Our Company Mission Statement

It is the mission of McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. to provide safe and cost effective transportation to the districts we service through honesty and integrity.  We will foster a socially responsible environment for the students we transport and continue to be a leader in the transportation industry.

Our Company History (Since 1947)

McIlwain School Bus Lines first started just after World War II in 1947 when Robert and Margaret McIlwain settled on a small hillside farm on the outskirts of Johnstown.  Margaret taught school and Bob made a living by farming, logging, and driving school bus.  Soon Bob had his own school bus and Margaret's paycheck went towards bus tires and parts when needed.  The bus business grew and in 1954 McIlwain School Bus Lines was incorporated.
Mcilwain History
"Robert McIlwain, Sr. (left) buying school buses from Paul Myers of Myers Equipment in 1960"

Over the next 25 years, several school districts were contracted with and McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. changed with the times.  Special needs, after school activities, and Charter services were added.  In 1980, Bob Sr. retired and his two sons, Douglas and Bob Jr. bought the company, continuing the transition to the second generation.
In 1991 Douglas bought out his brother Bob.  He, his wife Sally, and their three sons Patrick, Timothy, and Toby are continuing the family business that began over 65 years ago.  McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. is now on the third generation of ownership, transports over 9,500 students daily, has a fleet of over 220 vehicles, employs more than 250 compassionate and hard working employees, transports to more than 80 different schools, and continues to execute their one mission of safely transporting students to and from school.
McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. is proud to call Somerset and Cambria County home and is looking forward to providing many more years of safe and reliable student transportation.
Ownership History
1947-1980 Robert and Margaret McIlwain
1980-1991 Douglas McIlwain and Robert McIlwain Jr.
1991-2018 Douglas McIlwain and Family
McIlwain Award
" McIlwain School Bus Lines receiving a 50-year award from the PA School Bus Association"

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McIlwain's has provided 7 Springs with safe, dependable, and professional service to our guests throughout the four seasons for 20 years and counting.
Bill Miller, 7 Springs Transportation Director