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									                                                    TO BID

                                  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PURCHASES
                                         City Hall - Room 324
                                           45 Lyon Terrace
                                         Bridgeport, Ct 06604
                                            (203) 576-7291

     SEALED BIDS will be received by the Department of Public Purchases on the following until
                                2:00 PM, Thursday, July 28, 2005

                                                                    Kathryn Cullen, Board of Education Buyer

                                                                            July 13, 2005

(2) Two Separate and sealed bids will be received by the Department of Public Purchases, City Hall, 45 Lyon
Terrace, Room 324, Bridgeport, Ct., until 2:00 PM, Thursday July 28, 2005 and then publicly opened.

The intent of the Invitation for Bid is to obtain pricing for TYPE II SCHOOL BUSSES for the 2005-2006
school year for the City of Bridgeport Board of Education.

For further information contact Dick Huot, Business Director BOE @ 203-576-7327 or by e-mail at

The Contractor is prohibited from assigning, transferring, conveying, subletting, or otherwise disposing of this
agreement or it’s rights, title or interest therein or its power to execute such agreement to any other person,
company or corporation without prior consent and approval in writing by the City.


Bidder must comply with the following:

       Certificates of Insurance required shall be furnished to the Department of Public Purchases, City
        Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604 and must be shown as issued to the City of
        Bridgeport as additional insured.

       The undersigned “bidder shall be bound and obligated to perform and subscribe to all aspects, terms
        and conditions of the attached “Instructions to Bidders”.

The City of Bridgeport reserves the right to:

       The City of Bridgeport Public Schools reserves the right to waive any formalities in bids; to reject any
        or all bids; or to accept the ones that in their judgment will be for the best interest of the School
        Department and/or the City of Bridgeport, Ct.

       To make awards not based solely on low bid when time is a critical factor.

       It is the policy of the City of Bridgeport Public Schools that no person shall be excluded from
        participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against in, any program, including
        employment, on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital
        status, sexual orientation, past/present history of mental disorder, learning disability and/or physical


The Contractor is prohibited from assigning, transferring, conveying, subletting, or otherwise disposing of this
agreement or its rights, title or interest therein or its power to execute such agreement to any other person,
company or corporation without the prior consent and approval in writing by the City.

It is hereby understood, agreed and acknowledge that upon award of the successful bid the undersigned
bidder shall be bound and obligated to perform for the City of Bridgeport in accordance with the Terms,
Obligations, Conditions, and Specifications as set forth in this bid and the Invitation to Bid. Any changes,
revisions or alterations of this contract of the Terms, Conditions, and Requirements herein shall deem this
document to be null and void. This bid, the Invitation to Bid and the Purchase Order shall be an
enforceable contract between the City and the undersigned bidder.

Bid Submission: Sealed bids must be received and time-stamped by the Purchasing Department prior to
bid closing time. No bid received after bid-closing time will be considered. To assure that you’re bid
received priority treatment within our mailing systems please make as follows.

        Bid due, Date & Time “BID #BEB5667 – MINI SCHOOL BUSSES

 Late Bids: It shall be the sole responsibility of the bidder to pay for any type of delivery service charge, and
to see that the Office of the Purchasing Agent receives his/her bid on time. The clock used shall be the
Purchasing Agent’s official date and time stamp clock. The City does not assume financial responsibility for
late deliveries by the U.S. Postal System or any other delivery service

If your envelope is not marked accordingly, the City will not assume responsibility.

_______________________________________                            ________________________________
COMPANY NAME                                               DATE

_______________________________________                         ________________________________
ADDRESS                                                    NAME OF OFFICER CO/CORP
                                                                (Please print)

_______________________________________                         ________________________________
PHONE                     FAX                              AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE

_______________________________________                         ________________________________
E-MAIL                                                     FEDERAL ID # or SOCIAL SECURITY #

_______________________________________                            ________________________________
CONTRACT SIGNATURE                                         DATE

These instructions are standard for all proposals issued by the City of Bridgeport Public
Schools, Bridgeport, CT. where a vendor is to furnish labor, materials and/or necessary
equipment to complete a Bid as outlined in our detailed specifications, The City of
Bridgeport Public Schools (CBPS) may delete, supersede or modify any of these standard
instructions for a particular proposal.

      1.0 The attached proposal is signed by the bidder with full knowledge of an
agreement with the general specifications, conditions and requirements of this Bid.

        1.1 Submit proposal in an envelope marked with the bidder's name and address on
the upper left hand corner. Proposal shall be made out in the exact form of enclosed
proposal form on bidder's letterhead and shall be signed by an officer of the company or
corporation. Bids are to be plainly marked in the lower left hand corner, Bid number, name
of Bid, opening date and time.

      1.2 Bids received later than the date and time specified will not be considered.
Amendments to or withdrawals of Bids received later than the date and time set for Bid
opening will not be considered.

       1.3 All deliveries of commodities shall comply with all applicable laws of the Federal
Government and/or the State of Connecticut. Purchases made by the CBPS are exempt
from the payment of Federal Excise Taxes and the State of Connecticut Sales Tax and
such taxes must not be included in the Bid prices. All prices are FOB to Bridgeport, CT.

      1.4 A ten percent(10%) Bid Bond, Certified Check or Cashier's Check must be
submitted with proposal.

       1.5 The CBPS reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive technical
defects and to make such awards, including accepting a Bid, although not the low Bid, as it
is deemed to be in the best interests of the CBPS.

       1.6 The CBPS may withhold acceptance of work and payment when it is determined
that said work or materials do not meet the specified requirements. Payment will not be
made until work is to the CBPS’s officials and/or authorized agent’s satisfaction, and all
work is certified.

