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Bus Research and Testing Center

The Larson Transportation Institute's Bus Research and Testing Center, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, was established in 1989 with funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The facility houses four bus maintenance and test bays and is fully equipped to perform heavy vehicle maintenance and repair.

The Altoona facility also houses the administrative and accounting operations of the Bus Research and Testing Program. The staff at the Center is responsible for program operations associated with testing new model buses as required by federal law.

Currently, the Center tests buses for maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, structural integrity and durability, fuel/energy economy, noise, and emissions. In accordance with the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the Center tests brake performance, bus emissions, and buses using alternative fuels. Permanent facilities for testing and repairing vehicles that use hydrogren, gasoline, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, methanol/ethanol, propane, and battery-powered electricity have been in place since 1997.

In 2011, the Center was accredited for ISO/IEC-17025 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).


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Established in 1989 by the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute with funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration, the Larson Transportation Institute’s Bus Research and Testing Center tests buses for safety, structural integrity, durability, performance, maintainability, noise, emissions, energy economy, and fuel economy. Based primarily in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the Center also has a facility located at the Larson Transportation Institute Test Track in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.  

Bus Research and Testing Center

2237 Plank Road

Duncansville, PA 16635

Phone: 814-695-3404

Fax: 814-695-4069