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Rear Door Interlocks


See “Hardware Mounting” for door system interlock requirements.

Emergency Operation


In the event of an emergency, it shall be possible to manually open doors designated as emergency exits from inside the bus using a force of no more than 25 lbs after actuating an unlocking device. The unlocking device shall be clearly marked as an emergency-only device and shall require two distinct actions to actuate. The respective door emergency unlocking device shall be accessible from the doorway area. The unlocking device shall be easily reset by the operator without special tools or opening the door mechanism enclosure. Doors that are required to be classified as “Emergency Exits” shall meet the requirements of FMVSS 217.

Door Control


The door control shall be located in the operator’s area within the hand reach envelope described in SAE Recommended Practice J287, “Driver Hand Control Reach.” The driver’s door control shall provide tactile feedback to indicate commanded door position and resist inadvertent door actuation.

Default


Door control located on street side.
Alternative

Location as specified by Agency.


Default

The front door shall remain in commanded state position even if power is removed or lost.


Alternative

As specified by Agency.


Door Controller


Default

Five-Position Driver’s Door Controller

The control device shall be protected from moisture. Mounting and location of the door control device handle shall be designed so that it is within comfortable, easy arm’s reach of the seated driver. The door control device handle shall be free from interference by other equipment and have adequate clearance so as not to create a pinching hazard.

Position of the door control handle shall result in the following operation of the front and rear doors:

Center position: Front door closed, rear door(s) closed or set to lock.

First position forward: Front door open, rear door(s) closed or set to lock.

Second position forward: Front door open, rear door(s) open or set to open.

First position back: Front door closed, rear door(s) open or set to open.

Second position back: Front door open, rear door(s) open or set to open.
Alternative

Push-Button Door Controls

Doors shall be operated by push-button controls, conveniently located and operable within the driver’s reach. The push buttons shall be labeled. There shall be a separate set of push button controls for the front and rear door(s), as needed.
Alternative

Two-position switch for front door only.



Door Open/Close


Alternative

Operator-Controlled Front and Rear Doors

Operation of, and power to, the passenger doors shall be completely controlled by the operator.
Alternative

Operator-Controlled Front and Passenger-Controlled Rear Doors

Operation of, and power to, the front passenger doors shall be completely controlled by the operator. Power to rear doors shall be controlled by operator. After enabling, the rear doors shall be opened by the passenger.
Alternative

Operator-Controlled Front and Passenger-Controlled Rear Doors with Provision for Driver Override

Operation of, and power to, the front passenger doors shall be completely controlled by the operator. Power to rear doors shall be controlled by operator. After enabling, the rear doors shall be opened by the passenger. A switch shall be provided to enable the driver to obtain full control of the rear doors.

A control or valve in the operator’s compartment shall shut off the power to, and/or dump the power from, the front door mechanism to permit manual operation of the front door with the bus shut down. A master door switch, which is not within reach of the seated operator, when set in the “off” position shall close the rear/center doors, deactivate the door control system, release the interlocks, and permit only manual operation of the rear/center doors.


Accessibility Provisions


Space and body structural provisions shall be provided at the front or rear door of the bus to accommodate a wheelchair loading system.

Loading Systems


There are three options:

  • high-floor lift

  • low-floor ramp

  • platform (boarding bridgeplate) level boarding

Lift


The wheelchair lift control system must be capable of receiving multiplex command from vehicle interlocks.

An automatically controlled, power-operated wheelchair lift system compliant to requirements defined in 49 CFR 571.403 (FMVSS 403) shall provide ingress and egress quickly, safely and comfortably, both in forward and rearward directions, for a passenger in a wheelchair from a level street or curb.

Default

Wheelchair lift mounted in front stepwell.


Alternative

Wheelchair lift mounted in rear center door location.


Alternative

Folding Lifts

When the system is not in use, the passageway shall appear normal. In the stored position of the ramp, no tripping hazards shall be present, and any resulting gaps shall be minimized. The controls shall be simple to operate with no complex phasing operations required, and the loading system operation shall be under the surveillance and complete control of the driver. If the loading system and controls are at the rear doors, a keyed switch shall be provided in the driver’s area to disable the loading system. The bus shall be prevented from moving during the loading or unloading cycle by a throttle and brake interlock system. The loading system shall be inhibited from stowing/deploying when a passenger is on the ramp/platform. A passenger departing or boarding via the ramp shall be able to easily obtain support by grasping the passenger assist located on the doors or other assists provided for this purpose. The platform shall be designed to protect the ramp from damage and persons on the sidewalk from injury during the extension/retraction or lowering/raising phases of operation.

The loading platform shall be covered with a replaceable or renewable nonskid material and shall be fitted with devices to prevent the wheelchair from rolling off the sides during loading or unloading.

Deployment or storage of the ramp shall require no more than 15 seconds. The device shall function without failure or adjustment for 500 cycles or 5000 miles in all-weather conditions on the design operating profile when activated once during the idle phase. A manual override system shall permit unloading a wheelchair and storing the device in the event of a primary power failure. The manual operation of the ramp shall not require more than 35 lbs of force.

Alternative

Heavy-Duty Ramp System

Power units must meet other spec requirements (hydraulic or electric).


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