Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity Bus


Focus of Passenger Protection A Blue Bird All American Activity Bus carries many of the same features that make a Blue Bird school bus one of the safest vehicles on the road. (As cited by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System at the U.S. Department of Transportation, school buses are 60 times safer than passenger cars, light trucks, or vans.) Among these “school bus construction features” are Blue Bird’s signature one piece roof bows for maximum roll-over protection and 20 gauge galvanized steel side panels to create a wall of protection around passengers.

Adding to high safety standards, the All American Forward Engine utilizes a large panoramic windshield to enhance sightlines around the driver's area. The flat-transit style front further improves the driver's visibility when in an All American. Adding to the bus's safety, the All American Forward Engine is also the most maneuverable bus in its class due to the combination of a unique short wheelbase and the Hendrickson front axle. This maneuverability provides drivers with better control when making tight turns and reduces the need for backing up.

For added protection, customers may choose to purchase a Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB), which meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for a school bus without the typical traffic controlling devices (stop arm, warning lights, etc.) found on a traditional school bus. The Blue Bird MFSAB; therefore, offers customers the maximum level of protection found with school bus construction without the restrictions of traveling to and from a school.

Option Flexibility

Optional Equipment Flexibility on a Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB Bus

Four wheel drive for rough routes The Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB Bus allows for almost an infinite combination of options to customize each bus to specific needs.

These options can range from reclining “activity” seats with or without seatbelts to underfloor storage perfect for carrying luggage or sports and band equipment. Passenger capacity can range from 54 to 90 students or 36 to 56 adult passengers. Aftermarket equipment such as video screens or GPS systems can be installed at the Blue Bird dealer level. Paint schemes can be tailored to match an organization’s signature colors. Customers may choose between a variety of horsepowers in Cummins and Caterpillar engines.

For those customers tackling the roughest of routes, Blue Bird offers many attractive options to build on the established durability of the All American body and chassis such as bow inserts or double headers. One other solution designed to assist customers in going beyond the reach of other buses is Blue Bird's four-Wheel-Drive Package, which combines Blue Bird's rugged construction and established strength with the four-Wheel Drive experience of Marmon-Herrington. The four-Wheel Drive option for Blue Bird's large bus line provides:
  • Better traction in adverse conditions, such as sand, mud and snow
  • Better steering control as it reduces rear end sway
  • Hi Range 4WD – for traction when the area is not steep such as extremely slippery conditions or rocky gravel roads
  • Low Range 4WD – for climbing or descending steep hills or passing through sandy areas or shallow water

Special Needs

The Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB not only offers safety and security, but it also directly caters to special needs students. Blue Bird understands that special needs passengers require unique features and has engineered these qualities into the design of the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine to provide peace of mind for parents and transportation professionals.

Specific Special Needs Equipment/Options on the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB include:

Special Needs
  • Recessed wheelchair track and tie-down for safe and secure transport
  • Increased maneuverability from the short wheelbase and superior handling/steering to enable tight turn and curbside pick-ups if needed
  • Smooth operating, ADA-compliant wheelchair lifts from suppliers including Braun and Ricon and flexible wheelchair securement track locations
  • Optional flat floor for maximum configuration flexibility
  • Comfort Aire, Blue Bird's integrated air conditioning systems, for maintaining passenger compartment temperatures with maximum efficiency and the quality only provided from an OEM installed component
  • Exceptional passenger ride quality with Blue Bird's energy absorbing rubber isolater mounting system


Afforable and durable The Blue Bird Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB can offer customers many of the same options as an over the road motorcoach for a fraction of the cost, ensuring that customers make the most of their tight budgets. Adding to the affordability of the All American is the low total cost of ownership delivered by the durable Blue Bird construction; Blue Bird buses undergo extensive testing programs that put new bus designs through the equivalent of a quarter-million miles of stringent trials. These rigorous standards deliver higher uptime, lower maintenance and repair costs, and extended years over the lifetime of the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine. This value also ensures that the Blue Bird All American Forward Engine Activity/MFSAB Bus will fetch a higher resale price in the end.


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Download PDF Blue Bird All-American Forward Engine Activity Bus Specification Sheet 366Kb
Download PDF Blue Bird All-American Forward Engine Activity Bus Specification Sheet 4-Wheel-Drive 535Kb