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									County of Somerset New Jersey

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The County of Somerset is conducting a voluntary Co-operative Pricing System #2 SOCCP. Sealed bids which will be received by the Purchasing Agent acting as Lead Agent on behalf of each participating contracting unit, on

October 30, 2007 at 2:15 P.M. prevailing time in the Purchasing Division, County Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876 at which time and place bids will be opened and read in public for: Heavy Duty Transit Style Bus with ADA Wheelchair Lift Contract #CC-64-07 Specifications and instruction to bidders may be obtained at the Purchasing Office or the County website at www.co.somerset.nj.us * * All Bid Addenda will be issued on the website. Therefore, all interested respondents should check the website from now through bid opening. It is the sole responsibility of the respondent to be knowledgeable of all addenda related to this procurement. Bidders shall comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 and N.J.A.C. 17-27 et seq. Mary Louise Stanton Purchasing Agent



CO-OPERATIVE PRICING CONDITIONS METHOD OF AWARDING CONTRACTS Contract(s) of purchase shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder(s) as declared by the County of Somerset. The contract awarded between the County of Somerset and the successful vendor(s): (1) shall establish the contractual obligation regarding the specific items, specifications and quantities to be provided to the Lead Agency; and (2) shall also set forth the estimated quantities, together with relevant delivery information, with respect to the Other Agencies, as specified in these specifications. All Other Agencies ordering any materials, supplies or work pursuant to this master contract shall do so by issuance of the appropriate contract between the Other Agency and the vendors, subject to the requirements of the master contract, which may be referred to by reference. No such subsidiary contract issued by another agency shall provide for any deviation from the specifications, price or quality set forth in the master contract pursuant to these specifications. No vendor shall be required or permitted to extend bid prices to participating contracting units unless so specified in the bids. In the event that the lowest responsible bidder, responding to these specifications, indicates by the appropriate checkmark unwillingness to extend the bid prices to the Other Agencies category, then the contract for the stated needs of the Lead Agency will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, and new bids will be sought and a second master contract subsequently awarded with respect to the needs of the Other Agencies (OR... the contract for the stated needs of the Lead Agency will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, and a second *(Master) contract for the Other Agencies will be awarded to the next lowest bidder whose bid agrees to so extend his prices); (OR... only the contract for the Lead Agency’s needs will be awarded, and all other bids shall be rejected, and no further bids will be sought by the Lead Agency on behalf of the Other Agencies. The purpose of the master contract with respect to the Lead Agency shall be to establish the specifications and price. The subsidiary contracts, placing the orders with the vendor shall establish the quantities required by each Other Agency within the limits set forth in the master contract. The successful vendor shall invoice each of the Other Agencies, and Other Agencies shall pay the vendor directly. No additional contract will be required with respect to the needs of the Lead Agency as specified in the awarded master contract. OTHER AGENCY REQUIREMENTS The undersigned is further: (CHECK ONLY ONE BOX)
WILLING to provide the item(s) herein bid upon to Other Agencies in System 2-SOCCP, Somerset County Cooperative Pricing System, without substitution or deviation from specifications, size, features, quality, price or availability as herein set forth. It is understood that orders will be placed directly by the other participating agencies by separate contract, subject to the overall terms of the master Contract to be awarded by the County of Somerset that no additional service or delivery charges will be levied except as permitted by these specifications. NOT WILLING to extend prices to Other Agencies as described. It is understood that this will not adversely effect consideration of this bid with respect to the needs of the County (Lead Agency). *In keeping with Somerset County’s commitment to providing cooperative pricing contracts for its membership, refusal to extend pricing to the co-op may result in a dual award to include an alternate vendor willing to extend pricing for the duration of the contract.


Contact: Linda Cumming, Bd Clerk * John Manz, PW Supervisor Susan Stanbury, Administrator Ron Smith, SBA *Francis Decibus, Purchasing Agent Barbara Pence, Admin *Jenny Lin, Purchasing Barbara Emery, CFO John Kennedy, Admin Dennis Kosensky, DPW *Bill Conniff, Purchasing Ross Agilella, PA, Deputy Counsel Joe Barilla, Asst Dir P.W. Ann Mandel, Purchasing Agent Rocco Passomatio, Supv Bldgs & Gr Vidya Nayak, CFO Carol Isemann, Deputy Clerk M. Schmid Ken Mecouch, CPPB, Dir Purch Scott Olsen Teresa Stahl, Municipal Clerk Joseph Tobens, CEFM Eleanor McGovern, Admin/Clerk Ann Henning, Purchasing Agent Carl Ganger, Jr., Purch Agent

Twp/Boro Bedminster, Bd of Ed Bedminster, Twp of Bedminster, Twp of Bernards Twp Public Sch Bernards, Twp of Bernards, Twp Sewer Authority Bernardsville, Boro of Blairstown, Twp of Bound Brook, Borough of Branchburg, Twp of Bridgewater, Twp of Camden County Chatham Twp Chatham, Boro of Chathams, School District of Chester, Boro of Chester, Twp of Cranford, Twp of Cumberland County Dunellen, Boro of East Amwell Twp Evesham Twp Bd of Ed Fanwood, Boro of Flemington, Boro of Florham Park, Boro of

Street Address: 234 Somerville Rd 130 Hillside Ave, Municipal Bldg 130 Hillside Ave, Municipal Bldg 101 Peachtreet Rd 1 Collyer La 1 Collyer La PO Box 158-Municipal Bldg PO Box 370 230 Hamilton St, Mun Bldg 1077 Hwy 202 N. PO Box 6300, 700 Garretson Rd 520 Market St, 17th Fl Cthouse 405 Southern Blvd 54 Fairmont Ave 54 Fairmount Ave 300 Main St 1 Parker Rd 8 Springfield Ave 790 E Commerce St, Rm 111 355 North Ave 1070 Rt 202/31 129 E Main St 75 Martine Ave., No. 38 Park Ave 111 Ridgedale Ave

City, State, Zip Bedminster, NJ 07921 Bedminster, NJ 07921 Bedminster, NJ 07921 Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 Bernardsville, NJ 07924-0158 Blairstown, NJ 07825 Bound Brook, NJ 08805-2017 Branchburg, NJ 08876 Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0300 Camden, NJ 08102-1375 Chatham, NJ 07928 Chatham, NJ 07928 Chatham, NJ 07928 Chester, NJ 07930 Chester, NJ 07930 Cranford, NJ 07016 Bridgeton, NJ 08302 Dunellen, NJ 08812 Ringoes, NJ 08551-1051 Marlton, NJ 08053 Fanwood, NJ 07023 Flemington, NJ 08822 Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone / Fax No 908-234-1487 Fax: 234-2318 234-0333 Fax: 234-9732 234-0333 Fax: 234-1640 204-2600 x106 Fax: 766-7641 204-3065 Fax: 766-5762 766-1941 Fax: 766-1941 766-3000 x118 Fax: 766-2401 362-6663x227 Fax: 362-9635 732-356-0833 Fax: 356-8990 526-3716 Fax: 927-0707 725-6300 x 272 Fax: 725-3365 856-225-5439 Fax: 856-225-5444 973-377-5114 Fax: 973-377-5082 973-635-0674 x105 Fax: 635-2417 973-635-9390 Fax: 973-635-4413 879-5361x3009 Fax: 879-5812 879-5100 x812 Fax: 879-8281 709-7200 Fax: 276-7664 856-453-2132 Fax: 856-451-0967 732-968-3033 Fax: 732-968-8605 782-8536 x19 Fax: 782-1967 856-797-6840 Fax: 797-6844 322-8236 Fax: 322-7178 782-8840 Fax: 782-0142 973-410-5311 Fax: 973-377-5749


Rita Vadimski, Admin Manager * Joyce Miller, Purchasing Agent January Adams, Dir John Calavano, Bd Sec Peter Mercante, PA Joyce Picariello, Bus Admin * Kathryn Kitchener, Admin Tracy Toribio, DPW, Superintendent Thomas Campbell, CPWM Bonnie Dakis WB Wahl, Admin/Clerk Susan Chrebet, Purchasing Gary Nucera, Exec. Dir. * Buck Sixt, Dir PW Dan Wills Michele Hovan, Admin/Clerk John Davenport III, QPA, PA Steve Romanowitch, PW Tom Sweeney, Super of Roads * Gary Garwacke, PW Dir/Admin Marcella Longo, Purchasing Agent Tonya Hubosky, Admin. Joanne Monarque, Twp Clerk Mary Patrick, Mayor Tim Stys, SBA Ron Prykanowski, Purchasing Agent James Abline, QPA, Purchasing

Franklin Twp, Sewer Authority Franklin, Twp of Franklin, Twp Public Library Franklin, Twp Public Sch Gloucester, County of Green Brook Twp Bd of Ed Green Brook, Twp of Harding Twp Hardwick Twp Harmony Twp High Bridge, Boro of Hillsborough Twp Bd of Ed Hillsborough, Twp MUA Hillsborough, Twp of Hopatcong, Boro of Hopewell, Boro of Hunterdon, County of Liberty, Twp of Long Hill Twp Manville, Boro of Mercer County Middlesex, Boro of Millburn, Twp of Millstone, Boro of Montgomery Twp Bd of Ed Montgomery, Twp of Morris County

70 Commerce Dr 475 DeMott La 485 Demott La 1755 Amwell Rd PO Box 337 132 Jefferson Ave 111 Greenbrook Rd PO Box 666 40 SpringValley Rd 3003 Belvidere Rd 71 Main St 379 So Branch Rd PO Box 5909 379 So Branch Rd 111 River Styx Rd 4 Columbia Ave

Somerset, NJ 08873-3470 Somerset, NJ 08873-2737 Somerset, NJ 08873 Somerset, NJ 08873 Woodbury, NJ 08096 Green Brook, NJ 08812 Green Brook, NJ 08812 New Vernon, NJ 07976 Hardwick, NJ 07825 Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 High Bridge, NJ 08829 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Hopatcong, NJ 07843 Hopewell, NJ 08525

732-873-2121 Fax: 873-2038 732-873-2500 Fax: 873-1059 732-873-8700 Fax:873-8700 732-873-2400 Fax: 873-8416 856-853-3415 Fax: 856-853-8504 732-968-1171 Fax: 732-968-7582 732-968-1023 x6601 Fax: 968-4088 973-267-8000 x18 Fax: 973-267-6221 362-8471Fax: 362-8840 908-213-1600x11 Fax: 638-6455 x8 Fax: 638-9374 369-0030x5054 Fax: 369-8286 371-9660 Fax: 371-9670 369-3950 Fax: 369-5756 973-398-3611 Fax: 973-770-7173 609-466-2636 Fax: 466-8511 788-1162 Fax: 782-1679 637-4579x10 Fax: 637-6916 647-8000 x24 Fax: 647-4150 725-9478 Fax: 231-8620 609-989-6710 Fax: 609-989-6733 732-356-7400 x236 Fax: 356-7954 973-564-7073 Fax: 564-7468 359-5783 Fax: 359-7300 609-466-7601 Fax: 466-0944 359-8211 Fax: 359-0970 973-285-6333 Fax: 829-0304

71 Main St, Bldg 1, PO Box 2900 Flemington, NJ 08822-2900 349 Mountain Lake Rd 915 Valley Rd 325 No Main St 640 So. Broad St, PO Bx 8068 1200 Mountain Ave 375 Millburn Ave 23 Amwell Rd 1014 Rt 601 Municipal Bldg, 2261 Rt 206 PO Bx 900, 10 Court St Great Meadows, NJ 07838 Gillette, NJ 07933 Manville, NJ 08835 Trenton, NJ 08650-0068 Middlesex, NJ 08846 Millburn, NJ 07041 Millstone, NJ 08844 Skillman, NJ 08558 Belle Mead, NJ 08502 Morristown, NJ 07963-0900


