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"Can't decide whether to be a bus driver or a prison guard? Well, now you can be both. All the futility of repeatedly driving the same route in one of the most cumbersome vehicles ever designed, with the authority to increase prison sentences with very little accountability."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.
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The Vapid Police Prison Bus (formerly named "Prison Bus") is a bus featuring in The Lost and Damned, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

The Lost and Damned

The Prison Bus assumes various elements from various heavy vehicles, where the cowl (hood) design is based on the International Harvester S-Series, although lacking its distinctive power bulge. The headlights and grille bear a loose resemblance to the Chevrolet Kodiak. As for the bus body, the design is loosely based on the Blue Bird CV200 body.

The Prison Bus in The Lost and Damned is very different to the normal Bus as it is shorter, faster, and heavily armored for prison inmate transportation and protection for the Alderney State Correctional Facility. The bus' design is comparable to that of a typical American school bus, but features barred windows intended to keep transported inmates inside. The front area is reminiscent of that of a Yankee, even though both have different details and is available in a grayish light blue with Alderney State Department of Corrections emblems and ASCF stencils on both sides and both ends, between the roof lights. The vehicle also appears with two large grey bumpers on both ends, with an attached Liberty City license plate.

Players can only have access to the vehicle by using the doors on the right side, while the rear end door only serves as a decoration and cannot be used.

Grand Theft Auto V

Now known as the "Police Prison Bus", the bus shares the same design from TLAD. However, the bus now is blue in color and bears the livery of Bolingbroke Penitentiary State Prison. It comes with a white checkered pattern on the roof and looks much cleaner, compared to the previous rendition. The vehicle also features Gruppe 6 logos on the sides, just near the front part of the front fenders.

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Performance

The Lost and Damned

The Prison Bus performs much better than the Bus due to its shorter wheelbase and lighter construction. It has moderately good suspension and steering for a vehicle of its class, but given it is an armored vehicle, it suffers from poor acceleration, although it can achieve considerably good top speeds. Its heavy weight also allows for the ability to push aside smaller vehicles with ease. Also, the Prison Bus is All-Wheel Drive, which makes it a good performer off-road and on rough, uneven terrain. The Prison Bus is also durable at head-on collisions and rarely its engine is set aflame when severely damaged.

The Prison Bus is powered by a modeled twin-cam straight-4 cylinder with a turbocharger, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, all wheel configuration. It shares the same high-revving engine sound with the Bus.

TLAD Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
7500 / 16535
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, performance of the Prison Bus is rather basic for a vehicle of this type: being a slow and heavy vehicle, but it makes up for the weight and the armor. The Prison Bus still has a high top speed for a bus, in its class, but has poor braking and average handling, apart that it can tip over to the side at high speeds, making fast cornering considerably dangerous. The replacement of the AWD layout in favour of a RWD layout makes this vehicle less powerful off-road and would have trouble at climbing up pronounced slopes, but is still able to sort out uneven terrains thanks to the suspension.

The Prison Bus' high price of $550,000 in GTA Online could be considered 'not worth it', since it cannot seat as many as the normal Dashound and Bus

The Prison Bus is powered by the same modeled twin-cam straight 4 with a turbocharger featured in TLAD. This time, however, it is coupled to a 4-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout. The engine sound is roughly similar to that of the other buses in the game.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 56 / 90 4 N/A RWD 9000 / 19842 120
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A 4 FR DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

The Lost and Damned

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Missions
Heists
  • Prison Break - Bus - Four players have to steal a Prison Bus as a setup of the main heist. The vehicle is transporting a high-level prisoner and is being escorted by an FIB Buffalo and a Police Maverick. As the ambush team takes out the security and losing the wanted level, they store the Prison Bus to a scrapyard near Sandy Shores.
  • The Prison Bus is used in the heist finale. While the player assigned as Demolition have to get rid of the scheduled Prison Bus, the players assigned as Officer and Prisoner should use the vehicle stolen in the setup mission, in order to get access to the penitentiary. After getting in, two players, disguised as a cop and a prisoner respectively, start shooting at the prison guards and the NOOSE team in order to rescue Maxim Rashkovsky.

Locations

The Lost and Damned

The Prison is notably rare and it is one of the unique vehicles.

