Bus Research and Testing Center

The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center, located in Altoona, PA, was established in 1989 by the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute with funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The facility houses four bus maintenance and test bays and is fully equipped to perform heavy vehicle maintenance and repair.

The Altoona facility also houses the administrative and accounting operations of the Bus Research and Testing Program. The staff at the Center are responsible for program operations associated with testing new model buses as required by federal law.

Currently, the Center tests buses for safety, structural integrity, durability, performance, maintainability, noise, and fuel economy. In accordance with the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the Center tests brake performance, bus emissions, and buses using alternative fuels. Permanent facilities for testing and repairing vehicles that use gasoline, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, methanol/ethanol, propane, and battery-powered electricity have been in place since 1997.

In 2011, the Center was granted A2LA Accreditation.