Karen, Carman, Purchasing Agent Debi Lockwood, Comm Devel Dir Edward Ostroff, Sec/Bus Admin David Holland, Admin Jerry Volpe, Dir Purchasing Margaret Gould Lester Miller, Dir Purchasing * Daniel Jaxel, Admin Dorothy Gooditis, Twp Clerk Raymond Whitlock, Clerk Kenneth Blum, Acting CFO Donald Kazar, Clerk Bob Panfili, Chief Admin Srvs Superintendent * Peng Chen, Controller Diane Strober Nancy Hunter, SBA/Bd Secretary Glen Petrauski, Exec Dir Vincent Aufiero, Dir Plant Facilities * Pete Hendershot, PW Mgr Ron Angelo, Treas Judith Parillo, RPPS Maryann Saunders, Purchasing Dave Pullis, Dir PW Chris Pessolano, Dir Purchasing Christopher Guida, Exec Dir Jeff Long, CFO

Morris, Twp of Newton, Town of No Plainfield, Bd of Ed No Plainfield, Boro of Passaic, County of Peapack/Gladstone, Boro of Raritan Vall Comm College Raritan, Boro of Raritan, Twp of Rocky Hill, Boro of Roselle Park, Boro of So Bound Brook, Boro of Social Services, Board of Somerset Cty Ed Srv Commiss Somerset Cty Park Commission Somerset Cty Voca Bd of Ed Somerset Hills Bd of Ed Somerset Raritan Valley Sewer Somerville, Bd of Ed Somerville, Boro of Summit, City of Tewksbury, Twp of Union, County of Vernon Twp Warren County Warren County MUA Warren County Pollution Contr

50 Woodland Ave, PO Bx 7603 39 Trinity St 33 Mountain Ave 263 Somerset St 495 River St

Convent Sta, NJ 07961-7603 Newton, NJ 07860 No Plainfield, NJ 07060-5315 No Plainfield, NJ 07060 Paterson, NJ 07524

973-326-7215 Fax: 973-605-8363 973-383-3521x226 Fax: 383-8961 769-6050x6105 Fax: 755-5490 769-2900 Fax: 769-6499 973-247-3301 Fax: 973-279-6234 234-2250 Fax: 781-5687 218-8866 Fax: 526-5235 231-1300 Fax: 231-0810 806-6101 Fax: 806-7061 609-924-7445 Fax: 924-2274 908-245-0819 Fax: 245-5598 732-356-0258 Fax: 563-4431 203-5121 Fax: 526-8096 908-707-1460 Fax: 707-0871 722-1200 x 245 Fax: 722-6592 908-526-8900x7285 Fax: 526-9569 908-630-3012 Fax: 953-0699 732-469-0593x207 Fax: 469-4179 218-4127 Fax: 526-9668 725-2300 Fax: 725-2859 273-6400 Fax: 273-2977 439-0022x726 Fax: 439-0035 527-4134 Fax: 558-2548 973-764-4055x2284 Fax: 764-5535 908-475-6573 Fax: 475-6555 475-5412 Fax: 475-5873 908-453-2174 Fax: 453-4241

Mun Bldg-School St, PO Box 218 Peapack, NJ 07977-0218 PO Bx 3300 22 First St One Municipal Dr PO Box 188 110 E Westfield Ave 12 Main St-Municipal Bldg PO Bx 936, 73 E High St PO Bx 68, 12 E. Somerset St PO Box 5327 Voca Sch, N Bridge & Vogt Dr 25 Olcott Ave Polhemus La., PO Bx 6400 51 W Cliff St 25 West End Ave, PO Bx 399 City Hall, 512 Springfield Ave 169 Old Turnpike Rd Somerville, NJ 08876 Raritan, NJ 08869 Flemington, NJ 08822-3446 Rocky Hill, NJ 08553 Roselle Park, NJ 07204-2083 So Bound Brook, NJ 08880 Somerville, NJ 08876 Raritan, NJ 08869 No Branch, NJ 08876 Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Bernardsville, NJ 07924 Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0400 Somerville, NJ 08876 Somerville, NJ 08876-1800 Summit, NJ 07901 Califon, NJ 07830

Admin Bldg, Elizabethtown Plaza Elizabeth, NJ 07207 21 Church St, PO Bx 340 Rt 519 So, 165 County Rd 199 Foul Rift Rd, PO Bx 159 500 Mt Pisgah Ave, PO Bx 587 Vernon, NJ 07462 Belvidere, NJ 07823-1949 Belvidere, NJ 07823 Oxford, NJ 07863-0587


* Lois Harold, Asst Purch Tyler Tribelhorn, Super Bldgs Debbie Catapano, Auth Secretary Richard Sheola Dianne Faucher, SBA/BS Tim Stys, SBA/Bd Sec Victoria Rousseau, PW Assist. Kevin Galland, Admin/Clerk

Warren, Twp of Warren, Twp Schools Warren, Twp Sewerage Author Washington, Boro of Watchung Bd of Ed Watchung Hills Reg High Sch Watchung, Boro of West Paterson, Boro of

46 Mountain Blvd 213 Mt Horeb Rd 46 Mountain Blvd 100 Belvidere Ave One Dr. Parenty Way 108 Stirling Rd

Warren, NJ 07059-0695 Warren, NJ 07059 Warren, NJ 07059 Washington, NJ 07882-1426 Watchung, NJ 07069 Warren, NJ 07059

753-8000 x 233 Fax: 757-9173 647-9155 x200 Fax: 647-3035 908-753-8000 x 258 Fax: 753-6893 689-3600 Fax: 689-9485 755-8536 Fax: 755-6946 647-4800 x4850 Fax: 647-4852 756-0080 Fax: 757-7027 973-345-8100x100 Fax: 345-8194

Municipal Bldg, 15 Mountain Blvd Watchung, NJ 07069 5 Brophy La West Paterson, NJ 07424


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COUNTY OF SOMERSET GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS 1. SUBMISSION OF BIDS A. Sealed bids shall be received in accordance with public advertisement as required by law, a copy of said notice being attached hereto and made a part of these specifications. B. Each bid shall be submitted on the proposal form attached, in a sealed envelope (1)addressed to the Purchasing Agent (2)bearing the name and address of the bidder on the outside (3)clearly marked "BID" with the name of the item(s) being bid. C. It is the bidder's responsibility to see that bids are presented to the Purchasing Agent on the hour and at the place designated. Bids may be hand delivered or mailed; however, the County disclaims any responsibility for bids forwarded by regular or express mail. If the bid is sent by express mail, the designation in B. above must also appear on the outside of the express company envelope. Bids received after the designated time and date will be returned unopened. D. The County reserves the right to postpone the date for presentation and opening of bids and will give written notice of any such postponement to each prospective bidder as required by law. E. The Somerset County Park Commission is to be considered an agency of the County entitled to participate in the contract(s) resulting from this bid. 2. BID SECURITY The following provisions, if indicated by an (x), shall be applicable to this bid and be made a part of the bidding documents: A. BID GUARANTEE Bidder shall submit with the bid a certified check, cashier‟s check or bid bond in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total price bid, but not in excess of $20,000, payable unconditionally to the County.

When submitting a Bid Bond, it shall contain Power of Attorney for full amount of Bid Bond from a surety company authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey and acceptable to the County. The check or bond of the unsuccessful bidder(s) shall be returned as prescribed by law. The check or bond of the bidder to whom the contract is awarded shall be retained until a contract is executed and the required performance bond or other security is submitted. The check or bond of the successful bidder shall be forfeited if the bidder fails to enter into a contract pursuant to statute. Failure to submit required guarantee shall be cause for rejection of the bid. B. CONSENT OF SURETY Bidder shall submit with the bid a Certificate (Consent of Surety) with Power of Attorney for full amount of bid price from a Surety Company authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey and acceptable to the County stating that it will provide said bidder with a Performance Bond in the full amount of the bid. This certificate shall be obtained in order to confirm that the bidder to whom the contract is awarded will furnish Performance and Payment bonds from an acceptable surety company on behalf of said bidder, any or all subcontractors or by each respective subcontractor or by any combination thereof which results in performance security equal to the total amount of the contract, pursuant to statute. Failure to submit this shall be cause for rejection of the bid.


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C. PERFORMANCE BOND Successful bidder shall simultaneously with the delivery of the executed contract, submit an executed bond in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the acceptable bid as security for the faithful performance of this contract. 3. QUOTATIONS, BIDS AND FORMS A (1). The County of Somerset is exempt from any local, state or federal sales, use or excise tax. Somerset County will not pay service charges such as interest and late fees. (2). The County of Somerset or any of its offices and divisions will not complete credit applications as a result of contract(s) resulting from award based on these specifications. The County is rated by: Standard & Poor‟s Ratings Group: AAA Moody‟s Investors Services: Aaa Dun and Bradstreet B. Bids must be signed in ink by the bidder; all quotations shall be made with a typewriter or pen and ink. Any quotation showing any erasure alteration must be initialed by the bidder in ink. Unit prices and totals are to be inserted in spaces provided. C. Failure to sign and give all information in the bid may result in the bid being rejected. D. Estimated Quantities (Open-Ended Contracts, Purchase as Needed) The County has attempted to identify the item(s) and the estimated amounts of each item bid to cover its requirements; however, past experience shows that the amount ordered may be different than that submitted for bidding. The right is reserved to decrease or increase the quantities specified in the specifications pursuant to Statute. NO MINIMUM PURCHASE IS IMPLIED OR GUARANTEED. E. Insert prices for furnishing all of the material described. Prices shall be met including all transportation charges fully prepaid by the contract F.O.B. destination and placement as designed by the County. No additional charges will be allowed for any transportation costs resulting from partial shipments made at vendors‟ convenience when a single shipment is ordered. F. Any bidder may withdraw his bid at any time before the time set for receipt of bids. No bid may be withdrawn in the 60 day period after the bids are received. G. All forms shall be completed and attached to the bid proposal. BIDDER IS ALERTED TO THE BID DOCUMENT CHECK LIST PAGE. 4. INTERPRETATIONS AND ADDENDA A. The bidder understands and agrees that its bid is submitted on the basis of the specifications prepared by the County. The bidder accepts the obligation to become familiar with these specifications. B. Bidders are expected to examine the specifications and related documents with care and observe all their requirements. Ambiguities, errors or omissions noted by bidders should be promptly reported in writing to the Purchasing Agent. In the event the bidder fails to notify the County of such ambiguities, errors or omissions, the bidder shall be bound by the bid. C. No oral interpretation of the meaning of the specifications will be made to any bidder. Every request for an interpretation shall be in writing, addressed to the Purchasing Agent. In order to be given consideration, written requests for interpretation must be received as least ten (10) days prior to the date fixed for the opening of the bids. Any and all such interpretations and any supplemental instructions will be in the form of written addenda to the specifications, and will be distributed to all prospective bidders, in accordance with Statute. All addenda so issued shall become part of the contract documents, and shall be acknowledged by the bidder in the bid. The County‟s interpretations or corrections thereof shall be final.