        1.7 The CBPS may make such investigation as deemed necessary to determine the
ability of the bidder to discharge his contract. The bidder shall furnish the CBPS with all
such information and data as may be required for the purpose. The CBPS reserves the
right to reject any Bid if the bidder fails to satisfactorily convince the CBPS that he/she is
properly qualified by experience and/or does not have the facilities to carry out the work
called for herein. Conditional Bids will not be accepted.

       2.0 Specifications cannot be modified by anyone other than the assigned agent for
the City of Bridgeport Public Schools.

      2.1 The successful bidder shall, after being awarded the contract, and before doing
any work, furnish Certificates of Insurance, including Automobile Property Damage
Liability, Public Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance in the amounts shown in

       2.2 All work done under this Bid must comply with all State and Federal Regulations
regarding school buses.

      2.3 Payments will only be made upon delivery and inspection. No payments will be
made for material stored on the site.

      2.4 The work included in these specifications covers all labor, material, equipment,
and services required to complete what is listed in the invitation to bid.

       2.5 The contractor shall and does hereby, as part of the contract, guarantee all
vehicles for a period of five (5) years and unlimited miles from the date of delivery of the

 The contractor shall be required to complete the CONTRACTOR AFFIRMATIVE
 ACTION STATEMENT, APPENDIX B, with their completed bid proposal package. The
successful Contractor shall comply in all respects with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Act. Findings of non-compliance with applicable State and Federal equal opportunity laws
and regulations will be sufficient reason for revocation or cancellation of this contract.

The contractor shall be required to complete the CONTRACTOR INDEMNIFICATION,
APPENDIX C, with their completed bid proposal package.

              4.0 There shall be no smoking or other use of tobacco products in any school
building at any time, nor on school grounds during normal school hours. Proper attire is to
be worn at all times. Contractor's personnel shall use extreme caution while driving motor
vehicles on school property.

       4.1 The Contractor shall not sublet, sell, transfer, assign or otherwise dispose of
contract or any portion thereof or of his right, title or interest therein, or of his obligations
there under, without consent of the Board.

       4.2 Waiver of Subrogation: The contractor/insured will require all insurance policies
in any way related to the work and secured and maintained by the contractor/insured to
include clauses stating each underwriter will waive all rights of recovery, under subrogation
or otherwise, against owner, architect, and all tiers of contractors or consultants engaged
by them. The contractor/insured will require of subcontractors, by appropriate written
agreements, similar waivers each in favor of all parties enumerated in this section.

                                           Appendix A

To the extent applicable, the amounts and types of insurance will conform to the minimum
terms, conditions and coverages of Insurance Services Office (ISO) policies, forms and

If the contractor/insured has self-insured retentions or deductibles under any of the
following minimum required coverages, the contractor/insured must identify on the
certificate of insurance the nature and amount of such self-insured retentions or
deductibles and provide satisfactory evidence of financial responsibility for such
obligations. All self-insured retentions or deductibles will be the contractor/insured’s sole

Commercial General Liability: The contractor/insured will maintain commercial general
liability insurance covering all operations by or on behalf of the contractor/insured on an
occurrence basis against claims for personal injury (including bodily injury and death) and
property damage (including loss of use). Such insurance will have these minimum limits:

       Minimum Limits:      $1,000,000 each occurrence
                            $2,000,000 each occurrence if blasting is required
                            $2,000,000 general aggregate with dedicated limits per project
                            $2,000,000 products and completed operations aggregate
                            $1,000,000 personal and advertising injury

Workers’ Compensation: The contractor/insured will maintain workers’ compensation and
employer’s liability insurance required by the State of Connecticut.

                                        APPENDIX B

       45 Lyon Terrace
       Bridgeport, CT 06440

TO:           All Vendors

FROM:         Richard A. Huot, Director of Business

SUBJECT:      Affirmative Action

       The City of Bridgeport Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and will
not transact business with firms that are not in compliance with all Federal and State
Statues and Executive Orders pertaining to non-discrimination.

        In order to have your firm listed on our acceptable vendors’ list and thereby be
eligible for consideration as a source for goods and services, please complete and return
the following Statement of Policy to us.

                                                          Richard A. Huot
                                                          Director of Business


        It is the employment policy of ______________________________________
that there shall be no discrimination against anyone on the grounds of race, creed, national
origin, sex or age in the hiring, upgrading, demotions, recruitment, termination and
selections for training.

      In addition, this firm is in full compliance with the letter and intent of the various
Equal Employment Opportunities and Civil Rights Statutes noted above.

__________________________                 _______________________________________
     Date                                  Signed (Name/Title of Company Officer

     Telephone                             Street Address

                                       APPENDIX C


The contractor shall at all times indemnify and save harmless the CBPS and its officers,
agents, and/or employees against any and all claims, demands, damages, losses,
judgments, costs, worker's compensation payments, litigation expenses and counsel fees
arising out of injuries to the person (including death) or damage to property alleged to have
been sustained by:

      a. officials, officers, agents and/or employees of the CBPS or;

      b. the contractor, his subcontractors or materialmen or;

       c. any other person, whose injuries are alleged to have occurred on or near the
work, or to have been caused in whole or in part by the acts, omissions or neglect of the
contractor or his sub-contractor or materialmen by reason of his or their use of faulty,
defective or unsuitable work.

The existence of insurance shall in no way limit the scope of this indemnification. The
contractor further undertakes to reimburse the CBPS for damage to property of the CBPS
caused by the contractor, or his employees, agents, subcontractors or materialmen or by
faulty, defective or unsuitable material or equipment used by him or them.


