When the U.S. Secret Service decided to order two custom-made buses, including the one that transported President Obama through the upper Midwest this week, they had a specific model in mind.
Secret Service defends Canadian bus
The service, which has been transporting protectees by bus since Ronald Reagans 1980 campaign, wanted a particular model only available from the Quebec-based manufacturer Prevost.
The vehicle had to support the weight of security and communication equipment that we had, Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said in an interview. Our understanding was that that was the only model that could do it.
In the past, the Secret Service leased buses for presidential travel, but had to retrofit them to add security measures and enhanced communications capability. [...]
Weve been overdue for having an asset like this in our fleet of protective vehicles, Donovan said, adding that leasing buses is not inexpensive that costs tens of thousands of dollars a month
. Designing our own vehicle really gives us a level of security that we couldnt achieve by doing it the other way.
The second bus will be used eventually by the Republican presidential nominee.