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D. 1. If the amount shown in words and its equivalent figures do not agree, the written words shall be binding. Ditto marks are not considered writing or printing and shall not be used. 2. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the unit prices and the extended totals, the unit prices shall prevail. In the event there is an error of the summation of the extended totals, the computation by the County of the extended totals shall govern. 5. BRAND NAMES, STANDARDS OF QUALITY, PATENTS A. Only manufactured and farm products of the United States, wherever available, shall be used on this contract in accordance prevailing statutes. B. Brand names and or descriptions used in this bid are to acquaint bidders with the type of commodity desired and will be used as a standard by which alternate or competitive materials offered will be judged. Competitive items must be equal to the standard described and be of the same quality of work. Variations between materials described and the materials offered are to be fully explained by the bidder on a separate sheet and submitted with the proposal form. Vendor's literature will not suffice in explaining exceptions to these specifications. In the absence of any changes by the bidder, it will be presumed and required that materials as described in the proposal be delivered. C. It is the responsibility of the bidder to demonstrate the equivalency of item(s) offered. The County reserves the right to evaluate the equivalency of a product which, in its deliberations, meets its requirements. D. The contractor shall hold and save harmless the County, its officers, agents, servants, and employees, from any liability of any nature and kind for or on account of the use of any copyrighted or uncopyrighted composition, secret process, patented or unpatented invention or article furnished or used in the performance of this contract. E. Wherever practical and economical to the County, it is desired that recycled or recyclable products be provided. Please indicate when recycled products are being offered. 6. AWARD OF BID A. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive identified irregularities and technicalities, and to award in whole or in part to the lowest responsible bidder, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any bid which is incomplete, obscure, or irregular may be rejected, any bid having erasures or corrections in the price sheet may be rejected; any bid in which unit prices are omitted, or in which unit/total prices are unbalanced, may be rejected; any bid accompanied by any insufficient or irregular certified check, cashier's check or bid bond may be rejected. B. The County further reserves the right to award each item separately to the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications or to make an award based on the total bid to the bidder whose total sum is the low bid meeting the specifications, whichever in the awarding authorities' opinion is in the best interest of the County. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the County reserves the right to award a contract based on either option that may be described in the bid proposal or based on any combination thereof. C. The County reserves the right to award equal or tie bids at their discretion to any one of the tie bidders. D. Should the bidder, to whom the contract is awarded, fail to enter into a contract, the County may then, at its option, accept the bid of the next lowest responsible bidder. E. The effective period of this contract will be two years unless otherwise noted in the specifications. Continuation of the terms of this contract beyond the fiscal year is contingent on availability of funds in the following year's budget. In the event of unavailability of such funds, the County reserves the right to cancel this contract.


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F. Government entities are not private business/consumer clients; therefore, separate company agreements are not honored. Terms of the specifications/bid package prevail unless otherwise noted by the vendor as exceptions. 7. NEW JERSEY PREVAILING WAGE ACT (When Applicable) Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.25 et seq., contractors on projects for public work shall adhere to all requirements of the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act. The contractor shall be required to submit a certified payroll record to the owner within ten (10) days of the payment of the wages. The contractor is also responsible for obtaining and submitting all subcontractors‟ certified payroll records within the aforementioned time period. The contractor shall submit said certified payrolls in the form set forth in N.J.A.C. 12:60-6.1(c). It is the contractor‟s responsibility to obtain any additional copies of the certified payroll form to be submitted by contacting the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workplace Standards. Additional information is available at www.state.nj.us/labor/lsse/lspubcon.html. NON-COLLUSION AFFIDAVIT The Non-Collusion Affidavit, which is part of these specifications, shall be properly executed and submitted intact with the proposal. NON-DISCRIMINATION There shall be no discrimination against any employee engaged in the work required to produce the commodities covered by any contract resulting from this bid, or against any applicant to such employment because of race, religion, sex, national origin, creed, color, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or nationality. This provision shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship. The contractor shall insert a similar provision in all subcontracts for services to be covered by any contract resulting from this bid. REQUIRED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EVIDENCE NO FIRM MAY BE ISSUED A CONTRACT UNLESS THEY COMPLY WITH THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION REGULATIONS OF P.L. 1975, c. 127, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. A. Procurement, Professional and Service Contracts All successful vendors must submit within seven days of the notice of intent to award or the signing of the contract one of the following: (1) A photocopy of their Federal Letter of Affirmative Action Plan Approval, or (2) A photocopy of their Certificate of Employee Information Report, or (3) A completed Affirmative Action Employee Information Report. (AA302-Available upon request) B. Construction Contracts All successful contractors must submit within three days of the signing of the contracts an Initial Project Manning Report (AA201-available upon request) for any contract award that meets or exceeds the bidding threshold. 11. WORKER AND COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW ACT The manufacturer or supplier of chemical substances or mixtures shall label them in accordance with the N.J. Worker and Community Right to Know Law (N.J.S.A. 34: 51 et seq., and N.J.A.C 5:89-5 et. seq.,). Containers that the law and rules require to be labeled shall show the Chemical Abstracts Service number of all the components and the chemical name. Further, all applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) aka hazardous substance fact Sheet, must be furnished. STATEMENT OF CORPORATE OWNERSHIP In accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2, no corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership, Subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship, shall be awarded a contract, unless prior to the receipt of the bid or accompanying the bid of the corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability






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partnership, subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship, there is submitted to the County a statement setting forth the names and addresses of all stockholders who own 10% or more of the stock, of any class or of all individual partners who own a 10% or greater interest in the corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership, Subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship. If one or more such stockholder or partner is itself a corporation or partnership, the stockholders holding 10% or more of that corporation‟s stock, or the individual partners owning 10% or greater interest in that partnership, as the case may be, shall also be listed. The disclosure shall be continued until names and addresses of every noncorporate stockholder and individual partner, exceeding the 10% ownership criteria established in this act has been listed. This form shall be signed and submitted with the bid/proposal whether or not a stockholder or partner owns less than 10% of the business submitting the bid. Failure to comply requires mandatory rejection of the bid/proposal. 13. ACQUISITION, MERGE, SALE AND/OR TRANSFER OF BUSINESS, ETC. It is understood by all parties that if, during the life of the contract, the contractor disposes of his/her business concern by acquisition, merger, sale and/or transfer or by any means convey his/her interest(s) to another party, all obligations are transferred to that new party. In this event, the new owner(s) will be required to submit, when required, a performance bond in the amount of the open balance of the contract. INSURANCE, ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, DAMAGES A. If it becomes necessary for the contractor, either as principal or by agent or employee, to enter upon the premises or property of the County in order to construct, erect, inspect, make delivery or remove property hereunder, the contractor hereby covenants and agrees to take use, provide and make all proper, necessary and sufficient precautions, safeguards, and protection against the occurrence of happenings of any accidents, injuries, damages, or hurt to person or property during the course of the work herein covered and be his/her sole responsibility. The contractor further covenants and agrees to indemnify and save harmless the County from the payment of all sums of money or any other consideration(s) by reason of any, or all, such accidents, injuries, damages, or hurt that may happen or occur upon or about such work and all fines, penalties and loss incurred for or by reason of the violation of any County regulation, ordinance or the laws of the State, or the United States while said work is in progress. B. The contractor shall maintain sufficient insurance to protect against all claims under Workers Compensation, General Liability and Automobile and shall be subject to approval for adequacy of protection and certificates of such insurance shall be provided the County when required. In all cases where a Certificate of Insurance is required, the County is to be named as an additional insurer. 15. PAYMENT Payment will be made after a properly executed County voucher has been received and formally approved on the voucher list by the Board of Chosen Freeholders at its subsequent regular meeting. The voucher will be certified correct by the department/division head who received the goods or services. NON-PAYMENT OF PENALTIES AND INTEREST ON OVERDUE BILLS State Law requires that public funds be used to pay only for goods delivered or services rendered. Somerset County will not pay penalties and/or interest on overdue bills. No employee is authorized to sign a letter of credit or any other document that represents a legal commitment on the part of the County to pay additional fees. TERMINATION DEFAULT Non-performance of the Contractor in terms of specifications shall be a basis for termination of the contract by the County. The County may terminate the contract upon 30 days' written notice to the Contractor. The County shall not pay for any services and/or materials which are unsatisfactory. The contractor may be given a reasonable opportunity before termination to correct the deficiencies. This, however, shall in no way be construed as negating the basis for termination for non-performance.



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UNCONDITIONAL TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE: The County may terminate the resultant contact for convenience by providing sixty (60) calendar days advance notice to the contractor. TERMINATION FOR DEFAULT: If the Contractor fails to meet deadlines, or fails to provide the agreed upon services, and or material altogether, a termination for default will be issued, but only after the County has determined the Contractor has failed to remedy the problem after being forewarned. TERMINATION BY THE COUNTY: If the Contractor should be adjudged bankrupt or should make a general assignment for the benefit of its creditors, or if a receiver should be appointed on account of its insolvency, the County may terminate this contract. If the Contractor should persistently or repeatedly refuse or should fail, except in cases for which extension of time is provided, to provide enough properly skilled workers or proper materials, or persistently disregard laws and ordinances, or not proceed with work of this contract, the County shall give the Contractor fifteen (15) calendar days written notice. Upon receipt of such termination notice, the Contractor shall be allowed seven (7) calendar days to cure such deficiencies. INDEMNIFICATION: The Contractor agrees to indemnify and save harmless the County, its officers, agents and employees, hereinafter referred to as indemnities, from all suits, including attorney's' fees and costs of litigation, actions, loss damage, expense, cost of claims, of any character or on account of any act, claim or amount arising or recovered under Workers Compensation law, or arising out of failure of the Contractor or those acting under Contractor to conform to any statutes, ordinances, regulations, law or court decree. It is the intent of the parties to this contract that the indemnities shall, in all instances, except for loss or damage resulting from the sole negligence of the indemnitee, be indemnified against all liability, loss or damage of any nature whatsoever. ADDITIONS/DELETIONS OF SERVICE: The County reserves the right to add and/or delete services to this contract. Should a service requirement be deleted, payment to the Contractor will be reduced proportionally to the amount of service deleted in accordance with the bid price. Should additional services be required, payment to the Contractor will be increased proportionally to the amount of service added in accordance with the bid price. Vendor‟s literature and/or pricing sheets will not be accepted in lieu of completing the proposal blank(s) set forth in these specifications. SPECIFICATIONS Any prospective bidder who wishes to challenge a bid specification shall file such challenges in writing with the contracting agent no less than three business days prior to the opening of the bids. Challenges filed after that time shall be considered void and having no impact on the contracting unit or the award of contract. THE PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION ACT N.J.S.A. 34 :11-56.48 et seq. requires that a general or prime contractor and any listed subcontractors named in the contractor‟s bid proposal shall possess a certificate at the time the bid proposal is submitted. After bid proposals are received and prior to award of contract, the successful contractor shall submit a copy of the contractor‟s certification along with those of all listed subcontractors. All non-listed subcontractors and lower tier sub-subcontactors ashall be registered prior to starting work on the project. It is the general contractor‟s responsiblity that all non-listed sub-contractors at any tier have their certificate prior to starting work on the job. Under the law a “contractor” is “a person, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, corporation or other legal business entity or successor thereof who enters into a contract” which









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is subject to the provisions of the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act (N.J.S.A. 34 :11-56.25, et seq.) It applies to contractors based in New Jersey or in another state. The law defines “public works projects” as contracts for “public work” as defined in the Prevailing Wage statute (N.J.S.A. 34 :11-56.25(5) ). The term means:  “Construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, or repair work, or maintenance work, including painting and decorating, done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of the funds of a public body, except work performed under a rehabilitation program. “Public work” shall also mean construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, or repair work, done on any property or premises, whether or not the work is paid for from public funds… “ “Maintenance work” means the repair of existing facilities when the size, type or extent of such facilities is not thereby changed or increased. White “maintenance” includes painting and decorating and is covered under the law, it does not include work such as routine landscape maintenance or janitorial services.



