Request for proposal contract form for the transit industry



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Operating Environment


Default

The bus shall achieve normal operation in ambient temperature ranges of 10 ºF to 115 ºF, at relative humidity between 5 percent and 100 percent, and at altitudes up to 3000 ft above sea level. Degradation of performance due to atmospheric conditions shall be minimized at temperatures below 10 °F, above 115 °F or at altitudes above 3000 ft. Altitude requirements above 3000 ft will need separate discussions with the engine manufacturer to ensure that performance requirements are not compromised. Speed, gradability and acceleration performance requirements shall be met at, or corrected to, 77 °F, 29.31 in. Hg, dry air per SAEJ1995.


Alternative

Agency will provide temperature range.


Noise

Interior Noise


The combination of inner and outer panels and any material used between them shall provide sufficient sound insulation so that a sound source with a level of 80 dBA measured at the outside skin of the bus shall have a sound level of 65 dBA or less at any point inside the bus. These conditions shall prevail with all openings, including doors and windows, closed and with the engine and accessories switched off.

The bus-generated noise level experienced by a passenger at any seat location in the bus shall not exceed 80 dBA. The driver area shall not experience a noise level of more than 75 dBA. Measurements of interior noise levels shall be taken in accordance with SAEJ2805. An exception shall be made for the turntable area, which shall be considered a separate environment.


Exterior Noise


Airborne noise generated by the bus and measured from either side shall not exceed 80dBA under full power acceleration when operated at 0 to 35 mph at curb weight. The maximum noise level generated by the bus pulling away from a stop at full power shall not exceed 83 dBA. The bus-generated noise at curb idle shall not exceed 65dBA.If the noise contains an audible discrete frequency, a penalty of 5 dBA shall be added to the sound level measured. The Contractor shall comply with the exterior noise requirements defined in local laws and ordinances identified by the Agency andSAEJ366.

Default

Noise level should be as stated.


Alternative

Agency to state what noise level should be required.


Fire Safety


The bus shall be designed and manufactured in accordance with all applicable fire safety and smoke emission regulations. These provisions shall include the use of fire-retardant/low-smoke materials, fire detection systems, bulkheads and facilitation of passenger evacuation.

Materials


Default

All materials used in the construction of the passenger compartment of the bus shall be in accordance with the Recommended Fire Safety Practices defined in FMVSS 302.


Alternative

All materials used in the construction of the passenger compartment of the bus shall be in accordance with the Recommended Fire Safety Practices defined in FTA Docket 90-A, dated October 20, 1993.Materials entirely enclosed from the passenger compartment, such as insulation within the sidewalls and sub-floor, need not comply. In addition, smaller components and items, such as seat grab rails, switch knobs, small light lenses, door seals, window seals, steering wheel, steering column and escape hatches shall be exempt from this requirement.


Fire Suppression


default

The bus shall have a fire suppression system installed per manufacturer’s recommendations.


ALTERNATIVE

No fire suppression system.


Respect for the Environment


In the design and manufacture of the bus, the Contractor shall make every effort to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous waste. In accordance with Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Contractor shall use, whenever possible and allowed by the specifications, recycled materials in the manufacture of the bus.

DIMENSIONS

Physical Size


With exceptions such as exterior mirrors, marker and signal lights, bumpers, fender skirts, washers, wipers, ad frames, cameras, object detection systems, bicycle racks, feelers and rubrails, the bus shall have the following overall dimensions as shown in Figure 1at static conditions and design height.

FIGURE 1

Transit Bus Exterior Dimensions



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Bus Length


For ease of use, the following tolerances will be allowable for each given bus length. Bus length is determined as the measurement from bumper to bumper.

  • 30ft bus:29 ft, 11 in. to 34ft, 11 in.

  • 35ft bus:35ft to 39ft, 11 in.

  • 40ft bus: 40ftto 44ft, 11 in.

  • 45ft bus: 45 to 47ft

  • 60ft (articulated) bus: 59 to 65ft

Bus Width

Transit Coach


Default

102 in. Width Bus

Body width shall be 102 in. (+0, -1 in.).
Alternative

96 in. Width Bus

Body width shall be 96 in. (+0, -1 in.).

Commuter Coach


Default

102 in. Width Bus

Body width shall be 102 in. (+0, -1 in.).
Alternative

96 in. Width Bus

Body width shall be 96 in. (+0, -1 in.).

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