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The holidays are upon us once again and as we reflect on the year that was, it seems like a great time to do an update on what has happened in the vehicle building and contracts world in 2023.

Here is some good news! As of the end of 2023, we will have built and delivered over 400 buses and vans and have nearly built out the entire pandemic orders backlog! Production capabilities continue to improve at all of our manufacturers, and we are looking forward to getting back to normalized order timelines.

Below you will find the current available MDOT contracts and links as well as helpful information when considering replacements. Hoekstra Transportation is the LOW-BIDDER on all of these contracts by the way. So, no local funds needed!


The contract for lowered floor, accessible minivans, runs through April of 2024 with 2 possible extension years. You will find both side-entry and rear-entry options available. The great news on this contract is FAST production at BraunAbility, averaging only 6-10 weeks from order to delivery! 4 year/100K mile replacement category. Contact us with any questions!

Full-Size Vans:

The new Full-Size (Ford Transit) van contract is now available. This contract has not only Gasoline and Propane power options but now offers the all electric Ford E-Transit as well. Another new feature is a CURB-SIDE lift option for those who prefer not to load from the rear back doors. 4 year/100K mile replacement category. Contact us with any questions!

Open Contract

Full-Size Van With or Without Lift
Dealer: Hoekstra Transportation (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Manufacturer: MobilityTRANS (Canton, Michigan)
Chassis: Ford

Inspection Form – Ford Transit
State Vehicle Purchasing Program Contract
Order Form
Pre-award Audit – Ford Transit
Full-size Van Vehicle Packet
Participating Addendum
RFP Procurement Documents

Small Buses:

The Small Bus (Cutaway) contract is in full swing and here is more good news… Production timelines have dropped dramatically from years to months now. Forest River has doubled daily out-put since last year and production slots are available!

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18 & 22 Passenger Non-Lift Buses & Lift Buses with Alternate Seating
Dealer: Hoekstra Transportation (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Manufacturer: ElDorado National & Champion Bus (Goshen, Indiana)
Bus Body: Metal Cage
Chassis: Ford E450 *No Diesel Available*

State Vehicle Purchasing Program Contract
Change Notice – Extension #1
Change Notice – Price Increase
Order Form – Metal
Pre-award Audit – Metal
Small Bus Procurement Packet
Inspection Form – Small Bus
Question & Answer Addendum

Medium Duty Buses:

Our newest contract returns with both Class 1 Ford F550 and Class 2 Freightliner medium duty choices in 27-, 29- and 32-foot versions. New option – We now offer the new Q’Straint One, all-in-one, restraint systems from Q’Straint! Contact us for more information or assistance with completing the order forms.

Open Contract

26, 29 & 32 Foot Non-Lift Bus & Lift Bus with Alternate Floor Plans
Dealer: Hoekstra Transportation (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Manufacturer: Champion Bus (Goshen, Indiana)
Bus Body: Metal Cage
Chassis: Ford F550 (Gas, Propane, CNG) or Freightliner

State Vehicle Purchasing Program Contract
Order Form
Pre-Award Audit – Class I & II
Medium Duty Bus Packet
Inspection Form – Medium Class
Question & Answer Addendum