To register, a contractor must provide the State Department of Labor with a full and accurately completed application form. The form is available online at www.state.nj.us/labor/Isse/Ispubcon.html. N.J.S.A. 34 :11-56.55 specifically prohibits accepting applications for registration as a substitute for a certificate or registration. 23. Amendments to N.J.S.A. 2C: 21-33 et. seq. “TRUTH IN CONTRACTING” New provisions of law govern false claims and representation. It is a serious crime for the vendor to knowingly submit a false claim and/or knowingly make material misrepresentation. There are enhanced penalties for areas of false claims, bid rigging and bribery, gratuities and gifts; and conflict of interest. Please consult the statute for further information. N.J. Business Registration Program Certificate required pursuant to C57, PL2004. The law provides that a copy of the Business Registration Certificate issued by the NJ Dept. of Treasury shall be provided at the time any bid or RFP is submitted; failure to do so is a fatal defect that cannot be cured. “Pay to Play” – Notice of Disclosure Requirement – P.L. 2005, Chapter 271, Section 3 Reporting (N.J.S.A. 19:44A – 20.27) (1) Any business entity that has received $50,000 or more in contracts from government entities in a calendar year is required to file an annual disclosure report with ELEC. The instructions and form are available on the ELEC website. The first annual disclosure report will be due by September 28, 2007. Thereafter, Annual th Disclosures require submission by March 30 of each year covering contracts and contributions for the prior calendar year. At a minimum, a list of all business entities that file an annual disclosure report will be listed on ELEC‟s website at www.elec.state.nj.us. If you have any questions please contact ELEC at: 1-888-313-ELEC (3532) (toll free in NJ) or 609-292-8700




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This specification shall outline the requirements for a 2006 or newer heavy duty, rear engine, diesel powered transit bus. It shall have completed an ALTOONA/STURRA test, verification of testing shall be submitted with the bid. The bus is intended for use by a wide spectrum of passengers, including children, adults, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

The bus shall comply with all applicable federal and state regulations. These include, but are not limited to, Federal ADA Fixed Route requirements as well as state accessibility, safety and security requirements. The bus shall meet all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and all NJ M.V.C. Motor Carrier rules and regulations. These detailed technical specifications are intended to provide a complete description of all components, systems, features, and options required by the County. Where brand names are indicated, they shall be provided unless they are not available to the bidder either from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or in the after market. Equivalents and substitutions are subject to the approval of the County which is the final decision maker as to acceptability of substitutions. Supporting documentation shall be provided with the bid to be considered. Failure to offer equipment as specified or with approved equals will deem the bid as non-responsive resulting in its rejection. In the event of any conflict between the requirements of this Specification and any applicable legal requirement, the legal requirement shall prevail. Technical requirements that exceed the legal requirements are not considered to conflict.

The bus manufacturer shall ensure that the application and installation of major bus subcomponents and systems are compliant with all such subcomponent vendors‟ requirements and recommendations. Components used in the vehicle shall be of heavy-duty design and proven in transit service.

All exceptions to any requirements of these specifications must be so noted and fully explained in the space provided or attached sheet with item and exception clearly identified. If no exception is noted, it is understood that the vendor is proposing to furnish the item as specified.

All bidders must complete the attached specifications. Each line requires a response stating the specifications proposed by the bidder. In the event that the specifications proposed by the bidder are exactly and unequivocally identical to the specifications established by the County including brand name, the bidder may respond with the phrase "NO EXCEPTIONS". In all other cases, including an offer of a different brand name item, the bidder is required to provide


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detailed specifications. Explanations of exceptions and deviations must be completed to parallel the information provided in the specifications. Additional pages may be added, if necessary. terms such as, "No structural differences" or "We are equal to your proposed specifications" will not be permitted. It is the responsibility of the County and it‟s representatives to determine if a substitution to the specifications is "Or Equal" or if it is not. It is not the bidder‟s prerogative to declare that what s/he is substituting is "Or Equal". The bidder may not just provide product literature or specifications without indicating deviations from the published specifications on the exception lines provided (unless the product will be supplied exactly as described in the published specifications). Failure to fully and clearly describe deviations in the format described above will render the bid invalid for material non-compliance to the published specification requirements. In the final determination made by the County, it may be necessary for the bidder to provide a demonstrator vehicle for inspection and evaluation.


With the exceptions of exterior mirrors, marker and signal lights, flexible portions of the bumper, fender skirts, and rub rail, the bus shall have the following overall dimensions. (1) Length (2) Width (3) Height (4) Overall Width 41 feet, 1 inch (+0,-l2 inch) bumper to bumper 8 feet, 6 inches (+0,-l inch) 11 feet maximum, loaded or unloaded, first step height not more than 14.5” 102 inches (+0, -1 inch) excluding fenders, mirrors, wheelwell splash deflectors, clearance/direction lights, etc.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.2 UNDERBODY CLEARANCE

All Proposals shall include the following information: Approach angle Breakover angle Departure angle Ground clearance Axle clearance 8.5° w/full width skid plate, if equipped with a front door wheelchair lift 10o 9o 9" 6.5” Rear 6” Front

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.3 WEIGHT AND AXLE LOADING

Each bus, at a capacity load, shall not exceed the gross vehicle weights or maximum axle weights specified in the laws of the State of New Jersey. In no case shall the individual axle weight exceed 22,400 pounds. In the interest of economy in construction and operation it shall be the goal to construct each bus as light as possible without degradation of safety, performance, appearance, comfort and reliability.


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Total vehicle weight shall not exceed the gross vehicle weight as specified by the Motor Vehicle Laws of the State of New Jersey. Total gross axle weight rating shall not exceed 38,400 pounds.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.4 CAPACITY

Rated capacity of the transit configuration bus shall be no less than forty-two (42) seated passengers with the specified seating arrangement and sixteen (16) standees. SLW and GVWR shall be determined by the seating (including operator) and standee capacities of the actual arrangement specified.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.5 SERVICE LIFE

The bus shall be designed to operate in mass transit service for at least twelve (12) years or 500,000 miles of revenue service.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.6 ACCESSIBILITY

All systems or components shall be readily accessible for service and inspection. To the extent practicable, removal or physical movement of components unrelated to the specific maintenance and/or repair tasks involved shall be unnecessary. Relative accessibility of components, measured in time required to gain access, shall be inversely proportional to frequency of maintenance and repair of the components.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.7 INTERCHANGEABILITY

Components with identical functions are interchangeable to the extent practicable. These components include, but are not limited to, passenger window hardware, interior trim, lamps, lamp lenses, and seat assemblies.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.8 OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

The bus shall achieve normal operation in temperature ranges of -10 degrees to 115 degrees F. at relative humidity between 5 percent and l00 percent and at altitudes up to 5,000 feet above sea level. Degradation of performance due to atmospheric conditions shall be minimized at temperatures below -10 degrees F. and above 115 degrees F. or at altitudes above 5,000 feet. Special equipment or procedures may be employed to start the bus after a 12 hour or more exposure to temperatures below +30 degrees F. without the engine in operation. Speed, gradability, and acceleration performance requirements shall be met at, or corrected to, 85 degrees F., 29.00 inches Hg, dry air. Performance degradation at conditions other than the test standard shall not exceed l percent for each 3 degrees F. and 4 percent for each 1,000 feet of


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altitude above the standard. The interior climate control system shall perform in compliance with Section 3.7.6.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 1.9 MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

For economy in maintenance, it is essential that parts and units be arranged so that rapid assembly and disassembly shall be possible for all buses proposed to be purchased. The dimensions of all parts, unless particularly specified, shall be in accordance with current standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers, or the metric equivalents. All units or parts not specified shall be Contractor's standard units or parts and shall conform in material, design and workmanship to industry standards and shall meet or exceed all Federal and State motor vehicle safety standards. All parts shall be new and in no case shall used, reconditioned or obsolete parts be accepted. Any one part used shall be an exact duplicate in manufacture, design and construction in each of the buses. The bus shall be complete and ready for service. No advantage may be taken by the Contractor in the omission of any parts or details that make the bus complete and ready for service, even though such parts or details are not mentioned in these specifications. Any standard equipment referenced in manufacturer's brochures or sales catalogs shall be incorporated. Workmanship throughout shall conform to the highest standard of commercially accepted practice for the class of work and shall result in a neat and finished appearance. All exposed surfaces and edges shall be smooth, free from burrs and other projections, and shall be neatly finished. Exposed metal surfaces, prior to paneling or covering shall be properly prepared and coated with protective material to insure against corrosion or deterioration except in cases where the exposed metal is stainless steel. All lubrication points, unless otherwise specified, shall be capable of accepting a high pressure grease gun operated through fittings that permit grease to travel into the lubrication point but do not permit the grease to escape and designed so that when the grease gun is withdrawn, there is a positive barrier preventing dirt from entering the fitting. These fittings shall be of one manufacture and shall be accessible for a grease gun operated with flexible hose connections. All exposed body parts shall be stainless steel or aluminum, except for the front and rear fiberglass end caps. All structural tubular frame members shall be stainless steel adequately protected with Corashield 7972. Ferritic stainless steel tubes shall be drilled, rust proofed with a PPG Coratube rust inhibitor applied on their inner surfaces and plugged. In the event that a particular structural member is not available in stainless steel, carbon steel may be used provided it is coated on all surfaces with PPG Corashield 7972.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ BODY 2.1 DESIGN

Buses shall have two doors, one forward of the front wheel and one forward of the rear wheel well in the mid section of the bus. The bus shall also have a clean, smooth, simple design, primarily derived from bus performance requirements and passenger service criteria established by these specifications. The exterior and body features, including grilles, shall be shaped to allow complete and easy cleaning by automatic bus washers without snagging washer brushes. Water and dirt shall not be retained in or on any body feature to freeze or bleed out onto the bus after leaving the washer. Body and windows shall be sealed to prevent leaking of air, dust, or water under normal operating conditions and during cleaning in automatic bus washers for the service life of the bus. Special attention shall be paid to preventing leaks into the operator's area. The design shall provide that leaks from the seam of the front cap and body shall be


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directed away from the operator's area. Accumulation on any window of the bus of spray and splash generated by the bus wheels on a wet road shall be minimized.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.2 MATERIALS

Body materials shall be aluminum, fiberglass or stainless steel and shall be fabricated to reduce maintenance, extend durability, and provide consistency of appearance throughout the life of the bus. A fiberglass composite roof is acceptable provided that its strength is equal to sheet metal. Detailing shall be kept simple; add-on devices and trim shall be minimized and, where necessary, integrated into the basic design.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.3 FINISH AND COLOR

All exterior surfaces shall be smooth and free of wrinkles and dents. Exterior surfaces to be painted shall be properly cleaned and primed as appropriate for the paint used, prior to application of paint to assure a proper bond between the basic surface and successive coats of original paint for the service life of the bus. Paint shall be DuPont or PPG low VOC (Delta DFHS-1 Color 91463 gloss white and Delta DURS-1 Color 9645 semi-gloss black), two component catalyzed polyurethane enamel that exhibits excellent color and gloss retention, chip, abrasion, stain and mar resistance, chemical and solvent resistance and excellent cleanability per industry standards. Paint shall be applied smoothly and evenly with the finished surface free of dirt, runs and other imperfections. Any and all over spray shall be removed from the bus interior/exterior. All exterior finished surfaces shall be impervious to diesel fuel, gasoline, and commercial cleaning agents. Finished surfaces shall not be damaged by controlled applications of commonly used graffiti-removing chemicals. Painting the exterior of the bus includes painting the rooftop A/C unit and fiberglass panels if the original color is not identical to the paint color. Two-tone (Dupont N-0226 & 5351 Blue) color transit stripes measuring 4 inches wide shall be painted on each side and rear of bus per the county‟s fleet design. Vinyl is not acceptable in lieu of painted striping.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2. 4 NUMBERING AND SIGNING

Monograms, numbers and other special signing specified by Somerset County Division of Transportation shall be applied to the inside and outside of the bus as required. Signs shall be durable and fade, chip, and peel-resistant; they may be decals, or pressure-sensitive appliques. Signs relating safety information shall be impregnated fiberglass, riveted in place.

