Badder Bus – Service History
Badder Bus was founded in the summer of 1950 by Allan and Marianna Badder. The company started with one school bus route carrying high school students from Thamesville district to Florence, Ontario because the high school in Thamesville had been closed.
The company grew its school bus company to 40 routes with the Kent County, Kent County Separate, Lambton County, and the London & Middlesex Roman Catholic Separate School Boards of Education. This growth had come from acquiring other fleets in Dresden, Bothwell, and Highgate coupled with expansions from the school boards.
During its darkest days, the company suffered a devastating fire in which several school buses, the office, shop, and a storage building were lost. Thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment were also lost.
Badder Bus made a decision to expand its school operations in 1995 with the acquisition of Waylin Bus Lines in Aylmer, Ontario and then in 1997 it bought buses from the Elgin County Board and started operation as Elgin Bus Service. This gave us 3 companies with school buses.
Badder Bus has also operated a charter bus service for many years. Allan Badder started to use his school buses for excursions for various groups of people who wanted to go places on charter trips. He and his employees ran trips with the company’s fleet of school buses until 1978 when the first motor coach was purchased. The company grew its charter operation and expanded it so that in the summer of 2006 it had doubled in size.
With the expansion of its charter fleet in 2006 it was decided to split the school bus operations and the charter operations into two sister companies. In the summer of 2006 Badder Bus became a charter oriented company and Badder Bus was formed with the amalgamation of Waylin Bus Lines, Elgin Bus Service and the school buses that Badder Bus had in its fleet. Badder Bus runs 101 school bus routes as well as charters with its school bus fleet.
The company is operated by Allan and Marianna’s family and assisted by a very competent office staff, mechanics, cleaning staff and professional drivers.