Where do old Shen buses go when they reach the end of their service life? Some get put out to auction as required by state law. The rest don’t go anywhere. The professionals in the Shen Transportation body shop repurpose them and make them into Shen service vehicles. More info…

Written by on July 10, 2019

Where do old Shenendehowa buses go when they reach the end of their service life? Some get put out to auction as required by state law. The rest don’t go anywhere. The professionals in the Shen Transportation body shop repurpose them and make them into Shenendehowa service vehicles.

The two latest projects were a large wheel chair bus that was in the bus fleet for 11 years. It was converted into a large service vehicle for the shop. This included painting it white, removing all the seats but one passenger seat, installing a hot start, air compressor, push bumper, and tool box . This bus will primarily be used for road service and for starting buses in the bus compound during cold weather. Moving non running buses into and out of the shop. The wheel chair lift will be used like a tail gate lift. We will use it to move tires and heavy parts to lessen the strain on employees’ backs.

Another small bus was converted a short time ago for IMS for their summer projects and to service the schools throughout the year. We removed the seats, most of the windows, repainted it, and installed a backup camera. The cost to convert this was approximately $3,300. Recent bid activity for the same vehicle as a new van $41,000 – $43,000. A savings of approximately $38,000 to $40,000.

Hats off to Steve Galick and Dylan Bastian for the excellent work they do in the Transportation Body Shop. Pride and Professionalism at its finest.

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