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Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel Placard. – Indicating that 30 ppm ultra low sulfur fuel is required. Placard is to be located on the inside of the fuel fill door. Must be riveted in place, decals are not acceptable. Water fill location at expansion tank- "Caution Steam Under Pressure - To Avoid Personal Injury, Do Not Open Filler Cap if Steam or Hot Water Flows From Vent Cock." Water fill location at overflow and reservoir tank – “Antifreeze fill” Electric Terminal Compartment - indicate correct voltages for all terminals. Front door - "Kneeling Bus" WARNING - DO NOT PASS ON RIGHT - black lettering on yellow background, installed on both rear corners of the bus. “Yield to Bus” Accessibility decal


5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

11. The location of the battery disconnect switch shall be identified on the bus exterior. INTERIOR 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Height and GVWR weight of vehicle shall be posted in clear view of the seated driver. Emergency exit instructions as necessary. "Push to Signal Driver to Stop" - located throughout the bus at each signal tape. "No Smoking" and "No Standing". "Fire Extinguisher." "Upon Request Of The Operator Or Other Authorized Person, please vacate these seats to make room for senior citizens, pregnant persons or people with disabilities." to be provided in compliance with ADA requirements. Install a pressure sensitive "no" decal with the following heading and three statements "Please - No Smoking - No eating or drinking - radios silent." Do not include any foreign language. The decal is 13 1/2" long, 6" wide, white background with the appropriate 3 1/2" diameter red, black and white visual symbol under each statement. "Watch Your Step" on the step riser. Decals are not acceptable. "Welcome Aboard" on the step riser. Decals are not acceptable. "No Solicitation" decal. Additional decals and signs shall be applied as necessary to comply with all Federal and State laws governing same. "Please Do Not Cross In Front Of Bus" - on the back of the run number box. “EXACT FARE REQUIRED - OPERATOR HAS NO MONEY” - black letters on a yellow


8. 9. 10.

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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.5 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
Exterior protrusions greater than ½ inch and within eighty inches (80") of the ground shall have a radius no less than the amount of the protrusion. The left side rearview mirror and required lights and reflectors are exempt from the protrusion requirement. Advertising frames shall protrude no more than 7/8 inch from the body surface and shall have the exposed edges and corners radiused to the extent practicable. Grilles, doors, bumpers and other features on the sides and rear of the bus shall be designed to minimize the ability of unauthorized riders to secure toeholds or handholds.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.6 2.6.1 STRUCTURE STRENGTH AND FATIGUE LIFE

The structure shall be of a sufficiently strong and efficient design to withstand the conditions of mass transit service in New Jersey throughout the service life of the bus. The design shall incorporate all severe service, heavy-duty features available from the Contractor. Shim material, if used, shall be positively retained so that if the structure that is shimmed moves, the shims shall remain in their original position.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.6.2 DISTORTION

The bus, at gross load and under static conditions, shall not exhibit deformation or deflection that impairs operation of doors, windows, or other mechanical elements. Static conditions include the vehicle at rest with any one wheel or dual set of wheels on a six inch (6") curb or in a six inch (6") deep hole.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.6.3 RESONANCE

All structure, body, and panel-bending mode frequencies, including vertical, lateral, and torsional modes, shall be sufficiently removed from all primary excitation frequencies to minimize audible, visible, or sensible resonant vibrations during normal service.

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The bus shall resist corrosion from atmospheric conditions and road salts throughout its useful life. The bus shall maintain structural integrity and nearly maintain original appearance throughout its service life, provided it is maintained in accordance with the procedures specified in the service manual. All exposed body panels above and below the floor line shall be aluminum or stainless steel. Materials exposed to the elements and all joints and connections of dissimilar metals shall be corrosion-resistant and shall be protected from galvanic corrosion. Contractors proposing steel tubing for frame construction are required to use stainless steel tubing of comparable cross section in all areas above and below the floor. All structural carbon steel materials, if used, must be coated with PPG Corashield 7972 on all external surfaces and PPG Coratube on interior surfaces.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.7 TOWING

Permanent towing devices shall be provided on each end of the bus. Tow eyes shall be located either behind and below the front bumper or behind a removable door on the front of the bus. Each towing device shall withstand, without permanent deformation, tension loads up to 1.2 times the curb weight of the bus within twenty degrees (20o) of the longitudinal axis of the bus. The rear towing device(s) shall not provide a toehold for unauthorized riders. The front-towing devices shall allow attachment of a rigid tow bar and shall permit lifting of the bus, at curb weight, by the towing devices and the tow bar until the front wheels are clear of the ground. Any lifting shall be done only to the extent of preparing the vehicle for flat towing or emergency situations.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.8 JACKING
It shall be possible to jack up the bus, at curb weight, with a common ten (10") inch high hand or floor jack when a tire or dual set is completely flat and the bus is on a level, hard surface without crawling under any portion of the bus and without relocating the bus. Jacking shall be accomplished by a serviceman in less than two (2) minutes from the time the bus is approached with the jack until the bus is sufficiently high enough to remove and reinstall a wheel and tire assembly. The bus shall withstand such jacking to a height of eighteen (18) inches at any one or any combination of wheel locations without permanent deformation or damage.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.9 HOISTING

The bus axles or jacking plates shall accommodate the lifting pads of a two (2) post hoist system. Jacking plates, if used as hoisting pads, shall be approximately five inches (5") square, with a turned-down flange not less than 1 inch deep on each side to prevent the bus from falling off the hoist. Other pads or the bus structure shall support the bus on jack stands independent of the hoist.

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The passenger and engine compartments shall be separated by a bulkhead(s) that shall, by incorporation of fire resistant materials in its construction, be a firewall. This firewall shall be Docket 90 compliant and preclude or retard propagation of an engine compartment fire into the passenger compartment. Only necessary openings shall be allowed in the firewall, and these shall be fire resistant. Any passageways for the climate control system air shall be separated from the engine compartment by fire resistant material. Piping through the bulkhead shall have copper, brass, or fire resistant fittings sealed at the firewall with copper or steel piping on the forward side. Wiring may pass through the bulkhead only if connectors or other means are provided to prevent or retard fire propagation through the firewall. The conduit and bulkhead connectors shall be sealed with fire resistant material at the firewall. Engine access panels in the firewall shall be fabricated of fire resistant material and secured with fire resistant fasteners. These panels, their fasteners, and the firewall shall be constructed and reinforced to minimize warping of the panels during a fire that shall compromise the integrity of the firewall. An AMEREX V-25, fire detection / suppression system shall be provided. A minimum twentyfive (25) pound capacity agent cylinder of the stored pressure type shall be furnished and shall conform to DOT specification 4BW. The cylinder shall be equipped with a gauge showing state of charge. Each discharge nozzle shall provide at least 240 cubic feet of flooding coverage with application coverage of at least 900 square inches. Cast iron fittings may not be used. Hoses shall comply with SAE 100 R5 or SAE R1. All hoses shall be secured to prevent rubbing / contact with suspension / chassis components. Manual actuation of the agent shall be accomplished by depressing an electric switch (button with pull pin labeled “FIRE”) shall be mounted in the operator‟s dash area. The actuator shall require no more than forty (40 lbs) pounds of force, nor shall it have to travel more than ninety (90o) degrees to actuate the valve. The lever shall lock in only the fully open or fully closed position. The presence of fire shall be detected by devices approved by Factory Mutual Research Corporation as heat actuated fire detectors. A circuit monitor shall provide electrical supervision of the power, heat detection and system actuation. The enclosure shall be watertight. The control shall indicate Normal, Fire and Fault conditions. A red LED shall clearly be labeled fire. The circuit monitor shall also be equipped with an audible alarm that is activated in either the Fire or Fault situation. A method to silence the alarm shall be provided. Contractor installation of the suppression system shall be reviewed on the buses and approved by representatives of the system supplier with complete system installation procedures approved in writing by the supplier and provided to Somerset County Division of Transportation with the buses. A circuit supervision and control capability shall be provided for the fire suppression system shall be visible to a seated operator. The control shall provide a display indicating Normal, Fire or Fault conditions and the control shall shut the engine down within 30 seconds (adjustable) of detecting a fire. An engine shutdown override / reset button shall also be provided on the panel. The control shall supervise the automatic fire suppression system electrical circuits, facilitate the connection for these various circuits and provide auxiliary contacts that control external vehicle shutdown or safety devices in the event of activation of the fire suppression system. A battery backup shall be provided. An internal test circuit and internal diagnostic capability shall be supplied. A dry chemical fire suppression agent distribution system with four (4) nozzles shall be installed in the engine compartment; one directed at the rear electrical control box (if supplied). The entire system shall be approved by the Factory Mutual Research Corporation for mobile


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equipment operating between -65 degrees F and +150 degrees F. Nozzles shall be brass and equipped with dust caps that are displaced by the chemical flow and fall in an area so that they do not add fuel for a fire. The final installation of the system shall be approved and certified by the system supplier, with any warranty or insurance coverage being assigned to Somerset County Division of Transportation.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.11 CRASH WORTHINESS

The bus body and roof structure shall withstand a static load equal to 150 percent of the curb weight evenly distributed on the roof with no more than a six (6") inch reduction in any interior dimension. Windows shall remain in place and shall not open under such a load. The bus shall withstand a 25-mph impact by a 4,000-pound post 1974 automobile, at any point, excluding doorways, along either side of the bus with no more than three inches (3") of permanent structural deformation at seated passenger hip height. This impact shall not result in sharp edges or protrusions in the bus interior. Exterior panels below the rub rail and their supporting structural members shall withstand a static load of 2,000 pounds applied perpendicular to the bus anywhere below the rub rail by a pad no larger than five inches (5") square. This load shall not result in deformation that prevents installation of new exterior panels to restore the original appearance of the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.12 2.12.1 EXTERIOR AND APPLIED PANELS STRENGTH AND INSTALLATION

Only exterior panels that are above the rub rail may be structural components. Exterior surface panels shall not be installed or retained with visible rivets or fasteners.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.12.2 REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT

Exterior panels below the rub rail shall be divided into sections that are repairable or replaceable by a mechanic in less than thirty minutes (30) for a section up to five feet (5') long (excludes painting). Skirt panels located between the wheel wells shall be aluminum or stainless steel or shall be fabricated from a material that retains its profile after being struck. Skirt panels shall be retained by standard slam latches wherever possible and ¼ turn latches in all other areas. The latch shall be fastened to the inside of the skirt panel with the retainer mounted to the bus body/undercarriage. Exterior side panels above the rub rail and below the lower daylight opening shall be repairable or replaceable by a mechanic in less than 1 hour for a section up to five feet (5') long (excludes painting).