COUNTY OF:                                             Signed




Subscribed and Sworn to before me on this

      day of                             19

               Notary Public
                               24 Passenger Mini Bus
                         Bid Specification General Information

This bid is for three School Bus with a wheel base of 160 inches or less, that meets
all state and federal regulations and have diesel engines, and seating for 24
students with only two students to a seat (6 seats on each side). For two additional
school buses with a wheel base of 160 inches or less which will handle 2 wheel
chairs and six (6) students minimum and have diesel engines.

All listed requirements are the minimum requirements. Please list on a separate
sheet the items that are equivalent. Include items that either exceed the
requirement or do not meet the requirement.

                       Bid Specification - Chassis Requirements


CHASSIS:            2005 or newer

ENGINE:            Diesel engine 175 HP or approved equal.
Engine warranty shall be 5 years and unlimited mileage.

TRANMISSION:        Allison AT545

GENERATOR/:         105 AMP rating -12-volt.

FUEL TANK:            Right side, 35 U.S. gallons capacity to be located between frame rails
for safety. The exterior fuel fill opening shall be covered with a hinged metal door, which
contains a positive latch.

OIL FILTER:         Throwaway type.

STEERING:           Power steering with tilt telescopic steering column.

FRAME:               Integral body frame, heavy duty “C” frames with internal cross
members or equivalent construction approved for school bus application use. To be
completely painted for rust and corrosion protection prior to body mounting.

EXHAUST:              Aluminized, unitized muffler – tailpipe, converter equipped, single
exhaust or equal.

COOLING:            Radiator and transmission oil cooler, heavy duty cooling.

AIR FILTER:         Chassis manufacturer’s recommended standard for applicable use.

BRAKES:             Power, Disc ABS self-adjusting. Parking-cable to rear wheels, foot
                    operated or equal. Please include the additional cost for air brak
BATTERY:            2 - 12-volt negative ground system with 1900 CCA battery supplied
maintenance free type. Battery box shall provide a jump start stud.

REAR AXLE            15,500 Lbs. rating
RATIO:               Rated for highway speeds.

FRONT AXLE:          6,000 Lbs. rating

SUSPENSION:          Coil Front-independent 8,000 lbs. capacity or equal.
                     Rear springs 19,800 lbs. – Two-stage multi-leaf with shock absorbers.
                     Front stabilizer bar. Heavy duty shock absorbers front & rear.

TIRES:                Dual rear drive wheels (total six wheels) to be all season steel belted
radial B/W sized for GVW vehicle capacity.
                     United furnished with wheels painted black.

RIMS:                6 22.5 INCH 6.75 D.C. Steel

Stop Arm and         Stop arm (electric) meeting Federal and State specs, octagon,
Crossing Gate        red with white letters with flashing red lights
                     Crossing gate, air operated, front bumper mounted

BACKUP ALARM: Include an approved backup warning alarm

SEPARATOR:           Diesel engine to have a fuel water separator installed Racor or

CONTROLS:            Key starter switch.
                     Dual electric horn.
                     Tridon flasher (or equivalent)
                     Turn signal switch with automatic return, manual or self-
canceling and
                     lane change.
                     Switch serviceable without dismantling steering column.
                     Traffic hazard switch.
                     Parking brake lever and warning light on dash.
                     Engine shutdown, electric, key switch operated.

GAUGES:              Electronic speedometer and tachometer, programmable.
                     Water temperature.
                     Fuel indicator.
                     Oil pressure – direct reading.
                     Voltmeter, 8 to 18 volts, with color bands indicating battery

BUMPER               Heavy Duty, One-piece

DRIVER’S              C.E. White 1580R or equivalent. It shall be a fixed suspension high
back with vertical and horizontal adjustment. Seat shall include adjustable lumbar support
and a back tilting adjustment. A driver lap and shoulder belt that meets FMVSS 209 and
210 shall be supplied.
Bid Specification – Body Requirements


Loads – The floor shall be designed to support all fixed and changeable loads. Fixed
loads shall consist of all parts of the body supported by the floor system. Changeable
loads are live loads determined on the basis of 125 pounds per passenger with two
passengers per seat. The weights of the passengers and seats may be estimated at 70
pounds per square foot of floor area. To allow for vibration and shock, all loads shall be

(Openings should be made only when required such as a wheel housing.)

Floor Sills – All high strength steel floor joist are to be 16 gauge or heavier. All sills shall
extend the full effective width of the floor without splicing so the floor will support the roof
load imposed by the side posts.

There shall be a main joist sill at each post or bow-frame, except in the wheelhouse area.
Maximum spacing of the joists shall be 36”.

The bus bodies transverse and longitudinal frame members should allow stress to flow
evenly throughout the bus body. The manufacturer should substantiate the strength
integrity of any joint or gusset connection of these members to prove they are of equal or
greater than a continuous constructed member.

Stepwell – A stepwell, having three steps, shall be built into the front assembly and
completely enclosed with doors extending to bottom step. Each step shall be .05
aluminum and covered with ribbed rubber as per the 1995 National Standards.

Entrance step shall extend below shirt line to such depth as necessary to make the
distance to the ground from the bottom of the step no less than 10” and no more than 14”.

Floor Covering – The floor in under seat area, including wheel housings and driver’s
compartment, shall be covered with a smooth finish rubber, or an approved equal covering
at least one-eight inch thick. The aisle and entrance area shall be covered with a ribbed
pattern rubber, or an approved equal covering at least three sixteenth inch thick. The
adhesive for laminating the covering to the floor shall be a water resistant type of trowel or
spray consistency. An approved rust proof molding strip shall be applied over all edges
and joints of the covering. If the chassis is equipped with transmission cover, the cover
shall be placed on top of floorboard and securely fastened and sealed. Transmission
cover fasteners shall be of the hexagon head, cap screw type.


