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Directions to the Bus Research and Testing Center

From State College:
Take I-99 S/US-220 S toward Altoona/Philipsburg for approximately 39 miles. Take the Plank Road exit (Exit 31), making a left turn onto US-220 Business Route/West Plank Road. The Altoona Bus Test Center is 1.3 miles ahead on the right.

From Pittsburgh:
Take I-376 E/US-22 E toward Monroeville, merge onto US-22 E/William Penn Highway via the LEFT exit toward Murrysville. Travel approximately 80 miles and merge onto I-99 N/US-220 N via the LEFT exit toward Altoona. Using Exit 31, merge right onto US-220 Business Route/West Plank Road. The Altoona Bus Test Center is 1.3 miles ahead on the right.

From Harrisburg:
Take I-76 W/Pennsylvania Turnpike toward Pittsburgh for approximately 82 miles. Use Exit 146 toward US-220/US-30/I-99 and pay toll. Turn left onto US-220 Business Route, immediately moving into the left lane and turn left onto I-99 entrance ramp. Merge right onto I-99 N/US-220 N toward Altoona and travel approximately 31 miles. Use Exit 31 to merge right onto US-220 Business Route/West Plank Road. The Altoona Bus Test Center is 1.3 miles ahead on the right.

Altoona map

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Directions to the Test Track

From the Institute’s Transportation Research Building:
Follow Hastings Road to Porter Road. Turn left onto Porter Road and proceed straight through the intersection with Park Avenue, at which time Porter Road becomes Fox Hollow Road. Stay on Fox Hollow Road past Toftrees, around a sharp right turn, and when the Fox Hollow Road makes a sharp left turn, bear right onto Fox Hill Road. Follow Fox Hill Road until you reach a T-intersection with Rock Road. Turn left onto Rock Road, turn right onto the Test Track entrance road.


From Interstate 80:
Use Exit 161 (Bellefonte) to follow Rt. 220/Rt. 26 South for approximately 8 miles (after 2-3 miles Rt. 26 South exits to the right at Pleasant Gap--Don't exit). Take Exit 74 (Penn State University/Innovation Park) then merge into the left lane (heading toward Hospital and Beaver Stadium). You are now on Park Avenue. Turn right onto Fox Hollow Road. Stay on Fox Hollow Road past Toftrees, around a sharp right turn, and when the Fox Hollow Road makes a sharp left turn, bear right onto Fox Hill Road. Follow Fox Hill Road until you reach a T-intersection with Rock Road. Turn left onto Rock Road, turn right onto the Test Track entrance road.

From Route 322:
Take the Penn State University/Research Park exit merging to the right onto Park Avenue. At the intersection of Fox Hollow Road and Park Avenue, turn right. Stay on Fox Hollow Road past Toftrees, around a sharp right turn, and when the Fox Hollow Road makes a sharp left turn, bear right onto Fox Hill Road. Follow Fox Hill Road until you reach a T-intersection with Rock Road. Turn left onto Rock Road, turn right onto the Test Track entrance road.
Test track map
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About

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