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Gutters shall be provided to prevent water flowing from the roof onto the side windows, passenger doors and the operator's side window. When the bus is decelerated, the gutters shall not drain onto the windshield, or operator's side window, or into the door boarding area. Cross sections of the gutters shall be no less than 0.25 square inches. Also, when the bus leans to the right side due to incline, water shall not drain onto passengers boarding or disembarking the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.14 LICENSE PLATES

Provisions shall be made to mount standard size U.S. license plates on the front and rear of the bus. These provisions shall recess the license plates so that they can be cleaned by automatic bus washing equipment without being caught by the brushes. License plates shall be mounted on, or to the left of, the bus center and shall not allow a toehold or handhold for unauthorized riders.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 2.15 RUB RAILS

Rub rails composed of flexible, resilient material shall be provided to protect both sides of the bus body from damage caused by minor sideswipe accidents with automobiles. Rub rails shall have vertical dimensions of no less than two and one-half (2½) inches with the centerline no higher than thirty-three inches (33") above the ground. The rub rails shall be capable of withstanding impacts of 200 foot-pounds of energy from a steel-faced spherical missile no less than nine (9) inches in diameter with no visible damage to the rub rail, retainer, or supporting structure. The rubrail may be discontinued at doorways. A damaged portion of the rub rail shall be replaceable without requiring removal or replacement of the entire rub rail.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ INTERIOR 3.1 HEADROOM

Headroom above the aisle and at the centerline of the aisle seats shall be no less than seventyeight inches (78"). At the centerline of the window seats, headroom shall be no lower than the required top of the side window. Headroom at the rear bench seat balcony area may be reduced to a minimum of fifty-six inches (56”) on the transit configuration. In any area of the bus directly over the head of a seated passenger and positioned where a passenger entering or leaving the seat is prone to strike his/her head, padding shall be provided on the overhead paneling.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.2 OPERATOR’S BARRIER

A barrier between the operator and the passenger compartment of the bus shall be provided. The barrier shall eliminate glare and reflections in the windshield directly in front of the barrier from interior lighting during night operation. The rearward portion of the barrier shall extend


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from the ceiling of the bus and continue to the floor and shall extend from the sidewall of the bus to the passenger aisle to prevent passengers from reaching the operator or his/her personal effects. The operator‟s barrier shall have a clear ½ inch polycarbonate panel added to protect the right side of the operator. The panel shall be designed to utilize the twenty-four (24”) inch park brake tower extension for support. The barrier shall extend the maximum allowable amount so that a patron would have to move around it and clearly into the operator‟s field of vision in order to confront the operator physically. The stainless steel tubing provided to support the barrier shall have at least one continuous run from floor to ceiling. The area contained by the operator‟s barrier shall meet the cooling and heating requirements of this specification and all applicable NJDOT requirements. The operator barrier shall be opaque and constructed of stainless steel or a composite material that is shatter proof. If glazing panels are used, the panels shall be no less than 3/8 inch thick. On the aisle side, the barrier shall be cut out from the vertical stanchions to permit passengers to use the stanchion as a handhold. The handhold area shall be designated by yellow powder coating. Any panels above and below the glazing shall be complementary in color to the sidewall material.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.3 MODESTY PANELS

Sturdy divider panels constructed of durable, unpainted, corrosion-resistant material complementing the interior trim shall be provided at the rear of both stepwells. Modesty panels shall be installed at the sides of longitudinal seats and the required armrests shall be integral. These dividers shall be mounted on the side wall and shall project toward the aisle no further than passenger knee projection in longitudinal seats or the aisle side of the transverse seats. Modesty panels shall extend no higher than the lower daylight opening of the side windows and those forward of transverse seats shall extend to within 3½ inches of the floor. Panels forward of longitudinal seats shall extend to below the level of the seat cushion. Dividers positioned at the doorways shall provide no less than a 2½ inch clearance between the modesty panel and the opened door to protect passengers from being pinched. The modesty panel and its mounting shall withstand normal kicking, pushing, and pulling loads of 200-pound passengers without permanent visible deformation. Opaque portions of the modesty panels shall be a covered with Formica 912-58, storm matte finish.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.4 REAR BULKHEAD

The rear bulkhead surface shall be contoured to fit the ceiling, sidewalls, and seat backs so that any litter, such as a cigarette package or newspaper, shall tend to fall to the floor or seating surface when the bus is on a level surface. Any air vents in this area shall be louvered to reduce airflow noise and to reduce the probability of trash or litter being thrown or drawn through the grille. The return air grilles, or sections thereof, shall be easily and quickly removable to service components located behind the rear bulkhead. The rear bulkhead shall be covered with a neutral gray, Nevamar ARP Plus, MXT 002T or DKE greystone, on transit buses.



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Interior panels may be integral with, or applied to, the basic bus structure. They shall be decorated in accordance with the interior specified. Use of moldings and small pieces of trim shall be minimized, and all parts shall be functional. An access hole of 1/2" diameter with rubber plugs shall be provided under each passenger seat to facilitate the application of vermin treatment.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.6 FASTENING

Interior panels shall be attached so that there are no exposed edges or rough surfaces. Panels and fasteners shall not be easily removable by passengers. Interior trim fasteners, where required, shall be rivets or cross-recessed head screws.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.7 WINDSCREEN

A windscreen shall be provided forward of the first longitudinal seat on the curbside of the bus. Windscreens shall be installed fore and aft of the rear door. The windscreen shall be at least ½ inch thick clear polycarbonate framed by 1.25 inch dimensional tubing with a C-extrusion to retain the plastic. The windscreen shall be properly supported and isolated to prevent cracking and vibration.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.8 CLEANING

The manufacturer shall ensure that areas such as those under the seats and over the front wheelhouses shall be completely enclosed or designed to prevent debris from a cyclone cleaner from accumulating.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.9 3.9.1 FLOOR FLOOR HEIGHT

Height of the floor above the street shall be no more than 34.5 inches, measured at the centerline of the front door. The floor may be inclined only along the longitudinal axis of the bus, and the incline shall be less than 1½° of the horizontal. All floor measurements shall be with the bus at the design height and on a level surface.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.9.2 STRENGTH

The floor deck may be integral with the basic structure or mounted on the structure securely to prevent chafing or horizontal movement. Sheet metal screws shall not be used to retain the


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floor and all floor fasteners shall be serviceable from one side only. The stainless steel frame and ¾ inch plywood or composite flooring is to be pilot hole drilled and the steel fastener screwed into the stainless steel frame securing the wood or composite floor down. Between the stainless steel fame and the floor is to be a butyl rubber product that provides a corrosion barrier between the two materials. All floor fasteners shall be secured and protected from corrosion for the service life of the bus. The floor deck shall be reinforced as needed to support passenger loads. At GVWR, the floor shall have an elastic deflection of no more than 0.60 inches from the normal plane. The floor shall withstand the application of 2.5 times gross load weight without permanent detrimental deformation. Floor and step treads, with coverings applied, shall withstand a static load of at least 150 pounds applied through the flat end of a ½ inch diameter rod, with 1/32-inch radius, without permanent visible deformation.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.9.3 EDGES

The floor shall be essentially a continuous flat plane, except at the stepwells and wheel housings. Where the floor meets the sidewalls of the bus with the exception of the vertical wall of the wheelhousing, the surface edges shall be blended with a circular section of radius not less than 1 inch, and a molding or cove shall prevent debris accumulation between the floor and wheel housings.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.9.4 FLOOR PROTECTION

The floor, as assembled, including the sealer, attachments, and covering, shall be waterproof, non-hygroscopic, resistant to wet and dry rot, resistant to mold growth, and impervious to insects. Plywood, if used, shall be no less than 23/32 inch thick, APA certified marine grade with ACQ treatment 7 plies and A/B sides.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.10 3.10.1 STEPS AND STEPWELLS STEPS

A maximum of three steps shall be required for passenger ingress and egress. The steps in each doorway shall be in a fixed location relative to the floor of the bus. At the front door, the first step up from street level shall not exceed 14.5 inches with the bus at the design height, and all step riser heights to bus floor level shall be the same height which shall be no more than 10 inches. At the rear door, the interior steps down from floor level shall not exceed 10-3/4 inches, and the final step to street level shall not exceed 16 inches with the bus at the design height. Risers shall be continuous, flat, planes across the entire width of the stepwell except for notches which may be required at either end to accommodate the opened doors. Step risers may be inclined, not to exceed 17o from the vertical with only the lower edge inward. All corners shall have radii no less than ½ inch to facilitate cleaning. Yellow door pocket guards with rolled edges shall be installed to prevent passengers from falling into the door notches. All four (4) door notches shall have yellow guards installed if slide and glide doors are used. The door notches are not required for plug type doors. All step treads shall be of uniform depth which shall be no less than 11 inches and the plane of the step treads shall be parallel to the plane of the floor. Treads shall be covered with Altro Transflor, slip resistant sheet vinyl that shall remain effective in all weather conditions. Color of


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the tread covering shall match the vestibule flooring. The edge of the vestibule floor shall have no overhang at the step riser. The edge of the vestibule floor and the end of each step tread shall have a contrasting white band two inches (2") wide across the full width of the step.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 3.10.2 STEPWELL STRUCTURE

Stepwells shall be corrosion resistant throughout the life of the bus. Stepwells shall be replaceable as units if they are constructed of nonmetallic material. The steps shall simultaneously support 300-pound loads evenly distributed over the center half of each step tread without permanent deformation and with elastic deflection of no more than 0.125 inches. Each step tread shall support a load of 500 pounds evenly distributed over the center half of the tread without permanent deformation. The steps shall be sloped only an amount sufficient to preclude water accumulation in the stepwells. All corners in the stepwell shall have radii no less than ½ inch except at the front door / lift step area. Provisions shall be made to defrost the front stepwell area through the bus heating system to prevent the accumulation of snow and ice. The last step of the exit door stepwell shall not protrude beyond the adjacent body panels.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ WHEEL HOUSING 4.1 CONSTRUCTION

Wheel housings shall be constructed of stainless steel. Wheel housings, as installed and trimmed, shall withstand impacts of a two inch (2") steel ball with at least 200 foot-pounds of energy without penetration.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 4.2 CLEARANCE

Sufficient clearance and air circulation shall be provided around the tires, wheels, and brakes to preclude overheating when the bus is operating on the design operating profile. Tire chain clearance shall be provided on all driven wheels in accordance with SAE Information Report J683. Interference between the tires and any portion of the bus shall not be possible in maneuvers up to the limit of tire adhesion with weights from curb to GVWR.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 4.3 FENDER SKIRTS

Features to minimize water spray from the bus in wet conditions shall be included in wheel housing design. Any fender skirts shall be resistant to damage and easily replaceable. They shall be flexible if they extend beyond the allowable body width. Wheels and tires shall be removable without disturbing the fender skirts. The skirts shall be retained by stainless steel hex head screws and mounting washers approximately every six inches (6").

