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Latest Updates to the Bus Testing Program

Latest Updates

October 11, 2019: FTA hosted a Peer to Peer Exchange with Transit Vehicle Manufactures regarding the state of the Bus Testing Program. Listed below are the presentations, which outlined the existing capabilities of the current Bus Testing center at Penn State University – as well as the current FTA process. Additionally, Auburn and Ohio State University, who are two newly established partners in the Bus Testing Program, provided background on their current capabilities within vehicle testing and how they plan to move forward.

  • FTA Bus Testing Review Process and Planned Improvements (view presentation)
  • LoNo Bus Testing and Component Assessment Program, Auburn University (view presentation)

  • LoNo Cap and Bus Testing Current Capabilities and Expansion Plans, The Ohio State University (view presentation)

  • Bus Research and Testing Program, Penn State (view presentation)

August 1, 2016: FTA announced a final bus testing rule for improving the process of ensuring the safety and reliability of new transit buses.

January 5, 2011: FTA posted a new program-wide determination on Bus Testing Requirements for buses manufactured on a gasoline-fueled third-party chassis and then converted to a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system.

October 9, 2009: FTA posted a new program-wide determination on Bus Testing Requirements for buses equipped with engines complying with EPA 2010 emissions standards.

October 5, 2009: FTA published a Final Rule (PDF) in the Federal Register, titled “Bus Testing; Phase-In of Brake Performance and Emissions Testing, and Program Updates.”  The effective date of the Final Rule, and therefore the effective date of the new braking performance and emissions tests, and other updates, is January 1, 2010. 

Changes to the following sections of this website were made:

September 30, 2008: FTA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register “Bus Testing; Phase-In of Brake Performance and Emissions Testing, and Program Updates.”  The public comment period on the NPRM is open until December 1, 2008.  Interested members of the pubic are invited to view the NPRM and view/post comments on it by visiting and searching for either "Bus Testing" or "49 CFR Part 665".

Updated: Monday, January 27, 2020
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