What We Offer

Contract Service

McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. (MSBL) is honored to specialize in contract school bus service in western Pennsylvania since 1947. We provide 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 for immediate viewing or printing, and tracking monthly mileage for reimbursement. We also staff certified and professional drivers who make the safety of your children their foremost responsibility.

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

At MSBL, we are extremely supportive of the districts we service. There is nothing more satisfying than watching firsthand the students we transport develop and succeed in academics and in their community.

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 transport 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
  • Concerts
  • Church groups
  • Business outings

Is your District interested in utilizing McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc?

We pledge to maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism while safely transporting your district’s most precious asset!

Our Equipment

Maintenance Service

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

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

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

Our school buses require a Pennsylvania State Police inspection and a semi-annual vehicle inspection. McIlwain School Bus Lines, Inc. utilizes cutting edge software that tracks everything from brake wear to lubrication services to properly sustain a safe and mission-capable fleet.

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

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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.

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 for more information and to view a list of our currently scheduled trips.

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