  • Only used during Off Route, where Johnny must hijack it full of inmates. To obtain it, the player must park the bus at a safehouse parking lot (The GTA IV ones or the clubhouse), move a safe distance away, and then kill themselves.
  • The bus also can be seen in the mission "Get Lost" when the player must break into the Alderney State Correctional Facility and then when he is breaking out. Although cannot be entered, is still possible to obtain it, but requires time and patience: When the player is tasked to leave the facility, they have to leave the bike without exiting the gate; then taking a heavy vehicle while keeping the camera where the bus is parked (any vehicle should be able to push the vehicle, but an SUV like a Patriot or a Cavalcade would be easier). After that, they have to push the bus out of the gate (moving the bike if necessary) and, once both vehicles are out, drive the bike outside the facility (Careful, entering again will cause a wanted level of 3 stars). The player must keep pushing the vehicle to the Lost MC Clubhouse (is recommended to push with the rear of the stolen vehicle to avoid damage), while having to switch between the bike and the vehicle, because the bus vanishes when is too far away or if the bike is too far away or severely damaged, the mission fails. Once the player arrives at the club, one must place the bus in the parking lot, put the stolen vehicle out of there, take the bike and finish the mission. After finishing the game and once gaining control of the protagonist, the player can drive to the clubhouse for the vehicle. If done correctly; the Prison Bus should be parked on there, available to enter and drive.

TLAD Multiplayer

  • In multiplayer, players can race with the prison bus when the vehicle class is selected as "Trucks".

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Found parked in numerous spots in the Bolingbroke Penitentiary. By entering the prison through the front gate and continuing straight down the road leading directly through the buildings, one will eventually run up against an immobile, locked gate through which several prison buses can be seen. The only ways to obtain them are to circle around the prison until reaching a gap between two prison buildings leading to the courtyard. Obtaining it is highly dangerous, due to the four stars wanted level acquired when trespassing the prison. Alternatively, it is possible to use a Cargobob to lift the vehicle and take it to a safe area; if the player is quick enough, he will get only a two stars wanted level.
  • In the mission Father/Son, when reaching the port city bridge, a Prison Bus will come from the opposite side of the bridge. To obtain it, the player must use the Sentinel as a barricade to get in it (as it will not stop by putting the car in front of it). Later, they have to destroy the Sentinel until the mission fails and, subsequently, cancelling to repeat it. After that, the player will appear riding it.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • A Prison Bus is featured during a mission for Lester, in which the player(s) must stop the bus and rescue a prisoner on board, but it cannot be kept after the mission is complete.
  • Can be purchased on Warstock Cache & Carry for $550,000, after completing The Prison Break.

Trivia

General

  • It is odd that the Prison Bus does not feature an interior barrier. Usually, prison transports uses an interior barrier to keep the prisoners away from the driver. However, the prisoners are likely supervised by a police officer or security guard inside.
  • The truck's horn varies in each between games. In TLAD, it uses the same truck horn as the Ripley and the Bus, while in GTA V, it uses a truck horn similar to the Mule.
  • The roof lights are oddly modeled like "tinted windows", showing the inside in a certain angle. However, in GTA V, these are correctly modeled and currently used at night.

The Lost of Damned

  • The Prison Bus, along with the Annihilator, are the only police vehicles with a radio in single player.
  • The Prison Bus only seats four occupants like the normal Bus, but in the mission Off Route, Johnny and the six prisoners will be in the same vehicle.
    • All these prisoners will be oddly placed inside, with their feet under the bus' floor and visible in the rear wheel wells. Accelerating and then braking will reveal this.
    • The seats also have missing textures on the underside.
  • Although the TLAD rendition is a law enforcement vehicle, the Tollbooths will treat it as a civilian vehicle. Therefore, attempting to pass without paying will result in a wanted level of one star.
  • Unusually, the player can pick up prostitutes, despite the vehicle is normally affiliated with the law enforcement and the fact that a Bus is unable to pick them.
    • In fact, the animation for the third "service" will be distorted, as the prostitute will move slowly to the driver's seat while performing the animation.
  • It is clear that the Prison Bus is based on the School Bus wrecks seen in the game. Both shares the same design, but the Prison Bus has barred windows and is a bit smaller than these.
  • For some reason, regardless if the Prison Bus is spawned with trainers, repaired with the health cheat or respawing in the Safehouses' parking lots, the fourth window of the left side (starting from the driver's window) will always have a missing glass pane.
  • While the Prison Bus has no manufacturer badges, police chatter will refer it as "a blue Brute prison bus".
  • On the Prison Bus main doors, by closing the right door and opening the left door completely with the player's character will make the same ignore the aforementioned door, passing through it when entering the vehicle.
  • The Prison Bus cannot be identified as a "favorite vehicle" in the statistics for some reason, regardless if the player have used it enough for such condition.

Grand Theft Auto Online

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