Item Coversheet

Action Item - 28.

Title: Authorization of School Bus Purchases from Various Vendors ($3,500,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 


Rohrer Bus, Inc. (Thomas Built Buses, Inc.)

Wolfington Body Company, Inc. (IC Bus, Inc.)

Brightbill Transportation, Inc. (Blue Bird Corporation)

The Lion Electric Company


Purchase of unleaded gasoline and electric school buses

 Start date: 3/26/2021

 End date: 6/30/2022
 Compensation not to exceed: $3,500,000 
 Separate Compensation by Vendor:
All vendors will be paid out of the aggregate amount not to exceed $3,500,000.
Administrative Office(s)

 Renewal Options:  No

The Department of Transportation Services ("Transportation Services") provides yellow school bus transportation to eligible students attending District managed schools. The average age of the District's yellow school bus fleet is 11.07 years.  Transportation Services has identified a need to purchase new school buses to replace the vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.  The purchases will be made based on the lowest responsive quote from the manufacturers' distributors on the Sourcewell cooperative purchasing contracts. The purchases will include a grant-funded purchase of electric buses.  The cost for the buses have been quoted at approximately $365,000 each for electric, and approximately $107,000 each for unleaded fuel.  The District plans to purchase five (5) electric and thirteen (13) unleaded fuel buses.

 Funding Source(s): 

Capital Funds 2021

Capital Funds 2021

Grant Funds 2021

Grant Funds 2022


 Office Originating Request: Operations - Procurement