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Altoona Bus Testing Facility

Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center

The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center, which is located at 2237 Old Route 220 North, Duncansville, Pennsylvania, houses four bus maintenance and test bays and is fully equipped to perform heavy vehicle maintenance and repair. 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 addition to being the primary maintenance facility, the shakedown, distortion, jacking, hoisting, reliability, maintainability, and interior noise tests are performed at the Altoona Center. The remaining tests are performed at the Bus Research and Testing Facility at the Larson Institute Test Track, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

The Altoona Center also houses the administrative and accounting operations of the Bus Research and Testing Program.

Bus Testing Track in State College, PA

The Larson Institute Test Track

The test track of The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State is a full-scale experimental highway that was designed in the early 1970s as a pavement durability research facility and expanded in 1989 with funding from the Federal Transit Administration to serve as an additional test facility for the Bus Research and Testing Program.

The expansion, which included a vehicle test lane on the inside edge of the pavement durability lane, a handling area, two durability courses, and a brake slope, is referred to as the Bus Research and Testing Facility. It is at this facility that the safety, static and dynamic tow, durability, performance, exterior noise, and brake tests are performed.

The test track facility is equipped to fuel gasoline, diesel, liquefied natural gas and methanol. Compressed natural gas and high-pressure hydrogen are available individually or as a blend from a fast-fill fueling facility located on campus.

In 2004, a 10,000 ft2 Vehicle Research and Testing Laboratory funded by the Federal Transit Administration was completed adjacent to the test track.