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Bus Tests

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Upon arrival at the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center, each bus undergoes a detailed check-in procedure. The objective of the check-in procedure is to document the "as arrived" condition and configuration of the new model bus.

Eight tests are then performed on the buses: Maintainability (includes accessibility), Reliability, Safety (includes brake performance), Performance, Structural Integrity and Durability, Fuel/Energy Economy, Noise (interior and exterior), and Emissions.

The data from all the tests are compiled into a test report that is made available to the manufacturer to provide information during the procurement process. 



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