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Splash aprons, composed of ¼ inch-minimum composition rubberized fabric, shall be installed behind each wheel and shall extend downward to within three inches (3") of the road surface. Apron widths shall be no less than tire widths. The front apron shall extend across the width of the bus. The rear apron shall be a three (3) piece design with a section behind each driven wheel set and the third section installed as a drivetrain splash guard with accommodations for the drive shaft. Splash aprons shall be bolted to tapping plates permanently attached to the bus understructure. Splash aprons and their attachments shall be inherently weaker than the structure to which they are attached. Splash aprons and their attachments shall not be included in the road clearance measurements. Other splash aprons shall be installed where necessary to protect bus equipment.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ PASSENGER DOORS 5.1 MATERIALS

A front entrance and a rear exit door shall be provided which utilizes Vapor Corporation, single engine air operated door openers. When opened, the front and rear door mechanism shall activate the four-way flashers in the day and night run position only. Structure of the doors, their attachments, inside and outside trim panels, and any mechanism exposed to the elements shall be durable and corrosion-resistant. Greaseable bearings with fittings shall be used to support the door halves. Door construction shall be of corrosion-resistant metal. The doors, when fully opened, shall provide a firm support and shall not be damaged if used as an assist by passengers during ingress or egress.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 5.2 DIMENSIONS

When open, the doors shall leave an opening no less than 84.5 inches in height. Front door opening width shall be no less than 30 inches with the doors fully opened, unless it is equipped with a front door wheelchair lift. In this case, the opening width shall be no less than 32 inches. Rear door opening width shall be no less than 32 inches with the doors fully opened. The lower door bearings shall be protected from a mild acid, ice, snow, rain and other liquids by a stainless steel shield or other approved protective design. Door opening widths may be reduced three inches (3") on the sides of the extreme top and extreme bottom of each door opening. The exit door is to be operator controlled with hand holds affixed to the exit door panels. Exit door touch bars shall not be installed. Sensitive edge shall be tested with a one-inch diameter pipe.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 5.3 DOOR GLAZING

The upper section (½ door height) of both front and rear doors shall be glazed for no less than forty five percent (45%) of the respective door opening area of each section. The lower section of the front and rear door shall be glazed for no less than twenty five percent (25%) of the door opening area of the section. The edge of a six inch (6") high curb shall be visible to the seated 95th percentile male operator through the closed front door when the bus is more than seventeen (17") inches from the curb or the seated 5th percentile female operator through the closed front door when the bus is more than twenty (20”) inches from the curb. The glazing


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shall be indelibly marked with the manufacturer's name, type of material and D.O.T. number. Glazing shall meet AS standards AS-2.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 5.4 DOOR PROJECTION

Exterior projection of the doors shall be minimized and shall not exceed eight inches (8") for the front and rear doors during the opening or closing cycles or when doors are fully opened. Projection inside the bus shall not exceed twenty inches (20"). The closing edge of each door panel shall have no less than two inches (2") of soft weather stripping. The doors, when closed, shall be effectively sealed and the hard surfaces of the doors shall be at least four inches (4") apart. A sensitive edge, or other approved safety system, shall be supplied at the rear door.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 5.5 DOOR HEIGHT ABOVE PAVEMENT

It shall be possible to open and close either passenger door with the bus loaded to GVWR, not kneeled, and parked with the tires touching an eight inch (8") high curb on a street sloping toward the curb so that the left side wheels are five inches (5") higher than the right side wheels.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ SERVICE COMPARTMENT AND ACCESS DOORS 6.1 INTERIOR
Access for maintenance and replacement of equipment shall be provided by panels and doors that appear to be an integral part of the interior. Removal of fixtures or equipment unrelated to the repair task to gain access shall be minimized. Access doors, when top hinged, shall be equipped with gas filled springs wherever possible, to hold the doors out of the mechanic's way. Retention of all interior access panels, except on the door actuator compartments and the destination sign door, shall require a special tool. Additionally, there shall be a small door to provide access to the mag brake override switch. Panel fasteners shall be standardized so that only one tool is required to service all special fasteners within the bus. Access doors for the door actuator compartments shall be secured with hand screws or latches and the rear door actuator compartment shall be secured with tamperproof fasteners, and the doors shall prevent entry of mechanism lubricant into the bus interior. All fasteners that retain access panels shall be captive in the cover. No floor access covers shall be retained by screws fastened into the plywood floor. Self tapping screws on the floor access covers are unacceptable. All floor access covers shall be secured with 3/8 inch coarse thread fasteners with corresponding rivnuts installed in the frame members. Access to the engine compartment shall be provided through the center three seat positions of the rear settee to access components. The rear seat back assembly shall be hinged and supported by a continuous hinge on the transit model bus. One mechanical prop shall be provided to hold the seat up. Access openings in the floor shall be sealed to prevent entry of fumes and water into the bus interior. Flooring material shall be flush with the floor and shall be edge-bound with stainless steel or aluminum to prevent the edges from coming loose. Access openings shall be nonsymmetrical so that the flooring shall be properly aligned. Fasteners shall tighten flush with the floor.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 12/20/2009

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Conventional or pantograph hinged doors shall be used for the engine compartment and for all auxiliary equipment compartments including doors for checking the quantity and adding to the engine coolant and the windshield washer reservoir. Access to these compartments shall be from outside the bus. Access openings shall be sized for easy performance of tasks within the compartment including tool operating space. Access doors shall be of rugged construction and shall be capable of withstanding severe abuse throughout the life of the bus. They shall close flush with the body surface. All doors shall be hinged at the top or on the forward edge and shall be prevented from coming loose or opening during transit service or in bus washing operations. All access doors, when upper edge hinged shall be outfitted with gas-filled springs. Springs and hinges shall be corrosion-resistant and shall last for the bus's service life. All access doors shall have slam latches where possible. For all other locations, 1/4 turn locks openable with a special tool shall be provided. Large access doors shall hinge up and out of the way or fold flat against the bus body and shall be easily operable by one person. These doors, when opened, shall not restrict access for servicing other components or systems. The charge air cooler (CAC)/radiator access door shall open providing unrestricted access to the entire radiator core. Multiple CAC/radiator access doors are acceptable. No fixed panels are to block access to the cores. The engine door shall utilize a rod type latch mechanism, cables shall not be provided. A counter-balanced or spring system should operate large doors but, if not practicable, a powered assist device may be used, provided it is equipped with an emergency system to open the doors manually in less than thirty (30) seconds. The emergency system shall be easily accessible and quickly operable by one person in the event of a power or air system failure or engine compartment fire. The battery compartment shall prevent accumulation of snow, ice and debris on top of the batteries and shall be vented and self-draining. The battery compartment shall be accessible only from outside the bus. All components within the battery compartment, and the compartment itself, shall be protected from damage or corrosion from the electrolyte. The inside surface of the battery compartment's access door shall be electrically insulated, as required, to prevent the battery terminals from shorting on the door if the door is damaged in an accident or if a battery comes loose. The compartment shall incorporate slides that shall permit the tray to be slid out clear of the body and permit totally unrestricted access to the batteries. Battery tray and slider construction shall be stainless steel.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ OPERATING COMPONENTS 7.1 DOOR CONTROL

Operation of, and power to, the passenger doors shall be completely controlled by the operator. Doors shall open or close completely in 1 to 3 seconds from the time of control actuation. A control or valve in the operator's compartment shall shut off the power to, and/or dump the power from, the front door mechanism and the lift mechanism to permit manual operation of the front door with the bus shut down. A master door switch which is not within reach of the seated operator shall when set in the "Off" position close the doors, deactivate the door control system and release the interlocks. Door design shall be as simple as possible. It is of utmost importance that the design requires the minimum of maintenance and provides reliability. To preclude movement of the bus, an accelerator interlock shall deactivate the accelerator and a brake interlock shall engage the rear axle service brake system when the rear door control, wheelchair lift or kneeler is activated. The braking effort shall be 50 % of available brake system


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air pressure. The adjustment device, if used, shall be enclosed in a tamper proof housing, if located inside the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.1.1 CLOSING FORCE

No more than a ten pounds (10 lbs) of force shall be imposed on a 1-square-inch area of any passenger struck by a closing rear door. A maximum force of twenty-five pounds (25 lbs.) shall be required for a passenger to free themselves after either door closes upon them, even if the sensitive edge or safety device on the rear door is inoperative. The sensitive edge shall be firmly retained to avoid its breaking away from the retainer if a 150 pound person held the edge when disembarking.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.1.2 ACTUATORS

Each entrance door panel shall be operated by a pneumatic differential actuator having integral controls for the adjustment of door opening speed, cushioning upon door opening to prevent slamming, and door closing speed. Each door actuator shall be adjustable so that the door opening and closing speed can be independently adjusted from 1 second up to three (3) seconds. Actuators and the complex door mechanism shall be concealed from passengers, but shall be easily accessible for servicing. All elements of the door actuator system shall operate without a Class 3 failure for 50,000 miles.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.1.3 EMERGENCY OPERATION

In the event of an emergency, it shall be possible to open the passenger doors manually from inside the bus using a force of no more than thirty-five pounds (35 lbs.) after actuating an unlocking device at each door. The unlocking devices shall be clearly marked as an emergency only device and shall require two distinct actions to actuate. The door emergency unlocking device shall be readily accessible at the floor level for a thirtieth percentile (30%) female operator. When this emergency device is actuated, the door interlock brake system shall apply to stop the bus. Locked doors shall require a force of more than 100 pounds to open manually. When the locked doors are manually forced to open, damage shall be limited to the bending of minor door linkage with no resulting damage to the doors, engines, and complex door actuating mechanism.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.2 7.2.1 WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHERS WINDSHIELD WIPERS

The bus shall be equipped with two (2) heavy duty air windshield wipers of the self-parking type with an individual control for each wiper. Wipers shall be two speed with an intermittent variable speed control allowing for intermittent windshield cleaning. An intermittent operation feature for each wiper shall be provided with a variable time delay of up to fifteen (15) seconds. If electric


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wipers are used, a diode shall be installed in the wiper harness that prevents the wiper switch contacts from arcing over bumps or rough terrain. At 60 mph, no more than ten percent (10%) of the wiped area shall be lost due to windshield wiper lift. Both wipers shall park along the edges of the windshield glass along the centerline of the bus. Windshield wiper motors shall be interchangeable and the mechanisms shall be easily accessible for repairs or service from inside or outside the bus and shall be removable to the extent practicable as complete units.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.2.2 WINDSHIELD WASHERS

The windshield washer system, mounted on the wiper arm, shall deposit washing fluid on the windshield and, when used with the wipers, shall evenly and completely wet the entire wiped area. The windshield washer system shall have a minimum three (3) gallon reservoir, located for easy refilling and protected from freezing by the defroster or bus heating system. Reservoir pumps, lines, and fittings shall be corrosion-resistant, and the reservoir itself shall be translucent for easy determination of fluid level. The windshield washer system shall be protected with an antifreeze washer solution to -20o F, regardless of season of delivery. The protected solution shall be tinted to provide easy visual indication that anti-freeze is present.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3 7.3.1 LIGHTING, CONTROLS, INSTRUMENTS EXTERIOR LIGHTING

LED lights shall be used on all locations, on both the interior and exterior of the bus, if available for a given application. All exterior lights shall be sealed to prevent entry and accumulation of moisture or dust, and each lamp shall be replaceable in less than five (5) minutes by a mechanic. The use of four (4”) inch round L.E.D. lamp assemblies manufactured by Dial-Light, with internal voltage regulators shall be utilized to the maximum extent possible. Lights mounted on the engine compartment door shall be protected from the impact shock of door opening and closing. Lamps, lenses and fixtures shall be interchangeable to the extent practicable and fixtures shall be corrosion resistant with sockets to be brass or stainless steel. Sockets shall comply with SAE Standard J576C. Lamps at the rear of the bus shall be visible from behind when the engine service door(s) are opened. Visible and audible warning shall inform following vehicles or pedestrians of reverse operation. Visible reverse operation warning shall conform to SAE Standard J593. Audible reverse operation warning shall conform to SAE Recommended Practice J994-Type C or D. Bus hazard warning lights shall be automatically activated upon opening of the passenger doors or selection of the reverse gear function of the transmission. Lamps at the front and rear doors shall activate only when the doors open and shall illuminate the street surface to a level of no less than 1 foot-candle for a distance of three (3) feet outward from the lowest step tread edge. Two (2) flush mounted curb lights shall be Hella, model AS163FF, no. 90605C with 35 watt halogen bulbs and shall be provided on the curbside of the bus in close proximity of the front and drive wheels. The curb lights shall project lighting to the street surface and shall be activated with the opening of the passenger door(s) when the bus is operating in night run. These lights shall extinguish within fifteen (15) seconds after closing the passenger door (s) and shall only operate with the master switch in the nite-run position and the door circuit energized. The timer used to extinguish the curb lights shall be adjustable between zero (0) and thirty (30) seconds.


