Ford Transit Schoolbus Makes the Short Bus Cool
Cab Chassis Conversion Available with All Engines
We all remember the jokes about the “short bus” from our grade school days. But now, the kids riding the short bus might have one of the coolest rides at school with the new Blue Bird Micro Bird T-Series vans. Based on the Ford Transit chassis cab, the Micro Bird is available with a passenger capacity of up to 25 passengers and all three of the Transit’s available engines, from the base 3.7L naturally aspirated V-6 to the optional 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, and 3.2L I-5 turbodiesel. The 3.7L models are also available with a gaseous prep package allowing them to run on CNG or propane.
The vans ship from the Kansas City Assembly Plant as chassis-cab models without the right side door. In its place is a transparent panel called the “More View” window, giving the driver greater curbside visibility. Next to the transparent panel is a traditional two-panel bus passenger door. The school bus prep package also comes with tinted front door glass, dual batteries, a heavy-duty alternator, auxiliary fuse panel, auxiliary heater/AC prep package, the aforementioned right-side door delete, and of course, the obligatory school bus yellow paint. Upfitters Collins Bus Corp, Thomas Built, and Starcraft also offer packages for the Transit.