Thomas Built Buses

Precious cargo. Exceptional buses. Because every mile matters.

Since 1916, Thomas Built Buses has been committed to building smart and innovative transportation. Our employees design and build the kind of school buses they would want their own children to ride in every day. Their dedication translates into a product line associated with innovative design, reliability, safety and sustainability. And, beyond building and delivering exceptional buses, we’re here to offer exceptional customer service and support.

Headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, Thomas Built offers a full line of light- and medium-duty buses for schools, childcare centers, activity centers, transit applications and specialty markets. Every bus is custom built and sold through independently-owned dealers throughout North America.

With a focus on quality and continuous improvement, Thomas utilizes a lean management operating system designed to produce reliable vehicles customers want, when they want them and in the most efficient manner possible. And, with buses that are as green from the ground up as they are inside and out, Thomas Built Buses has become the leading sustainable school bus manufacturer. Thomas Built is committed to continuing to offer innovative vehicles that are sustainable, safe and reliable because, with a bus full of children, every mile matters.

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Innovation and Continuous Improvement

Over the past 100 years, Thomas Built Buses has led the industry in a number of key innovations, including outward-opening passenger doors, a fully-plexed body and chassis to make serviceability easier for customers, multi-plex wiring, continuously-curved fully-bonded windshields and fuel tanks mounted between frame rails.

Today, the innovation continues. With the launch of the BusWise™ Technologies suite, Thomas Built Buses has become the first OEM to debut a number of technological innovations to the school bus industry. New technologies include forward collision avoidance, lane departure warnings, a 360 degree exterior camera, electronic stability control and onboard Wi-Fi, among others.

And, with a focus on innovation and continuous improvement, this is just the beginning. Thomas Built Buses strives every day to build a safer, smarter and more efficient bus.

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Alternative Fuels and Sustainability

As the leader in the alternative fuel category across all product lines, Thomas Built Buses recently introduced the industry’s first Type C conventional CNG bus, the new Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG. Thomas Built Buses also offers a full suite of alternative fuel products, including the Mintour® propane, Minotour CNG, Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG and the Saf-T-Liner C2 Propane bus.

Thomas Built Buses was also the first school bus manufacturer to become completely zero-waste-to-landfill, building every bus to a high level of environmental standards. This commitment decreased waste from more than 1,100 pounds per bus to zero waste being shipped to landfills.

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Low Total Cost of Ownership

With quality materials and manufacturing practices, combined with the smart technology, owning a Thomas Built bus is not only a wise investment, but a smart way to stretch a budget a little further. Thomas Built Buses manufactures one of the safest, most durable buses on the road today. Combined with a myriad of fuel choices and options, Thomas Built Buses continually strives to produce buses that provide customers with the lowest total cost of ownership.

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