Request for proposal contract form for the transit industry

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Non-Drive Axle

The non-drive axle is the drive axle without the drive gear with a load rating sufficient for the load to GVWR.

Tag Axles (Commuter Coach)

A tag axle shall be located behind the drive axle. The tag axle shall be a solid beam type with fixed steering. The tag axle shall have single tires the same size as the tires on the front and drive axles. Tag axle weight shall not exceed 14,000 lbs. With full passenger seating capacity, load on any axle shall not exceed 22,400 lbs. Combined load capacity weight on the drive and tag axles shall not exceed 36,500 lbs. A tag axle unloading feature will allow full or partial unloading, or dumping of air from the tag axle air spring bellows. This feature enables weight to shift to the drive axle for more traction. Manual unloading valves are located inside the RH rear curbside service door.


Steerable tag axle will be provided.

TS 26.Turning Radius


Maximum Turning Radius

Bus Length

Maximum Turning Radius
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Agency Requirement

30 ft.

31 ft. (TR0)

35 ft.

39 ft. (TR0)

40 ft.

44 ft. (TR0)

45 ft.

49 ft. (TR0)

60 ft.

44.5ft (outside front axle, TR0)

17 ft. (inside rearmost axle, TR4)


Turning Radius


Service Brake


Brakes shall be self-adjusting. Brake wear indicators (visible brake sensors) shall be provided on exposed push rods.


Visible stroke indicators may be combined with electronic brake monitoring system and vehicle brake warning system to notify driver and maintenance of unsafe brake conditions.



Service brakes shall be controlled and actuated by a compressed air system. Force to activate the brake pedal control shall be an essentially linear function of the bus deceleration rate and shall not exceed 75 lbs at a point 7 in. above the heel point of the pedal to achieve maximum braking. The heel point is the location of the driver’s heel when his or her foot is rested flat on the pedal and the heel is touching the floor or heel pad of the pedal. The ECU for the ABS system shall be protected, yet in an accessible location to allow for ease of service.

The total braking effort shall be distributed among all wheels in such a ratio as to ensure equal friction material wear rate at all wheel locations. Manufacturer shall demonstrate compliance by providing a copy of a thermodynamic brake balance test upon request.


Air or hydraulic brakes.


No automatic traction control.


Microprocessor controlled automatic traction control (ATC) shall be provided.


The ABS/EBC controller must support EBC1 (PGN 61441) “Brake Pedal Position” (SPN 521) to support and enhance fuel savings technologies.

Friction Material

The brake linings shall be made of non-asbestos material. In order to aid maintenance personnel in determining extent of wear, a provision such as a scribe line or a chamfer indicating the thickness at which replacement becomes necessary shall be provided on each brake lining. The complete brake lining wear indicator shall be clearly visible from the hoist or pit without removing backing plates.


No remote brake wear indicator shall be required.


Remote brake wear indicator shall be provided.

Hubs and Drums/Discs

Replaceable wheel bearing seals shall run on replaceable wear surfaces or be of an integral wear surface sealed design. Wheel bearing and hub seals and unitized hub assemblies shall not leak or weep lubricant when operating on the design operating profile for the duration of the initial manufacturer’s warranty.


Drum Brakes

The bus shall be equipped with brake drums. Brake drums shall allow machining for oversized linings per manufacturer’s specifications.


Disc Brakes on Front Axle

The bus shall be equipped with brake drums on the rear axle and disc brakes on the front axle. The brake drums shall allow machining for oversize linings per manufacturer’s specifications, and brake discs shall allow machining of each side of the disc to obtain smooth surfaces per manufacturer’s specifications.


Disc Brakes on All Axles

The bus shall be equipped with disc brakes on all axles, and the brake discs shall allow machining of each side of the disc to obtain smooth surfaces per manufacturer’s specifications.

The brake system material and design shall be selected to absorb and dissipate heat quickly so that the heat generated during braking operation does not glaze the brake linings.

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