GM 6.0L Vortec powered by IMPCO Automotive

  • Warranty

  • 3-year/36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty

  • Fuel Tank

  • 4-tank system, 26 GGE

  • CNG Autogas Benefits



    Abundant domestic supply of CNG

    Up to 40% less expensive than a gallon of diesel on a btu basis

    Green, clean-burning alternative fuel with 16% less NOx and 13% less GHGs than diesel

    Exceptional power performance

    Quiet, smooth drive

    Fully-integrated fuel system

    Reliable and durable

    Domestic fuel source reduces dependency on foreign oil



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