BUS DESIGN: CONCEPTS AND EVALUATION

A SYSTEMS APPROACH IS ADOPTED FOR DESIGN DEFINITION AND PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURE OF A PASSENGER BUS WHOSE APPEARANCE AND CHARACTERISTICS WILL IMPROVE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF NONRAIL PUBLIC TRANSIT. A DESIGN MATRIX IS PICTURED IN WHICH SIX EVALUATIVE CRITERIA (COMFORT, SAFETY, PERFORMANCE, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, SERVICE LIFE, AND COST) ARE PLOTTED AGAINST NINE DESIGN PARAMETERS (PASSENGER AND DRIVER COMPARTMENTS, PROPULSION/DRIVE TRAIN, SUSPENSION/STEERING/BRAKING, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, EXTERIOR STRUCTURE, INFORMATION/COMMUNICATIONS, FARE COLLECTION, AND TOTAL VEHICLE SYSTEM). THESE MAJOR CATEGORIES ARE BROKEN DOWN INTO DESIGN AND EVALUATION ELEMENTS, AND BASIC TRADE-OFF ANALYSES ARE PERFORMED. AN ANALYSIS IS PRESENTED OF THE TYPES AND SERVICE RANGES OF BUS FLEET OPERATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF EXISTING TRANSIT TRENDS. THE SYSTEM DEFINED BY THE ANALYSIS COMPRISES LOW FLOOR, LOW PROFILE, REAR-DRIVE GAS TURBINE, INTEGRAL BODY WITH IMPACT AND ROLLOVER STRUCTURE, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, DOOR OPPOSITE DRIVER, AND LOW WINDOW RAILS. THIS SYSTEM HOLDS 12 TO 24 PASSENGERS, DEPENDING ON MODULE SELECTIONS AND INTERIOR CONFIGURATION. THE OVERALL LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT AND WHEELBASE (FEET-INCHES) ARE, RESPECTIVELY: 24-11, 7-6, 8-0, AND 13-10.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No Ny-MTD-18, 211 PP, 81 FIG, 10 TAB, 28 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    Rensselaer Research Corporation

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  • Publication Date: 1970

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241554
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1971 12:00AM