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Eldorado National California submitted a model Passport HD, diesel-powered 32 seat (including the driver) 35-foot bus, for a Partial STURAA Test in the 10 year 350,000 mile category. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 1.1 Accessibility of Components and Subsystems, 4.1 Performance Test, 6. Fuel Economy Test, 7. Noise tests, and 8. Emissions Test. Testing started on July 26, 2013 and was completed on September 9, 2013. The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and specifies its major components.
The interior of the bus is configured with seating for 32 passengers including the driver. Eight seats fold away for two wheelchair positions. Free floor space will accommodate 14 standing passengers resulting in a potential load of 46 persons. At 150 lbs per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 27,820 lbs.
Effective January 1, 2010 the Federal Transit Administration determined that the total number of simulated passengers used for loading all test vehicles will be based on the full complement of seats and free-floor space available for standing passengers (150 lbs per passenger). The passenger loading used for dynamic testing will not be reduced in order to comply with Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR’s) or the Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR’s) declared by the manufacturer. Cases where the loading exceeds the GAWR and/or the GVWR will be noted accordingly. During the testing program, all test vehicles transported or operated over public roadways will be loaded to comply with the GAWR and GVWR specified by the manufacturer.
Accessibility, in general, was adequate, components covered in Section 1.3 (Repair and/or Replacement of Selected Subsystems) along with all other components encountered during testing, were found to be readily accessible and no restrictions were noted.
The performance of the bus is illustrated by a speed vs. time plot. Acceleration and gradeability test data are provided in Section 4, Performance. The average time to obtain 50 mph was 33.43 seconds. Top speed obtain on the dynamometer was 67 mph.
A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 3.95 mpg, 4.43 mpg, and 8.18 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 4.80 mpg.
A series of Interior and Exterior Noise Tests was performed. These data are listed in Section 7.1 and 7.2 respectively.
The Emissions Test was performed. These results are available in Section 8 of this report.