Schedule Testing

To schedule a vehicle for bus testing, please follow the steps below. If you have general questions about the bus testing program or the federal regulations governing the program, please contact David Klinikowski at or (814) 863-1898.

Step 1
Obtain an information package that contains a Test Procedure Descriptiontwo Contracts for Testing, and the Time and Fee Schedule from this web site or by contacting the Altoona Bus Testing and Research Center.

Step 2
Read the Test Procedure DescriptionContract for Testing, and the Time and Fee Schedule. Contact Jennifer Lego at or Jennifer Noll at if you have any questions regarding the information presented in these documents.

Step 3
Once you have reviewed the information and are able to determine an approximate date on which bus will be delivered for testing, please provide a letter to Brad Long at indicating the bus model, vehicle specifications (chassis, engine, fuel type, length, etc.), service-life category for testing, and the expected date of delivery. 

The start date for testing is handled on a first-come-first served basis and is subject to the availability of personnel and facilities. The vehicle is added to the schedule upon the execution of the Contract for Testing.

Step 4
Print and provide two completed and signed copies of the Contract for Testing and one copy of the insurance certificate, license plate, and vehicle registration or certificate of origin on a date at least two weeks prior to the delivery of the bus for testing. These documents should be sent to David Klinikowski. The contract and insurance certificate will be processed at Penn State and a fully-executed copy of the contract will be returned to the manufacturer. The check for testing fee is due at the time of vehicle delivery. 

Detailed insurance requirements are set forth in Paragraphs 12 and 13 of the contract. Briefly, the certificate must include  Automobile Liability insurance for $1,000,000 U.S., and  Physical Damage coverage (collision, comprehensive). Penn State University must be included on the certificate as an additional insured.

Step 5
Contact the Altoona Bus Testing and Research Center several days prior to the expected date of shipment to arrange for delivery and unloading. The bus must arrive at the Altoona Bus Testing and Research Center (2237 Plank Road, Duncansville, PA 16635) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Step 6
At the time of delivery, provide a check for the Manufacturer's 20 percent portion of the test fee, service documentation, and spare parts as indicated in the contract. The bus must be licensed for operation over public streets.  



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