Framing – Where posts or bow frames are not loaded in a plane of symmetry, they shall be
braced so as to deflect without twisting. The minimum depth of member shall be at least
11/2” and shall be 16 gauge or heavier. The maximum spacing shall be 30” on centers on
all sections except one, which shall be no greater than 40” on center.
Roof Strainers – Two or more roof strainers or longitudinal members equal in strength to
roof bows shall be provided to space the roof bows and reinforce the flattest portion of the
roof skin. These strainers may be installed between the roof bows or applied externally.
They shall extend from the first full rafter and when combined with the rear emergency
door post, are to function as longitudinal members extending from the first rafter to the rear
floor body cross member. At all points of contact between strainers or longitudinal
members and other structural material, attachment shall be made by means of welding,
riveting or bolting. If strainers are applied internally, they shall be fastened to each roof
bow so that the joint is equal in strength to the cross section of the weaker member. If
strainers are applied externally, all joints must be lapped the full width of the roof bow and
attached to each roof bow with four rivets or securely welded.

After the load, as called for in the static load test, has been removed, none of the following
defects shall be evident.

Failure or separation at the joints where strainers are fastened to the roof bow.

Appreciable difference in deflection between adjacent strainers and roof bows.

Twisting, buckling or deformation of the strainer cross section or fastening.

Side Strainer(s) – There shall be one or more side strainers or longitudinal members to
connect the vertical structural members and to provide impact and penetration resistance
in the event of contact with other vehicles or objects.

The side strainer shall be installed in the area between the bottom of the window and the
bottom of the seat frame and shall extend completely around the bus body, except for the
door openings and body cowl panel.

The formed side strainer to be a minimum of 16-gauge metal, 3” wide before forming.

The side strainers are to be fastened to each vertical structural member, in any one, or a
combination of the following methods as long as stress continuity of the member is

       Installed between the vertical members.
       Behind the panels but attached to the vertical members.
       Outside of the external panels.

The fastening method employed shall be such that the strength of the strainer is fully

The side strainer or longitudinal member may be combined with a rub rail, or be in the form
of an additional rub rail, so long as the separate conditions and physical requirements for
the longitudinal rub rails are met.
Rear Framing – The emergency doorposts shall extend from the floor sill to the window
header and shall be 16-gauge or heavier. There shall be installed on each side of the
emergency door posts an additional post equal in strength to the side posts which shall
extend from the floor sill to the window sill.

Skirt Reinforcement – There shall be installed at the bottom of the outer paneling a
continuous skirt stiffener equal in strength to a 1 inch by 1/8-inch angle. If body
construction is of such a design that this type stiffener cannot be used, an additional rail
shall be applied externally. Rail to be equal in strength and construction to the guard rails
required in the Guard rail Section. This stiffener shall be supported by extending posts or
bow-frames or by the 16-gauge gussets.

Window Framing – A 16-gauge formed header of strainer (not a flat strip) with a depth of at
least 11/2” perpendicular to the side of the body or a 16-gauge formed header equal to
strength to roof bows shall be used at the top of the windows.


Design – Joints in roof panels should occur only at roof bows, roof strainers and window

Sheet Metal Skin – All paneling above the top of the floor, except the cowl panel and wheel
housing shall be of 20-gauge or heavier.

Wheel Housing – The wheel housing shall be attached to the floor in such a manner as to
prevent any water or dust from entering the body. They shall be designed for easy
removal of tires and shall be .050 thick metal or heavier.


Number – In addition to the side strainer or rub rail required in the above wheel housing
section, there shall be applied to the outside of the body, three guard rails. These
members to be corrugated so as to provide maximum stiffness and shall be .060 thick or
heavier. Pressed-in guard rails will not meet these requirements. Guard rails shall be
located at the following elevations: floor, seat and windowsill or an acceptable equivalent
arrangement. The seat level and window level rails to begin at the entrance doorpost on
the right side of the body and, except for the rear emergency door, extend around the rear
of the body to left first full rafter. Where design problems cause difficulty in installing one
of the above guard rails, the floor level rail may be extended in its place or an additional
strainer installed.

Floor level guard rails to begin at the entrance door posts on the right side of the body and,
except for the wheel house and gas filler area, to extend to the right rear body post, and to
the left first full rafter and except for the wheel house are, to extend to the left rear body
post, except where design does not permit installation. Splices, if any, to be located at
post by lapping the full width of the supporting part of the posts. All guard rails to be
cleaned, primed and rust proofed underneath before being installed on body. All guard
rails to be attached in an approved manner. Sheet metal screws not acceptable except in
locations where rivets cannot be used.

General – Throughout the construction of the body, there shall be evidence of good
workmanship and engineering ability.
Vehicle shall be subject to a durability test of at least 3000 miles with at least a 10:1
multiplier over real world service.
Body shall meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 220 and 221.


Sheet Metal Lining – The roof section of the body is to be entirely lied with 20-gauge
perforated sheet metal. Lining panels to have a minimum of at least 2” unperforated steel
for attaching to roof bows or an acceptable equivalent design. Panels must be designed
and fastened to minimize vibration and to be installed for easy removal. Panels from
window sill to seat rail to be 22-gauage texturized and embossed stainless, aluminized, or
clear coated galvanized steel sheet, or texturized aluminum.

Moldings – At the junction of the interior paneling and the floor, there shall be installed a
galvanized, aluminum or other corrosion resistant molding of approved design.
All interior lining shall be secured with sheet metal screws or rivets.


24 (12 right & 12 left), with lap seat belts.


