Bus Testing Reports

The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and managed by the Larson Institute, tests buses for safety, structural integrity, durability, performance, maintainability, noise, and fuel economy for all new model buses as required by federal law. In accordance with the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the Center tests brake performance, bus emissions, and buses using alternative fuels.

All the data collected from the various tests are compiled into a report that contains the test findings and, if the manufacturer requests, recommendations for possible design changes or improvements. Each report is considered confidential until the manufacturer gives permission to publish it or until such time as the manufacturer responds to a procurement bid by an FTA-funded recipient. Reports can then be accessed in electronic form here or can be ordered from the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center for $12 each plus shipping and handling.



The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891