CMU newly wrapped bus on campus for the first time.
CMU newly wrapped bus on campus for the first time.


Colorado Mesa athletics upgrades and expands fleet

Starting this weekend, you might notice some familiar Colorado Mesa University athletes’ faces rolling around town on three new additions to Colorado Mesa athletics’ fleet. Two 56-person buses and one 28-person hauler were added to the current fleet. All three vehicles are wrapped with photographs of past Colorado Mesa athletes and other university graphics.

In addition to the wraps, each vehicle had a complete upgrade including: rebuilt engine and transmission, new interior (floor to ceiling) and Wi-Fi as well as electrical outlets and USB ports installed for each seat.

When expanding the fleet, Wi-Fi access and USB ports were a big consideration.

“By upgrading all busses with Wi-Fi and USB ports, we provide the necessary tools for our student-athletes and coaching staff to access information that assists with academics as well as work related projects,” said Colorado Mesa Athletic Director Tom Spicer. The Wi-Fi is cellular-based so passengers will have access for the majority of road trips.

The three vehicles are added to the current fleet, which includes a 45-seat bus and 37-seat bus. The two original vehicles also received Wi-Fi and USB port upgrades.

“After pulling together and examining all the costs of travel through owning our own fleet versus chartering, we made the decision to invest in our own fleet,” Spicer said. “We will retrieve our initial investment within the first two years of use.” 

The five-vehicle fleet will transport CMU’s varsity athletic teams to and from away games, matches and meets. If a bus is not being used solely for a varsity athletics; club sports, choir, band and other campus organizations may be able to use them.

Occasionally the buses will be donated by Colorado Mesa athletics to outside organizations. Two weeks ago the buses were donated to the Challenger baseball team to take them and their CMU baseball buddies to the Denver International Airport to fly out for a Little League World Series exhibition game.

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