       Assist Rail – Two safety assist handles or rails shall be provided at the front
located on the left, securely mounted inside of body and should extend to bottom step to
be within approximately 28” of ground. Assist handle should be made from 1” O.D. round
stainless architectural tubing or 1” O.D. anodized aluminum.
Crash Barrier – Crash barrier shall meet Federal Motor Vehicle Standard No. 222 and shall
be constructed and covered as per seat backs with the approved seat cover material.
Crash barrier material shall be fire block type.


Wiring – All wiring shall conform to the standard of the Society of Automotive Engineers. It
shall be color and number coded, insulated and protected by covering of fibrous loom, or
approved equal covering. All fuse/circuit breaker blocks shall have circuit identification

Wiring should be in circuits as follows or as pre-approved: dome and stepwell lights,
flasher lights and stop arm lights, emergency door buzzer, windshield wipers, heaters and
defroster, and turn signal system. Body electrical connections between body and chassis
should be made at the connection furnished on the chassis. Wires will not be spliced into
existing chassis wiring.
Relays – There shall be provided two approved constant service, heavy-duty master relays
which are to be actuated by the ignition switch and through which all electrical accessories
except the turn signal units are to be wired. Wiring from the chassis to the relays and from
the relays to the fuse block shall be number 10-gauge wire. One master relay to supply
current for the dome lights, stepwell light, windshield wipers, emergency door buzzer and
heater and defroster. The other master relay to supply current for the flashing stoplights,
top arm light and flashers.

Interior Lighting – Interior lights shall consist of at least four flush mounted ceiled lights and
an adequately protected inside stepwell light. The stepwell light shall be activated when
door is opened and engine switch is on.

Clearance and Marker Lights – Combination clearance and marker lights shall be installed
as required and shall be Weldon 5000 series or approved equal. The lights are to have a
base of non-rusting metal. The lens for the front light to be amber in color and the lens for
the rear lights shall be red in color. Lights are to be wired to operate from the headlight
switch. Intermediate side marker light is to be the same as the front corner marker lights.
All lights mounted on the side of the body shall have a metal shield.

Flasher Lights – The body shall be equipped with four flasher stop lights. The lens shall be
red in color and made from an acrylic resin and designed to give illumination throughout
180 degrees and be clearly visible for a minimum of 500 feet. Lends shall be at least 7” in
diameter and the light assembly shall be of a flat black design. Bulb shall be a replaceable
quartz halogen type. The ground wire shall be attached to a roof bow or strainer. Location
of lights and direction of beams are to be approved

The circuit shall be wired so that one front, one rear, and one stop arm light shall
flash alternately with the other front, rear, and stop arm light. The switch to operate
flasher lights is to be located in the control panel in the closest location to the driver
seat and adjacent to the air door switch and will actuate the relay from the ignition
switch (location to be approved). The flasher shall be all electronic (Weldon 7000 or
approved equal).

Flashing Stop Arm – There shall be installed on the left outside of bus body an electric
operated stop arm which has two flashing lights. The blade for stop arm be octagonal in
shape and shall be at least 18” diameter across flats. Lens for lights shall be red in color,
fastened in approved manner and shall be at least 4” in diameter. Lights shall be double-
faced and the “S T O P” shall be placed on the stop arm on both sides in white enclosed
retroreflective high intensity or approved equal letters 6” high on a red enclosed
retroreflective high intensity or approved equal background.

The stop arm to be operated by a 6” rubber diaphragm. Line to be metal or nylon with
suitable fittings. Assembly shall be installed as recommended by the arm manufacturer.

Directional Turn Signals – There shall be installed on the rear of the body, in an approved
location, two amber lens direction turn signals lights. These two lights shall have a 7”
diameter lens. Rear directional turn signal lights shall be wired to hazard warning switch.
Lens shall have a smooth exterior surface. In addition, a side directional light is to be
installed on the body to work in conjunction with the turn signals. Location to be approved.
Stop/Tail Lights – Buses shall be equipped with four combination stop/tail lamps.
(1) Two combination lamps at least 7 inches in diameter or if a shape other than round, a
minimum of 38 inches of illuminated area shall be mounted on the rear of the bus just
inside the turn signals. Lens material is to be acrylic plastic and the lamp shall comply with
applicable SAE standard. These lamps are to be Weldon 1010 or approved equal.

(2) Two combination lamps with a minimum diameter of 4 inches, or if a shape other than
round, a minimum of 12 square inches of illuminated area shall be placed on the rear of
the body between the belt line and the floor. The rear license plate lamp may be combined
with the lower tail lamp. All lens material is to be acrylic plastic and the lamp shall comply
with the applicable SAE standard. These two lower lamps are to be Signal-Stat #2103 or
approved equal.

Backup Lights – The backup lights (2 required) shall have 4” diameter lens. Backup lights
will be wired to switch on transmission.

Backup Warning Alarm – An automatic audible alarm shall be installed behind the rear
axle and shall comply with the Society of Automotive Engineering Standard (SAE 994b).
The alarm shall be activated when the transmission is placed in reverse gear only.

Emergency Door Buzzer – On the rear emergency door post at the emergency door lock
there shall be installed a switch which is actuated by a maximum of ¼” travel of the lock
bolt. The switch shall be covered and wired to an approved buzzer system which meets
FMVSS 217 to warn the driver when the emergency door is not properly fastened.

Accessory Power Point Hookup – Panel location to be approved.


Ventilation – The body shall be equipped with an effective ventilation system which is
capable of providing an adequate supply of fresh air and of property ejecting foul air under
all conditions of operations. This system shall be adequately weather and dust proof.
Static type exhaust roof ventilator shall be used and installed in the front area of roof in an
approved location.


