The overweight condition of transit buses costs the transit industry in increased fuel consumption and brake and tire wear as well as increased dynamic loads on the bus itself and in increased road damage. The Advanced Technology Transit Bus Program (ATTB) underway in California will reverse this trend of increasingly heavy buses. The ATTB program will incorporate state-of-the-art aerospace materials and technologies, be affordable, have low operating and maintenance costs, weigh one-third less than current buses, emit ultra-low emission and provide easy access for handicapped passengers. The project is divided into four basic phases: 1) feasibility studies, preliminary performance and design requirements, and the identification of potential materials, components, and subsystems; the phase was completed in November 1993; 2) design validation, initiated in March 1994; 3) prototype design and fabrication, with the first prototype to be delivered in October 1996; and 4) field testing, to complete the project by the end of 1999.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Transit Administration

    Office of Technical Assistance and Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1995-5


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  • Accession Number: 00711341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Brief 2
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1995 12:00AM