30 Aug '17, 4pm

New Low-Floor Bus Ramps Up Accessibility - School Bus Fleet

New Low-Floor Bus Ramps Up Accessibility - School Bus Fleet

The central feature of the Collins Low-Floor bus is a wide service door with an integrated wheelchair ramp. All students board through this door, either using a single step or the ramp when it’s deployed. The ramp ties in with three key floor plans, with positions for one, two, or three wheelchair passengers. In any case, the bus avoids the need for a wheelchair lift or a multiple-step entrance. According to Scheuler, this levels the playing field for passengers, because everyone enters and exits the same way, regardless of their method of mobility. Students who use wheelchairs are “integrated at the front of the vehicle with other children,” Scheuler says. “They’re more independent; they can wheel themselves on and off.” The Low-Floor bus is also intended to provide a smooth ride for passengers seated in wheelchairs. The floor plans put the wheelchair positions around the...

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