Material and Location – The inside of the skirting from the floor to its bottom edge shall be
completely coated with an asphalt base undercoating material conforming to the Federal
Specifications No. TT-C-520 (1) latest amendment or an approved equal. Underside of
wheel housing shall be coasted with same material. The space between the exterior and
interior perforated roof panels shall be completely covered with a 11/2” thick layer of
fiberglass or acceptable equivalent. Fiberglass screen to be placed between insulation
and perforated roof panels or an acceptable equivalent facing.

Service Door – The service door shall be located at the front of the bus and on the driver’s
right. Service door electric, operating, panic free, outward opening under control of driver
and so designed as to prevent accidental opening. Door shall seal against a stationary
rubber and bottom step edge. Service door shall be a double wall, metal, split type with a
minimum of 2” safety gap sealed with an approved flexible material. It shall be securely
hinged with approved piano type greaseable hinges, or approved equal fastened to the
adjoining member in an approved manner, and shall be provided with suitable weather
stripping at top and bottom to prevent leaks. Doors shall extend to bottom step. Minimum
horizontal clearance shall be 24”. Minimum vertical clearance shall be 68”. An approved
exterior handle for operating outward opening doors is required. A suitable safety pad
shall be installed on interior of door header. Front and rear entrance door leafs to be
sealed where door shafts extend into body to prevent dust and contamination from
entering door actuator area.

Emergency Door – An emergency door shall be located in the center of the rear of the
body. It shall have a minimum horizontal clearance of 24” and a minimum vertical
clearance of 48”. Door shall be hinged on the right side with an approved type of hinge
meeting FMVSS 217 requirements. It shall open outward and shall be designed to open
from both inside and outside of bus. Door should be equipped with a metal or approved
strap door stop which shall limit its opening to 120 degrees. A suitable safety pad shall be
installed on interior of door header that will provide padding for vertical and horizontal
surfaces. The words “Emergency Door” shall be lettered on or above door on inside. Rear
emergency door and side emergency door (if required by FMVSS 217) must be equipped
with a hold open device which complies with FMVSS 217. Door to be equipped with an
audible buzzer which will sound when latch is moved toward open position.

The emergency door is to be equipped with a gear and rack fastening device or approved
equal. Rack shall be 1 1/4” x 5 ½” x 3/8” steel and shall be designed for 1 ¼” of travel in
locking. Rod for operating lock should be a minimum of 12” x 4 1/4” long with non-
detachable handles.

Safety Roof Vents – All buses shall be equipped with one-roof hatch type emergency exits
located in the front ½ of the body. Location to be approved. The hatch must meet the

        Shall comply with all requirements of FMVSS 217 for emergency exits.
Simple release handles shall be provided permitting operation as emergency exit(s),
accessible inside and outside the vehicle. Units shall be installed with the hinge toward
the front so as the front unit open to permit air to be taken in and rear unit opens to permit
air to escape rearward for proper vent action.
All emergency exits shall be marked with instructions for proper use and all emergency
exits must be outlined with reflective tape, which meet FMVSS 217.
All hatches shall be equipped with a vent that can be opened without opening the roof
hatch to provide ventilation. Vent to be adjustable to the front or rear of the bus.
Hinged roof escape hatch shall include an internal and external release mechanism, pop
up fresh air ventilation feature, and a buzzer, which alerts the driver, when the hatch is
open. (Specialty model 8800 or approved equal).

Side Windows – There shall be installed on each side of the body an adjustable split sash
window between each framing post. Bottom sash shall be stationary and a minimum clear
vertical opening of not less than 9” shall be provided by lowering top sash. Window shall
be controlled by an approved finger touch type opener.

All punchout windows must be marked with reflective tape which complies with FMVSS
217 and be of the side hinged design.

The words “Emergency Exit” to be lettered on inside at top of windows. Glass for window
shall be set in an approved galvanized steel channel or extruded aluminum with black
finish and shall furnish ample protection from weather and must be guaranteed against
leakage from rain. Window visors of approved design are to be proved for all side
windows. All side passenger windows shall be tinted glass as per requirements Glass

Rear Door Windows – There shall be installed in the rear door, two windows which are set
solid in a suitable and waterproof manner. The upper window shall have a minimum glass
area of 400 square inches and the bottom window shall have a glass area of
approximately 350 square inches. Exact location of windows and quality of sashes is to be
approved and tinted same as side passenger windows.

Rear Windows – There shall be installed at the rear of the body on each side of the
emergency door, a window set solid in a suitable and waterproof manner. The size and
location of the window and quality of window sash is to be approved and tinted same as
side passenger windows.

Entrance Door Windows – There shall be installed in each section of the entrance door two
glasses. Size and location of glass to be approved.


Quality – All glass used in the body shall be of the “Safety Glass” type conforming to
requirements of the American Safety Code for Safety Glazing Materials. All glass should
be legibly and permanently marked.

Window and Door Glass – The glass used in the doors and windows shall be of the AS-2
quality meeting FMVSS 205.

Glass shall be high quality tinted safety glass meeting or exceeding the requirements of
AS-3. Adhesive surface firm will not be accepted.
Percentage of light transmission shall be as follows:
      Side windows: 28% - 31% light transmission
      Driver’s Window: 70% light transmission
      Rear Door Windows: 28% - 31% light transmission
      Rear Window: 28% - 31% light transmission
      Entrance Door Windows: 70% light transmission
      Windshield: Same as Standard

Size – The rear bumper shall be of pressed steel channel at least .119 + or - .005 inch in
thickness and 6” wide (high).

Attachment of Bumper – The bumper shall be attached to the chassis frame in such a
manner as to be easily removed, and be so braced as to develop the full strength of the
bumper section from rear or side impact, and shall be so attached as to prevent hitching of
rides. Rear bumper shall extend beyond the rear most part of the body surface at least 1”,
measured at the floor line.


