Small transit vehicles, defined as those vehicles seating 7-25 passengers and intended for public transportation use, are available in a variety of makes and models with markedly different characteristics affecting both operators and users. This report documents the specifications and operating experience of small transit vehicles available in the United States. Despite the fact that the demand for small transit vehicles has only recently begun to grow there are many more manufacturers of these vehicles than there are of full size transit vehicles. Vehicles are divided into three main categories: vans and van conversions, small buses, and converted motor homes. Operating experience was obtained by sampling from manufacturer provided user lists. Vehicle specifications were obtained directly from the manufacturer. No vehicle has been completely free of problems; no one vehicle is clearly superior to all others, nor is any one category of vehicle clearly superior to any other. A vehicle operator must weigh a number of variables before determining which vehicle is best for a particular application.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ECI Systems, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Flusberg, M
    • Kullman, B
    • Casey, R
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 138 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092144
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-OST-75-17
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TS-7769
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM