Important COVID-19 Info

Based on evolving federal guidance and statewide mitigation plans announced by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf around the growing coronavirus pandemic and the global efforts underway to stop its spread, testing operations at the Larson Transportation Institute’s Bus Testing and Research Center have been suspended until further notice. Administrative operations continue with our employees working remotely.

We will issue updates to this situation as they become available. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our staff with any questions or concerns related to the services we provide.

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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