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Optima Bus Corporation submitted a model Opus Under 32’ LFB, diesel-powered 28 seat (including the driver) 31-foot bus, for a partial STURAA test in the 12 yr/500,000 mile category. The odometer reading at the time of delivery was 59,688 miles. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 5.2 Structural Distortion Test, 5.3 Static Towing Test and 5.4 Dynamic Towing Test. Testing started on July 14, 2006 and was completed on July 21, 2006. The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and specifies its major components.
The interior of the bus is configured with seating for 28 passengers including the driver. Free floor space will accommodate 22 standing passengers resulting in a potential load of 50 persons. At 150 lbs per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 29,240 lbs.
The Distortion Test was completed with all subsystems, doors and escape mechanisms operating properly. Water leakage was observed throughout testing around the passenger entry door. (Finish work on both sides of the door is not installed). Leakage was also observed at the driver’s side window and ran into the dash area.
The Static Towing Test was performed using a target load (towing force) of 26,904 lbs. All four front pulls were completed to the full test load with no damage or deformation observed. The Dynamic Towing Test was performed by means of a front-lift tow. The towing interface was accomplished using a hydraulic under-lift wrecker. The bus was towed without incident and no damage resulted from the test. The test bus was not equipped with rear tow eyes or tow hooks, therefore, a rear test was not performed.