Security/Camera Digital -With speed, date and time

Interior Mirror – There shall be securely installed on the windshield header an approved
adjustable rear view mirror so located as to give the driver a clear view of the entire interior
of the bus and the road behind. Mirror to be distortion free glass at least 6” x 16” in size,
shall have a metal frame and back and be rubber or vinyl mounted. Plastic washers to be
installed between mirrors and mirror brackets to allow mirror adjustment to reduce mirror

Exterior Mirror System – All buses purchased shall be equipped with a mirror system
complying with 49 CFR part 471, FMVSS-111 as adopted by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.

The Rear View Mirror System – There shall be installed on each side in an approved
location distortion free glass mirrors. Mirrors shall be mounted on both the left and right
side of the bus in an anodized or etched aluminum frame. Mirrors shall be fully adjustable
so as to give the driver a clear view of the rear wheels of the bus and be mounted in
accordance with FMVSS 111. The rear vision mirror system shall be capable of providing
a view along the right and left sides of the vehicle which will provide the driver a view of the
rear tires at ground level, and a minimum distance of 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.

The Crossover Mirror System – There shall be installed on each front fender of the chassis
one-quadrispherical mirror. These mirrors shall be mounted to five the driver the best
possible view of the front and sides of the bus. Mirrors, mounting brackets, or tripods to be
approved. The cross view mirror system shall be capable of providing a view at ground
level from the front bumper forward to where direct visibility is possible, the entire width of
the vehicle, around the left and right front corners including front tires and service entrance
door to a point where it overlaps with the rear vision mirror system. This mirror system
shall also provide a view from the rear tire to at least 12 feet perpendicular from the side of
the bus at the rear axle.

License Holder – One recessed license holder shall be located on the left rear of the body.
Holder and its location to approved.
Name Plate – There shall be installed on the inside of each body a manufacturer’s name
plate which can be easily read, on which shall be shown the name of the manufacturer, the
serial number of body, seating capacity, and date built. Plate to be metal or equivalent
durability laminated decal.

First Aid Kit – There shall be installed a Grade A first aid kit which shall contain the
following contents:

       4” bandage compress -----------------------2 pkg.
       2’ bandage compress -----------------------2 pkg.
       1” adhesive compress (16 per pkg.) ------2 pkg.
       40” triangular with two safety pins -------2 pkg.
       Wire splint -----------------------------------1 pkg.
       Plastic Gloves (1 pair med/1 pair large)—2 sets

First aid kit to be secured in an approved location.

Fire Extinguisher – One 2 ½ pound dry chemical stored pressure type with pressure gauge
meeting U.L., I.C.C. and U.S. Coast Guard requirements is required. Fire extinguisher
shall have an all metal discharge head and valve (no plastic valves). The fire extinguisher
is to be secured in an approved location. In addition, the fire extinguisher shall be

Body Fluid Clean Up Kit – There shall be installed a body fluid clean up kit that complies
with National Standards and contains the following contents:

       1 ea. 2 oz. Pkg. TI.L.S.C. powder, sanitizes-deodorizes-encapsulates
       1 – odor reducing mask
       1 pr – laytex gloves (large)
       2 – antiseptic wipes
       2 – paper crepe towels
       1 – scraper
       1 – plastic disposal bag w/scoop and tie

Body fluid clean up kit to be secured in an approved location.

Reflectors – There shall be installed on the bus body in approval locations two amber and
four reflectors. The lens are to be 3” in diameter and made from acrylic plastic with six
reflecting angles. Frame (if used) is to be polished aluminum or zinc plated steel.

Light Monitor System – A Doran 16 light monitor system (or approved equal) shall be
mounted above windshield inside the body, location to be approved.

Warning Devices – Each bus shall contain at least three reflective triangle road – warning
devices that are enclosed in a storage box. These shall be mounted in an accessible
location and must meet requirements in FMVSS 125.

Chassis Preparation – In preparing the chassis frame for body mounting, rivet heads shall
not be removed except on the extreme rear cross member and then only when necessary
to move rear cross member to conform to body length. If tail pipe brackets must be
removed due to body obstruction, they shall be replaced with new ones of equal strength
as supplied by the chassis manufacturer.

Installation – The body shall be securely attached to each chassis side rail. At rear of the
body on each chassis side rail there shall be installed a through bolt of not less than 7/16”
in diameter. Bolts to be grade 5 with S.A.E. threads and lock washer. All attachments
shall be made at main body sills.

Rubber and fiber inserts, equal to or thicker than chassis rivet heads, shall be securely
attached to each body sill and installed at all points of contact between sills and chassis.
At any point where body sill sits on a rivet head, the rubber and fiber insert shall deform so
that floor will be smooth.

Mounting shall be sufficient to allow for compliance with FMVSS 301 Fuel Integrity Testing.
Evidence of successful completion of this test must be provided.


Paint – All paint shall be lead free. Paint shall meet National Standards for color and
should have a finished gloss rating of at least 85 at 60 degrees. The paint should be
covered by a five year unlimited mileage warranty.

Exterior – The exterior of the compete bus body shall be painted with two coats of
polyurethane as per Federal Standard No. 595a. The applied primer and polyurethane
shall yield a dry film thickness of two to three mills. A 1 ½” black circle shall be painted
around the flashing stop lights with an approved type polyurethane. Rear bumper shall be
painted black.

Interior – The entire interior paneling of the bus except that sections of aluminized steel
and/or clear coated shall be painted. All other interior items such as the heater, control
panel, seat frames, chassis cowl and modesty panel may be painted a compatible color.
One prime coat and two finish coats shall be required.

Floor and Structural Metal – The underside of the floor including the chassis metal fenders
and cowl and all other exposed structural metal used in the body shall be painted with
approved black enamel or undercoated with the approved material.

