What is Buster the Bus?


    Buster the Bus is a miniature, remote-controlled three-foot-tall cartoonish replica of a full-size yellow school bus equipped with a working stop sign, crossing gate, and flashing red lights. It is just like a real bus!

    Buster has unique features, including an almost musically friendly voice that enchants children. At the same time, he provides concrete lessons about bus safety. Children also enjoy seeing the animated little bus, blinking flashing lights, swing-out stop sign and blinking eyes. In addition, Buster has windshields and a mouth for a front grill. Besides having adorable features, he talks to students about a very important message of school bus safety to children. Children love Buster the Bus!

    Buster is a great symbol for our school bus safety program. He is the ideal size for teaching children from Pre-K to 3rd grade. He can communicate with them at their eye level, and when he moves, children are not threatened. In addition, Buster is agile enough to maneuver easily in school classrooms and other restricted areas.

    What does Buster do?

    When Buster makes an entrance, the students giggle and grin. However, this cute little bus is all about teaching safety. Among many important bus safety lessons, the program includes messages about:

    • How to cross safely
    • Staying out of the "Danger Zone"
    • Riding the bus safely
    • How to safely wait for the bus
    • How to cross in front of the bus
    • How to climb the steps
    • How to ride school busses to and from school.
    • How to evacuate the school bus.

    Why A Robot?

    Buster is used to adding fun and interaction with children. He grabs their attention long enough to talk about making good choices that lead to personal safety and good bus riding habits.

    How can we get Buster to visit our school?

    To schedule Buster the Safety Bus for your school, please contact the Transportation Department at (980) 343-6715.

    • The Buster Safety Bus presentation, is best suited for Pre-K through 2nd-grade students.
    • The school bus safety presentation lasts approximately 20-25 minutes then Buster is available for class/group pictures.
    • Buster is available for safety presentations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during school hours.
    • To confirm your requested date, please provide the following:
      • POC email addresses and phone number.
      • Location of the presentation (school multi propose room, gymitorium or any space that will accommodate the number of students attending the program that will allow all students to see Buster)
      • Grade level, number of sessions and the total number of students.


    Gus the Bus

    Gus the Talking school bus is a full-size bus and has been visiting our schools for over 30 years. His program consists of a 20-minute classroom presentation followed by a trip outside to visit and talk with Gus.

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