Small Transit Bus for National Park and Federal Lands

The objective of this project is to develop with partners a low-floor, low-emissions, and cost-effective prototype vehicle for application in the national park transit system, which can serve as a potential platform for a low-floor community transit vehicle. Consistent with FTA objectives to foster federal lands transit technology transfer, FTA is providing funding support to an industry/government collaborative effort to develop a low-floor, low-emissions, and cost-effective prototype vehicle for application in national park transit systems. The vehicle platform is also very promising for use as a low-floor community transit vehicle. The project team will develop a small (approximately 26-feet long) prototype low-floor, natural gas powered small bus based on the GMT 560 platform that can accommodate tracks, and is suitable for use in transit and in the national parks. The vehicle will undergo rigorous testing and demonstration drives. The project team will also develop a report on the ability of the prototype vehicle to meet new HHS/NHTSA rules for community transit vehicle ("school activity bus" rule). The overall project is structured to leverage the federal investment with significant industry cost share.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project participants include the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Yellowstone National Park, ASG Renaissance, Arboc Ltd, Champion Bus, and General Motors. This is a Congressionally Directed Project.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Gikakis, Christina

  • Performing Organizations:

    Department of Energy

    Idaho Operations Office
    Idaho Falls, ID  USA  83401
  • Principal Investigators:

    Anderson, Mike

  • Start Date: 20021200
  • Actual Completion Date: 20031200
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8731

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459020
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: ID-26-7002
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:55PM