Governor’s order creates bus refurbishment program

Maine’s public schools could soon be able to take advantage of a pilot program that allows them to refurbish mid-life buses in need of major body and structural repairs.

On Sept. 28, Gov. Paul LePage signed an executive order establishing a School Bus Refurbishment Pilot Program to begin this school year. The executive order can be viewed here.

The Maine Department of Education is collaborating with the Maine Military Authority — which specializes in military vehicle and school bus restoration — to develop the application process and rating method for the School Bus Refurbishment Pilot Program.

Details about the pilot program application, priority rating, schedule and a sliding scale reimbursement will be available in mid-October. A preview of the Maine Military Authority’s school bus refurbishment service is available by clicking here (opens a PDF).

Maine’s school districts are facing the need to perform major body and/or structural repairs to keep buses safe and on the road. The pilot program provides the major body and structural work school mechanics are not able to complete. The program can also help school districts better manage their fleets by extending the life-cycle of school buses.

The Maine Military Authority brings 13 years experience in refurbishing vehicles, a national reputation for excellence and the longest warranty available internationally.

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