Test Reports

Bus reports can be accessed in electronic form by entering the bus database or can be ordered in hard copy from the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center for $12.00 each plus shipping and handling.

All the data collected from the various tests on a bus are compiled into a report that contains the test results and, if the manufacturer requests, recommendations for possible design changes or improvements. (There are no minimum performance standards for the tests nor are the tests rated "pass" or "fail.") The bus reports are considered confidential until the manufacturer gives permission to publish it or until such time as the manufacturer responds to a procurement bid by a Federal Transit Administration-funded recipient. 

Prior to purchase, recipients requesting federal funding must obtain a copy of the report for the specific bus model that is to be purchased using federal funds. This enables the recipient to manage risk during procurement by providing an unbiased means of comparing bus performance on standardized tests. 



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