From a seasoned professional to a new bus owner, these days there are an array of upgrades to consider when you want to revamp your airport minibus. Just a few changes can make your passengers more comfortable and make traveling on your bus as enjoyable as arriving at their destination.
Add Wheelchair Accessible Seating
It is important to consider disabled access when purchasing bus upgrades. Installing a complete wheelchair lift or ramp will most certainly be out of the question. If you need wheelchair access, it’s better to explore which in stock ADA buses are available. If your bus has updated ramp or lift but lacks adequate seating, consider adding a few additional wheelchair spaces. The update can prove a huge benefit for routes that cater to those with limited mobility.
Reading lights can be a welcome addition to travelers. As riders travel from one terminal to the next they’ll enjoy the ability to check their tickets for connecting flight status or resume reading that magazine they picked up in flight. Your passengers will also appreciate the ability to locate items during night rides when light is limited within the bus.
All buses will typically come standard with heating and air conditioning, but heavy-duty use can cause them to underperform. Upgrading the heating or cooling system in your bus can help passengers remain comfortable no matter the time of year. For those operating in warmer, summer climates, such as Texas, fleet managers will want to consider the addition of a stronger air conditioning unit. For north-based drivers with an excess of cold temperatures a stronger heating unit can keep your minibuses warmer even with the perpetual door opening and closing.
At large airports with multiple terminals, bus trips can last several minutes. These trips present a great time for you to communicate with your passengers. Changes in flights, dangerous weather conditions, and terminal closures are top-level information that can be presented. Screens can also display restaurant and souvenir shop options and areas of interest located at and around the destination area.
With a variety of guests from all different backgrounds, airport travel thrives on way finding that is simple and easy to understand. Bus graphics can help passengers spot official airport transportation from private company transportation. Using the airports current branding system, it is a snap to also think of a clever look for the airport bus. The best part is graphics can easily be installed while your bus is undergoing standard maintenance; ensuring out-of-service time isn’t too great.
Converting your bus to propane or compressed natural gas (CNG) can save you a bundle at the pump. Natural gas currently costs forty-seven percent less than gasoline and fifty-nine percent less than diesel. Recently, the EPA has stated that alternatively fueled vehicles reduce green house emissions up to thirty percent. That's a huge reduction in your bus fleet’s carbon footprint. In addition, statistics have shown that not only do alternative fuels save you money at the gas pump, they have also reduced maintenance costs significantly for fleet bus owners.
It is important to consider the variety of bus modifications that can make a difference in passenger satisfaction. Remember, the above list only contains a portion of changes you can make. Be sure to consult with a professional to learn more about upgrading and customizing your bus.
If you are considering upgrading your existing equipment, we can help determine a timeline and work within your budget. Feel free to contact us and we’ll get you in touch with a service or parts professional that can help.