Bus Testing Program
This website provides information to help grantees and transit vehicle manufacturers both comply with the requirements of, and benefit from the information provided by, the FTA Bus Testing Program. The FTA will announce interpretations, clarifications, and changes in policies and requirements on this Bus Testing Program website as they occur, so please subscribe to email updates, and review the information on this site before acquiring buses with FTA grant funds, seeking a determination of Bus Testing requirements, or submitting a bus model for testing.
Before recipients of FTA grant funding (“grantees”) can release that funding to acquire a bus model, they must have a copy of the FTA Bus Testing Report(s) that applies to that bus model to ensure that the bus has satisfied FTA Bus Testing requirements (described in the pages linked below). Variations of previously-tested bus models that are subsequently produced with major changes may be covered by a combination of a Partial Bus Testing Report covering the data that would be expected to be different as a result of the changes, and a full Bus Testing Report to provide the unaffected data carried over from the original baseline model.
There are often significant differences in the performance, durability, and reliability of different bus models. Carefully reviewing Bus Testing Reports not just for the bus model(s) under consideration, but also for other buses built by the same manufacturer, and similar buses built by other manufacturers can help grantees select the best bus for their needs and minimize future problems.
Essential Bus Testing Information
- Responsibilities of Grantees and Manufacturers
- Obtaining and Understanding Bus Testing Reports
- Bus Testing Requirements Determination and Testing Authorization Process
- FTA Bus Testing Contact Information
Additional Bus Testing Information
- Testing Guidelines (including Partial Testing and Family of Vehicles policy)
- Prototype Vehicle Policy
- FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Program-Wide Policies and Determinations
- Test Procedures (developed by the Bus Testing Center and approved by FTA)
- Interpretations of Definitions in the Bus Testing Regulation
- Bus Testing Resources and Links
General Bus Testing Information
FTA dedicates the bus testing rule to the memory of our departed colleague, Gregory Rymarz, whose vision, energy and intelligence were instrumental in its creation.