              All markings, instructions and lettering meeting Federal
              and State specs
              Bridgeport Schools on each side, 6” black block letters
              Bus number, black block letters 6 locations (to be determined)

Radio Kenwood or equivalent with antenna (installed)

Delivery - Delivery to 80 Logan Street, Bridgeport, CT 06607
Wheel chair
       For two vehicles, provide a handicap lift and lift door on the right side (curb) of the
bus. The lift is ADA-approved with a 32-inch wide platform. The lift is positioned between
the wheels or in the rear overhang, depending on the most efficient use of floor space. A
brake interlock, seat belt cutter, handicap decal, and two (2) four-point tie down wheelchair
positions are included.

Alternate Bids Requested

Please state the amount it would cost to upgrade all five vehicles with C.E. White,
CR Series – Integrated Child Restraint School Bus Seats.

Please state the amount it would cost to provide these buses with comparable
diesel engines and associated equipment that meet the new Federal 2007 diesel
emission standards.

                           BID FORM
    City of Bridgeport Board of Education – BEB5667 – MINI
                       SCHOOL BUSSES

The company identified below agrees to all of the conditions, specifications,
instructions contained in the attached specifications of labor and materials, and
the Affirmative Action Statement that comprise this bid submission and will
provide the services and products designated therein as specified. This bid
response includes all costs for material, labor, transportation, and installation
identified in the detailed specifications. Contracts will be awarded separately for
each type of bus.



(3) School Busses with a wheel base of 160 “ or less, that meets all state and
federal regulations and have diesel engines and seating for 24 students with only
two students to a seat (6 seats on each side).

                                      Cost per bus:_______________________________

                                      Total cost of 3 busses:_______________________

(2) School Busses with a wheel base of 160 “ or less which will handle 2 wheel
chairs and 6 students minimum and have diesel engines.

                                      Cost per bus:_______________________________

                                      Total cost of 2 busses:_______________________

COMPLETE COST OF 5 BUSSES:_________________________________________



#1 - Upgrade all five vehicles with C.E. White, CR Series – Integrated Child
Restraint School Bus Seats:

                                            #1 Total:_______________________

#2 – Provide (5) comparable diesel engines and associated equipment that
meet the new Federal 2007 diesel emission standards.

                                            #2 Total:_______________________

Equivalency Form

Specified Item/Component          Equivalent Item/Component           Product Info


                                                       Form 3.08.070B
                                         CITY OF BRIDGEPORT

                                        BIDDER INFORMATION

               Name of Business: _____________________________________

               Person signing this form:_________________________
               Phone Number: (        ) ________-__________

The undersigned hereby represents that the following statements are
true, correct and complete, to the best of his/her knowledge and
belief, and that the City of Bridgeport is entitled to rely thereon:
1. Business is (check one)
                    a corporation                              a general partnership
                    a limited liability company                a sole proprietorship
                    a limited liability partnership            other _____________.

2. Business Address:            __________________________________________________

3. State of incorporation or organization:                 Connecticut
                                                           Other ______________

           If other, attach certificate of authority to do business in Connecticut.

4. What other trade names does the Business use, if any?

    See City of Bridgeport Ordinance, Sec. 3.08.070.

5. (a) Identify all officers, directors, managing or general partners, or managing
Name                              Address                      Title

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

   (b) Identify owners of 5% or more interest in the Business:

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

____________________          ______________________         _________________

6. Identify all subcontractors to which the Business intends to give 5% or more of its
total, subcontractor work on this contract.

___________________________________                     _____________________
Name of subcontractor                                   Contact
___________________________________                     _____________________

___________________________________                     _____________________

___________________________________                     _____________________

7. Identify any parent organization of the Business.

   Parent’s name ___________________________________, a

                   a corporation                       a general partnership
                   a limited liability company         a sole proprietorship
                   a limited liability partnership     other _____________.

                   State of Incorporation or organization: ______________

     8. Has the Business, any Parent, or any of their respective officers, directors, owners,
     general partners, managing members, employees, or agents ever been convicted of,
     entered a plea of guilty, entered a plea of nolo contendere, or otherwise admitted to:
                                                                          Yes      No
       a) the commission of a criminal offense as an incident to obtaining
          or attempting to obtain a public or private contract or subcontract,                    
          or in the performance of such contract or subcontract?

       b) the violation of any state or federal law for embezzlement, theft, forgery,
          bribery, falsification or destruction of records, receiving stolen property                 
          or any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity or business
          honesty which affects responsibility as a municipal contractor?

       c) to a violation of any state or federal antitrust, collusion or conspiracy
          law arising out of the submission of bids or proposals to a public or                       
          private contract or subcontract?

       d) the fraudulent, criminal or other seriously improper conduct while                          
          participating in a joint venture or similar arrangement.

        e) willfully failed to perform in accordance with the terms of one or                         
           more public contracts, agreements or transactions?

       f)    had a history of failure to perform or a history of unsatisfactory
             performance of one or more public contracts, agreements or                               

        g) willfully violated a statutory or regulatory provision or requirement
           applicable to a public contract, agreement or transaction?                                 


        9. Read and initial as true at the end of the following paragraph:

BRIDGEPORT.                                  ________ (Initial)

        10. Read and initial as true at end of the following paragraph:

CHANGE.                         ________ (Initial)

     Dated:________________________                       _________________________

     STATE OF ____________________}
                                  }ss. ________________                           ________ ___, 2005
     COUNTY OF __________________}

      Personally appeared before me, ___________________________(name),
___________________(title) of ___________________________(company), duly authorized,
who swore to the truth of the foregoing as his/her and (company)
_________________________________’s free act and deed before me.

Notary Public


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