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Converted Metro bus motorhome with rooftop dance floor asks $12K

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Complete with original seats for the full effect

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Bus conversions aren’t entirely uncommon. We’ve seen plenty of school buses and even shuttles transformed into campervans and even full-time homes. But it’s not every day you see a former King County Metro coach—all 40 feet of it—transformed into a party palace, complete with a private bedroom and a rooftop dance floor.

“This bus has faithfully transported myself and my friends to many music festivals and has now taken the yearly trip to Burning Man 5 years in a row,” reads the Craigslist listing. “Starts easy and runs great.”

The exterior is instantly recognizable as a former Metro bus, with the color scheme and even the LED flip-dot readerboard intact. Some bus conversions involve gutting the whole thing and building up a whole new interior, but this one instead embraces its past. Original seating finds new life in different configurations—and some just stuck around.

The model, a Gillig Phantom Transit Coach, was used by both Metro and Sound Transit, plus other transit agencies across the country. It has certainly had a life so far, with more than 500,000 miles on it—not especially surprising, between its original calling as a county bus and its five trips to Nevada since then. It’s asking $12,000.

This Metro bus is really living it up during its retirement.
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Leaving the windows as they were means plenty of natural light.
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The design uses the bus’s original seats—just flipped around to create a few booths for dining and conversation.
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The priority seating by the front of the bus stuck around.
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The back of the bus has been converted into a bedroom that locks for privacy—again integrating the original seats into the decor.
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Beep beep.
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The roof has a pop-up railing to keep the dance party from spilling over.
Courtesy of Michael Black