Bus

Micro BIrd G5 bus completes Altoona

Posted on May 30, 2013

Micro Bird announced its DRW G5 successfully completed Altoona Testing. Micro Bird submitted the G5 lift bus for a seven year/200,000 miles STURAA test (Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987). Testing started Oct. 8, 2012 and was completed Feb. 18, 2013.

Micro Bird outperformed the competition on the interior noise tests with impressive results and got to the finish line with a clean slate on the body structure.

Ensuring optimal safety, quality, durability and serviceability, the Micro Bird bus has been tested utilizing the below criteria:

  • Maintainability - This segment is broken down into three subsections, which focus on the ability and time required to service the bus’ components. These subsections include accessibility, service/preventative maintenance, and repair/replacement.
  • Reliability - Documents unscheduled breakdowns, repairs, down time and repair time that occurs during testing.
  • Safety - Determines handling and stability of the bus by measuring speed through a double-lane change test.
  • Performance - Determines acceleration, gradeability, top speed capabilities and braking of the bus.
  • Structural Integrity - Includes various subsections including structural shakedown, structural distortion, static towing, dynamic towing, jacking, hoisting and durability.
  • Fuel economy - Provides accurate comparable fuel consumption data on bus product by manufacturers.
  • Noise - Measures and records interior and exterior noise levels and checks for audible vibration under various operating conditions.
  • Emissions - Provides comparable gas and emissions data for buses produced by different manufacturers while operating the vehicle over a simulated route.

The Altoona Test, performed in Duncansville, Pa., is required for any bus purchased utilizing Federal Transit Administration funds. While there is no pass or fail designation applied, the standardized test is utilized as a comparison tool for purchase decisions.

Micro Bird buses have continually undergone Altoona Testing since 1993. In the event that a bus experiences substantial product redesign, the Altoona Test is re-administered. With each bus product line tested, Blue Bird is fully-compliant with Altoona Testing.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Last Chance for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Have you recently partnered with a solutions provider within the last year to implement a new innovation at your operation that has helped you save money, run more efficiently, streamline operations, improved customer satisfaction or increased ridership? Tell us what you did and how it has positively impacted your business.

NY MTA introduces the first of more than 2,000 state-of-the-art buses

After more than three decades of bearing more than a passing resemblance to refrigerators on wheels, the appearance of North America’s largest transit bus fleet is undergoing a stunning transformation

NY MTA rolls out first of 75 state-of-the-art New Flyer buses

In March, Gov. Cuomo announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40% of the current fleet.

Dallas' DART takes top spot at APTA's International Bus Roadeo

The Grand Champion Award recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score.

Webb Brake Adjusters introduces line for transit applications

These clearance-sensing automatic brake adjusters are designed for the severe-duty requirements of the transit market.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close