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Loading System for 30- to 60-ft Low-Floor Bus


An automatically-controlled, power-operated ramp system compliant to requirements defined in 49 CFR Part 38, Subpart B, §38.23c 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


Front Door Location of Loading System, Flip-Out Design Ramp with 6:1 Slope

The wheelchair loading system shall be located at the front door, with the ramp being of a simple hinged, flip-out type design being capable of deploying to the ground at a maximum 6:1 slope.


Alternative

Rear/Center Door Location of Loading System, Flip-Out Design Ramp with 4:1 Slope

The wheelchair loading system shall be located at the rear/center door, with the ramp being of a simple hinged, flip-out type design being capable of deploying to the ground at a maximum 4:1 slope.
Alternative

Front Door Location of Loading System, Flip-Out Design Ramp with 6:1 Slope

The wheelchair loading system shall be located at the rear door, with the ramp being a flip-out type design being capable of deploying to the ground at a maximum 6:1 slope.
Alternative

Rear/Center Door Location of Loading System, Flip-Out Design Ramp with 6:1 Slope

The wheelchair loading system shall be located at the rear/center door, with the ramp being a flip-out type design being capable of deploying to the ground at a maximum 6:1 slope.

Loading System for Level Boarding on a 45- to 60-ft Low-Floor BRT


For level-entry boarding in applications such as BRT, where the vertical transition from the vehicle floor and the boarding and alighting surface is no more than 3 in., a bridgeplate shall be used. Bridgeplates 30 in. or longer shall support a load of 600 lbs, placed at the centroid of the ramp or bridgeplate distributed over an area of 26 × 26 in., with a safety factor of at least 3, based on the ultimate strength of the material. Bridgeplates shorter than 30 in. shall support a load of 300 lbs. When deployed to boarding and alighting surface, the slope of the bridgeplate shall not exceed 6:1.

Alternative

Rear Door Location of Bridgeplate Loading System

The bridgeplate loading system shall be located at the rear/center door.


Wheelchair Accommodations


NOTE: Agency will approve acceptable securement system.

Default


Two Forward-Facing Wheelchair Securement Locations

Two forward-facing locations, as close to the wheelchair loading system as practical, shall provide parking space and securement system compliant with ADA requirements for a passenger in a wheelchair.


Alternative

Additional (Beyond Two) Number of Wheelchair Securement Locations

[Agency to specify quantity] forward-facing location(s), as close to the wheelchair loading system as practical, shall provide parking space and securement system compliant with ADA requirements for a passenger in a wheelchair.
Alternative

Non-Forward Facing

All passenger securement devices must be stowed off the floor and out of the way when not in use.

Interior Circulation


Maneuvering room inside the bus shall accommodate easy travel for a passenger in a wheelchair from the loading device and from the designated securement area. It shall be designed so that no portion of the wheelchair protrudes into the aisle of the bus when parked in the designated parking space(s). When the positions are fully utilized, an aisle space of no less than 20 in. shall be maintained. As a guide, no width dimension should be less than 34 in. Areas requiring 90-degree turns of wheelchairs should have a clearance arc dimension no less than 45 in., and in the parking area where 180-degree turns are expected, space should be clear in a full 60-in.-diameter circle. A vertical clearance of 12 in. above the floor surface should be provided on the outside of turning areas for wheelchair footrest.

SIGNAGE AND COMMUNICATION

Destination Signs


A destination sign system shall be furnished on the front, on the right side near the front door.

Alternative

Route sign on the rear of the vehicle.
Alternative

Street and Curb Side Route Sign

The sign located near the front door shall not block the driver’s critical horizontal line of sight. Display areas of destination signs shall be clearly visible in direct sunlight and/or at night. Parts shall be commercially available.

All signs shall be controlled via a single human-machine interface (HMI). In the absence of a single mobile data terminal (MDT), the HMI shall be conveniently located for the bus driver within reach of the seated driver.

Alternative

The sign shall not be located within reach of the seated driver.

The destination sign compartments shall meet the following minimum requirements:


  • Compartments shall be designed to prevent condensation and entry of moisture and dirt.

  • Compartments shall be designed to prevent fogging of both compartment window and glazing on unit itself.

  • Access shall be provided to allow cleaning of inside compartment window and unit glazing.

  • Front window shall have an exterior display area of no less than 8.5 in. high by 56 in. wide.

Alternative

No active defogging required.


Alternative

Run number sign.


Passenger Information and Advertising

Interior Displays


Provisions shall be made on the rear of the driver’s barrier or equipment box located on the wheel well for a frame to retain information such as routes and schedules.

Advertising media 11 in. high and 0.09 in. thick shall be retained near the juncture of the bus ceiling and sidewall. The retainers may be concave and shall support the media without adhesives. The media shall be illuminated by the interior light system.

Alternative

Next stop display.


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