Our Bus Services - What We Offer

Contract Service:

McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. (MSBL) has been honored to specialize in contract school bus service in western Pennsylvania since our inception in 1947. Since that time, we have developed comprehensive methods of pupil transportation to help alleviate the workload of district administrators. Our in-house programs assist in routing buses, updating and maintaining bus schedules immediately for viewing or printing, and tracking monthly mileage needed for reimbursement. We also staff certified and professional drivers who have a vested interest in the safety of your children, because your children are most important to us.

MSBL is committed to operating out of locations in or near the school district. This technique is a cost advantage to the district because it saves both mileage and fuel.

At McIlwain, we foster an environment that is extremely supportive of the districts we service. There is nothing more satisfying than watching firsthand the pupils we haul develop and exceed in academics and in their community.

Please contact us if your district is interested in utilizing McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. for your contract services. We pledge to maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism while safely transporting your district's most precious asset!

Districts we service:

Berlin-Brothersvalley School District

Conemaugh Township School District

Forest Hills School District

Greater Johnstown School District
Somerset Area School District

Shade-Central City School District

Westmont Hilltop School District

Going Clean and Green with McIlwain!

Today, propane is the number one alternative fuel for the automotive sector, and it powers more than 15 million vehicles in over 38 countries.  The reason is clear.  Propane provides for a cost-effective, clean, safe and reliable alternative fuel.  Plus, more than 90% of all propane used in the United States is produced domestically, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.


          - 24% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions
          - 20% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide emissions
          - 60% reduction in Carbon Monoxide emissions

          - 90% of propane used in U.S. comes from the U.S.
          - 7% or propane used in the U.S. comes from Canada

          - Most refueling infrastructure of any alternative fuel
          - Major natural gas shale found in northeast U.S.
          - Powers over 15 million vehicles worldwide

          - Narrow flammability range
          - Low pressure (about 200 psig)
          - Lowest flammability rating of any alternative fuel
          - Propane will not contaminate water or soil
          - Leaks do not form a puddle, propane dissipates into the air

McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. was the first school bus company in the region to introduce this new technology into our fleet.  For more information and interest in propane powered school buses, please contact us at:  admin@mcilwainbus.net or call 814-288-1594.

Equipment Available:



Maintenance Service:

Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive preventative maintenance inspection program in order to keep the school bus fleet running safe, economically and efficiently.

Our goal is to ensure the safest transportation possible and to have no road breakdowns.

Preventative Maintenance is such a crucial part of our business and that is why we utilize each and every resource to properly and effectively manage our fleet. All of our buses meet both Federal and State Standards and requirements. Supervisors and qualified mechanics review daily pre-trip and post-trip inspection reports to immediately fix any issue that may result in the course of a school day.

Our school buses require a Pennsylvania State Police inspection in addition to the semi-annual vehicle inspection. McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. employs a very progressive computer software program that tracks everything from brake wear to lubrication services in order to properly sustain a safe and mission capable fleet.

If you're a contractor or school district interested in our maintenance program and reducing downtime on vehicles, please call us to discuss what may be available to you.

Special Needs Transportation:

Throughout our years of service, we have seen an increased necessity for special needs transportation. MSBL has never been more prepared to handle this ever changing aspect of our business. We will work directly with the school district to help determine the vehicle that is best equipped to haul your students. Our special needs vehicles are designed to lift and secure wheel chairs and are generally much more maneuverable than other school buses. They utilize booster seats and car seats as necessary to meet the needs of our students. The advantage is that they still carry the same high level of safety.

Supplemental Transportation:

In the transportation world-- if you can think it, we can do it. MSBL is a safe and affordable way to transport your large groups. Historically, we have experience transporting for the following:

After school activities
Summer activities
Field Trips
Ski resorts
Athletic events
Church groups
Business outings

Charters & Tours:

In addition to our vast school bus operation, we are proud to offer Charter service to our customers. From Broadway's and Musicals to specific group destinations, we offer a wide range of options for you and your group. Transporting you safely is our business! Please visit our Charters & Tours website at http://www.mcilwaincharters.com for more information and to view a list of our currently scheduled trips.

Did you Know?

We transport for all types of activities:

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Excellence in Safety—It’s the foundation of our business!
Conrad Sikirica, Safety Committee Chairman