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1 FTA Bus Testing Program March 28, 2013 Gregory Rymarz Federal Transit Administration Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation.

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1 1 FTA Bus Testing Program March 28, 2013 Gregory Rymarz Federal Transit Administration Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation

2 2 Introductions FTA Bus Test Program Manager: Gregory Rymarz Office Research, Demonstration, and Innovation Bus Test Program Principal Investigator: Dave Klinikowski Penn State University Bus Test Program Technical Advisor Stephen Brady Booz, Allen, & Hamilton

3 3 2013 EPA Emissions No testing required solely for 2013 emissions requirements Dear Colleague Letter for 2013 Cummins engines Cummins EPA 2013 engines would not be available until April 2013 FTA funds would available to purchase pre-2013 engines before December 31, 2013 Had to be used for signed bus orders prior to October 31, 2012 and used in buses built before October 31, 2013

4 4 Passenger Weight Rulemaking Passenger Weight Rulemaking has been withdrawn Bus Testing will continue operating under the October 2009 (over GVWR) rule Test Buses are loaded until no standee space remains At full test load Mid-sized Buses are typically overloaded (GAWR and/or GVWR) At full test load, Heavy-duty buses are not typically overloaded Question – In actual transit service are mid-sized buses operated with standees aboard?

5 5 Passenger Weight for Testing - Options Allow bus manufacturers to specify the quantity of standee passengers on a bus model provided that: If the bus is designed for standees, a standee line is present and the total quantity of standees is identified If the bus is not designed for standees, the bus is placarded accordingly on the bulkhead and no standee line is present Existing Standee loading procedures would be applied to buses that are standee capable (150 lb per 1.5 sq. ft.) For buses not intended for standee passengers only the weight of seated and wheelchair passengers would be loaded (150/600 lb respectively) The ability to transport standee passengers will be highlighted in the test report Comments?

6 6 Thank You Gregory Rymarz Office of Mobility Innovation Federal Transit Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Room E43-302 Washington, DC 20590 202-366-6410 gregory.rymarz@dot.gov


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