Request for proposal contract form for the transit industry



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Fare Collection


Space and structural provisions shall be made for installation of currently available fare collection devices, which shall be as far forward as practicable. Location of the fare collection device shall not restrict traffic in the vestibule, including wheelchairs if a front door loading device is used, and shall allow the driver to easily reach the farebox controls and to view the fare register. The farebox shall not restrict access to the driver area, shall not restrict operation of driver controls and shall not—either by itself or in combination with stanchions, transfer mounting, cutting and punching equipment, or route destination signs—restrict the driver’s field of view per SAE Recommended Practice J1050. The location and mounting of the fare collection device shall allow use, without restriction, by passengers. The farebox location shall permit accessibility to the vault for easy manual removal or attachment of suction devices. Meters and counters on the farebox shall be readable on a daily basis. The floor under the farebox shall be reinforced as necessary to provide a sturdy mounting platform and to prevent shaking of the farebox.

Contractor shall provide fare collection installation layout to the Agency for approval.

Transfer mounting, cutting and punching equipment shall be located in a position convenient to the driver.

Default

Agency will install its own farebox.



Alternative

Agency will specify a farebox for Contractor to install.


Interior Access Panels and Doors (Transit Coach)


Access for maintenance and replacement of equipment shall be provided by panels and doors that appear to be an integral part of the interior. Access doors shall be hinged with gas props or over-center springs, where practical, to hold the doors out of the mechanic’s way. Panels shall prevent entry of mechanism lubricant into the bus interior. All fasteners that retain access panels shall be captive in the cover.

Default

Access Doors that Do Not Require Tools or Keys to Open

Access doors shall be secured with hand screws or latches. All fasteners that retain access panels shall be captive in the cover.

Alternative

Access Doors with Locks

Access doors shall be secured with locks. The locks shall be standardized so that only one tool is required to open access doors on the bus.

Floor Panels


Access openings in the floor shall be sealed to prevent entry of fumes and water into the bus interior. Flooring material at or around access openings shall be flush with the floor and shall be edge-bound with stainless steel or another material that is acceptable to the Agency to prevent the edges from coming loose. Access openings shall be asymmetrical so that reinstalled flooring shall be properly aligned. Fasteners shall tighten flush with the floor.

The number of special fastener tools required for panel and access door fasteners shall be minimized.



Passenger Accommodations

Passenger Seating

Arrangements and Seat Style (Transit Coach)


The passenger seating arrangement in the bus shall be such that seating capacity is maximized and in compliance to the following requirements.

Note: The Agency recognizes that ramp location, foot room, hip-to-knee room, doorway type, width, seat construction, floor level type, seat spacing requirements, ramp or lift, number of wheelchair positions, etc. ultimately affect seating capacity and layout.

Default

Forward-Facing Seat Configuration

Passenger seats shall be arranged in a transverse, forward-facing configuration, except at the wheel housings and turntable, if applicable, where aisle-facing seats may be arranged as appropriate with due regard for passenger access and comfort. Other areas where aisle-facing seats may be provided are at wheelchair securement areas and platforms (such as for fuel tank storage space).

Alternative

Reclining seat.



Alternative

Perimeter Seating Arrangement

Passenger seats shall be arranged in longitudinal rows facing the centerline of the bus. One row of transverse, forward-facing seats shall be provided at the rear of the bus. Each seat shall have a minimum width of 17 in., not including any armrest. Seating capacity with this arrangement shall be no fewer than [insert number]seated passengers, not including the driver, with the specified seating arrangement.

Alternative

Combination Forward-Facing and Perimeter Seating Arrangement

Passenger seats shall be arranged in a transverse, two-position forward-facing configuration at the front section of the bus, and in longitudinal rows facing the centerline of the bus with one row of transverse, forward-facing seats provided at the rear of the bus. Each seat shall have a minimum width of 17 in., not including any armrest. Seating capacity with this arrangement shall be no less than [insert number]seated passengers, not including the driver, with the specified seating arrangement.

Rearward Facing Seats (Transit Coach)


Default

Rearward facing seats not allowed.



Alternative

Allow rearward facing seats.


Turntable Seating (Articulated Coach)


Default

Handholds or leaning rail.



Alternative

Seats.

Padded Inserts/Cushioned Seats (Transit Coach)


Default

Non-Padded Inserts - unapolstered

The passenger seats shall be equipped with unaplosted inserts throughout the bus.

Alternative

Non-padded inserts – apholstered

The seats shall be equipped with apholsterewd vandal resistant inserts throughout the bus.

Alternative

Padded Inserts

The passenger seats shall be equipped with padded inserts throughout the bus (measure to uncompressed surface).

Alternative

Fully Cushioned Seats

The passenger seats shall be fully cushioned throughout the bus (measure to compressed surface,150-lb person).

Alternative

Combination insert seating Padded inserts and fully cushioned

The passenger seats in the front section shall be equipped with inserts of choice and those in the rear (aft of the rear/exit door) shall be equipped with inserts of choice.

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