The controversial 41,477 square foot federally funded bus test facility in Altoona, Pennsylvania comes under close scrutiny. As a result of the UMTA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which accepted comments until July 24 from transit agencies and bus manufacturers, many questions regarding implementation of the principles of the facility as a mere testing ground which will not give pass/fail ratings, actual interpretation as to what qualifies as a new model bus, confidentiality of test results, the effect that federal involvement on the facility will have on both innovation and competition, whether or not private operators who contract to supply buses will be required to have their buses tested, and whether any real value will be obtained from the tests are being raised. As the start date for testing, September 30, 1989, approaches, Penn State will be the site of the road tests for buses because the Altoona facility does not have enough land to conduct these tests.

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    Bobit Publishing Company

    21061 S Western Avenue
    Torrance, CA  United States  90501-1711
  • Authors:
    • Bruhn, C G
  • Publication Date: 1989-7

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 19-24
  • Serial:
    • Metro
    • Volume: 85
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 10098-0083

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00486584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM