Determining Seating Capacity Needs
If you are in the market for a bus, there are many factors that you need to consider before committing to a purchase. One of the larger decisions that needs to be made is determine the exact seating capacity requirements that your bus needs. To help you with determining this, we have compiled a list of questions that will help you with that decision.
How many passengers will you have at once?
Determining how many seats needed in the bus is a great first step. There is a big difference in capacity and costs (both purchase and running costs) for a bus that has room for 10 versus one that has room for 60. Analyze the needs of your company and what the bus will be required for, to anticipate how many passengers you will see at one time.
What will the bus’ main job be?
Will this be a local bus, transporting passengers to and from local areas? The seating needs will vary greatly depending on if the bus is transporting small, private groups versus if it will be more of a public setting. Knowing exactly what types of runs your bus will make can help you to determine seating capacity requirements.
Any special requirements?
Will your bus need anything special for seating, such as speciality seating for handicapped or wheelchair users? This may limit the amount of space available for regular seating, but is important to consider! Additionally, you may need to consider if forward-facing, backward-facing, sideways, or a combination of them makes the most sense for your work.
What is your budget for this bus?
When it comes down to it, your budget is going to be a large factor in how many and what kind of seating your bus will end up with. You may also have considerations to make such as seating materials, and technology of the seating which will also affect your budget.
When shopping for a bus, and considering the seating – start with these few questions to help narrow your requirements down.