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Amber colored Dialight, L.E.D. turn signal lamps shall be provided on both the front and the rear of the bus. All lighting shall meet Federal standards (including amended 49 CFR Part 571 effective December 26, 1984). Side L.E.D. turn signal lamps shall be provided, three (3) per side. The front lights shall be forward of the front wheelwells, above the rub rail line and no higher than the wheelwell. One (1) light on each side shall be provided forward of the left and right rear wheelweels. The side signal lamps shall be of the armor protected type with unobstructed amber lenses. Dialight, flush mounted L.E.D. roof marker lights shall be provided at each end of the bus with amber front and red rear lenses being provided. Intermediate L.E.D. marker lamps with amber lenses shall be provided on each side of the roof line at the center of the bus. As Dialight does not offer LED roof marker lights required for the front of the RTS bus, LED lights manufactured by Doran, model 9134 are approved. Reflectors on the sides and the rear of the bus shall be provided. The front and center side reflectors shall be amber. The rear side and rear reflectors shall be red. The reflectors shall be permanently affixed to the bus, glue on or pressure sensitive mountings are not permitted. All clearance and marker lights shall be retained by a mechanical fastener. Snap in covers are not permitted. Headlights shall be long life halogen type. Headlights shall be adjusted to N.J. Motor Vehicle Standards. Day time running lights that are on whenever the transmission is in gear shall be provided and shall comply with all Federal and State regulations. Additionally, the headlights shall be illuminated whenever the windshield wipers are on. The rear license plate is to be illuminated with a sealed LED light. Dialight, L.E.D. stop lights shall be separate and independent from all other lighting systems. An additional “eye-level” stop lamp shall be mounted on the rear of the bus with its center on the vertical centerline of the bus. The lamp shall be mounted no more than seventy-two inches (72") above the road surface. The lamp shall be four inch round. The stop lamps shall be activated upon application of the service brakes, parking brake and retarder.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3.2 SERVICE AREA LIGHTING

A minimum of four (4) sealed lights shall be provided in the engine compartment and the front electrical box to generally illuminate the area for night emergency repairs or adjustments. The lights shall be controlled by a switch located near the rear start controls in the engine compartment. Necessary sealed lights, located in other service compartments, shall be provided with toggle switches on the light fixture or in a location convenient to the sealed light fixture.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3.3 PASSENGER INTERIOR LIGHTING – TRANSIT CONFIGURATION

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centered thirty-three inches (33") above the floor and twenty-four inches (24”) in front of the seat back at each seating position, except for the rear cross seat where the illumination may be decreased to seven (7) foot candles. The levels specified should not be substantially exceeded in order to avoid too high a level of illumination leading to dangerous windshield reflection. Illumination of the passenger area and advertising media shall be by direct lighting with U.S. standard single-pin (T-12) fluorescent tubes of a maximum six foot (6') length. Each tube shall be powered by an individual ballast with lamp current as required to meet the specified light levels. Power supplies shall be enclosed with fire proof material, installed to avoid overheating, and be readily accessible for servicing. Power supplies shall have self diagnostic capabilities, use arc safe technology and be inaudible with an operating frequency above 18,000 Hz, reverse polarity protection, automatic thermal protection, re-buildable and carry a full twelve (12) year warranty. When the RUN and NITE/RUN mode are selected, the forward-most light tubes on either side of the bus shall automatically extinguish when the front door is in the closed position and light when the door is opened to minimize operator's windshield glare from reflected light. To ensure long ballast and tube life, an extinguishing ballast shall be used to power each of these two (2) lights. Lighting fixtures shall be totally sealed to prevent accumulation of dust and insects but shall be easily openable for cleaning and service. The lenses shall be retained in a closed position by tamper proof devices with any fasteners being captive and requiring the same tool to open as other interior access panels. Access to equipment behind the lighting/advertising panels shall be provided where specified by way of integral access doors equipped with continuous hinges and secure latches. Floor surface in the aisle shall be illuminated to no less than 10 foot candles. Floor surface in the vestibule shall be illuminated to no less than 4 foot candles with the front door open and to no less than 2 foot candles with the front door closed. Fluorescent light fixtures shall be located above the side windows at or near the juncture of the bus ceiling and the sidewall and may be provided over the rear door. Fluorescent lighting shall not be installed above the operator's side window and the front door. Lamp fixtures and lenses shall be fire resistant and shall not drip flaming material onto seats or interior trim if burned. Fire retardancy shall meet or exceed FMVSS 302, ASTM-E162 Surface Flammability, Flame Spread Index F-5<150 and all applicable flammability standards of FTA recommendations per Docket 90 A. The lamp panel assembly shall exhibit no failures when distorted six inches (6") at opposite ends for a minimum of 1,000,000 cycles. Interchangeability of fluorescent lamps, sockets, power supplies, and lenses shall be maximized. A stepwell lighting system shall be illuminated when the master switch is in RUN and NITE/RUN, except the front stepwell lamps, which shall be extinguished when the doors are closed. The system shall provide no less than 2 foot candles of illumination on the entry and exit step treads with the doors open. These lights shall be shielded to protect passengers' eyes from glare. Light fixtures shall be totally enclosed, splash proof, designed to provide ease of cleaning as well as lamp and housing removal, and shall not be easily removable by passengers. Stepwell lights shall be protected from damage caused by passengers kicking lenses or fixtures and shall not be a hazard to passengers.

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The operator's area shall have a light to provide general illumination and it shall illuminate the half of the steering wheel nearest the operator to a level of 15 foot-candles. This light shall be controlled by a switch that is convenient to the operator.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3.5 OPERATOR CONTROLS

All switches and controls necessary for the operation of the bus shall be conveniently located in the operator's area and shall provide for ease of operation. These switches shall be of high quality toggle type design manufactured by Carling Switch, with an extended bat length shall be used for the hazard flasher. All Carling, toggle switches shall be 20 amp rated and manufactured with silver contact material, stainless steel bat and bushing material. The toggle switches shall be UL listed and capable of a minimum of 50,000 mechanical cycles and 10,000 electrical cycles. Switches located on the operator‟s left side console shall be located as shown in attachment 1. Switches and controls shall be essentially within the hand reach envelope described in SAE Recommended Practice J287, Driver Hand Control Reach. Controls shall be located so that boarding passengers may not easily tamper with control settings. All labeling of controls shall be permanent, decals shall not be accepted. All controls, knobs or buttons shall be clear of interference with the operators' elbows and arms. Accelerator and brake pedals shall be designed for ankle motion that reduces or minimizes fatigue. Foot surfaces of the pedals shall be faced with wear-resistant, nonskid, replaceable material. Pedal travel shall be limited by stops under the pedals. At least six (6") inches of slack shall be provided at the brake system actuating valve to provide ease of component replacement. In lieu of air line slack, the manufacturer may connect the air lines to a bulkhead connector that allows replacement of a short (less than 12”) section of the air lines between the brake valve and the bulkhead. The accelerator shall be designed so that at full throttle the pedal is at no less than a 28 degree angle with the floor. Controls for engine operation shall be closely grouped within the operator's compartment. These controls include separate master run switch and start switch or button. The master run switch shall be Electroswitch, part no. KW40-904B8-1 with boot. The run switch shall be a four-position rotary switch with the following functions: OFF - All electrical systems off, except power available for the passenger interior lighting, stop lights, turn lights, hazard lights, silent alarm, horn, auxiliary heater, fire suppression, and farebox. CL/ID - All electrical systems off including the engine, except those listed in OFF and power to radio and marker lights. RUN - All electrical systems including daytime running lights and engine on, except, parking lights, marker lights and destination sign lights. NITE/RUN - All electrical systems and engine on. The door control, kneel control, windshield wiper/washer controls, and run switch shall be in the most convenient operator locations. They shall be identifiable by shape, touch, and markings. Doors shall be operated by a single control, conveniently located and operable in a horizontal plane by the operator's left hand. The setting of this control shall be easily determined by position and touch. Turn signal controls shall be floor-mounted Cole-Hersee, type 7792, foot-controlled, waterproof, heavy-duty, momentary contact switches. The park/emergency


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brake control shall be provided to the immediate right of the operator‟s seat, located on the side console panel convenient to the operator. All switches and controls shall be marked with easily read identifiers. All controls that incorporate knobs shall have the knobs secured to the controls shaft by a set screw. Splined control shafts shall not be accepted. All panel-mounted switches and controls shall be replaceable, and the wiring at these controls shall be serviceable from the vestibule or the operator's seat. Switches, controls, and instruments shall be dust and water-resistant consistent with the bus washing practice described in Section 2.3.1. All required switches and controls are included in Figure II-5. A silent foot operated double pole switch (Cole-Hersee, 90030) shall be located near the operator's left foot. When activated, the "Emergency Call Police" sign shall be displayed on the front & side destination signs, as well as provide a signal to the mobile radio system. The bus shall be equipped with a high engine temperature, low coolant, low oil pressure and fire suppression override switch. This override switch shall be provided on the operator control panel to permit the operator to move the bus off the road. This switch shall be a spring loaded, momentary type design with a guarded cover.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3.6 INSTRUMENTATION

The speedometer, air pressure gauge(s), and all indicator lights shall be located on the front cowl immediately ahead of the steering wheel. The steering wheel spokes or rim shall not obstruct the operator's vision of the instruments when the steering wheel is in the straight-ahead position. Illumination of the instruments shall be simultaneous with the marker lamps. Glare or reflection in the windshield, side window, or front door windows from the instruments, indicators, or other controls shall be minimized. Instruments and indicators shall be easily read in direct sunlight. Indicator lights immediately in front of the operator shall include: High headlamp beam Right turn Left turn Hazard warning (may be common with turn signal indicators) Exit door open or unlocked Parking brake applied Service brakes applied (may be common with parking brake indicator). The instrument panel shall include a Dixon, VDO, electronic speedometer, indicating no less than 80 mph and calibrated in maximum increments of 5 mph. The speedometer shall be a rotating pointer type, with a dial deflection of 220o to 270o and 40 mph near the top of the dial. The speedometer shall be equipped with a digital odometer with a capacity reading no less than 999,999 miles. The speedometer shall be sized and accurate in accordance with SAE Recommended Practice J678. The speedometer signal shall be provided via an inductive pick up from the transmission. The use of a front wheel sensor is not permitted. The instrument panel shall also include air brake reservoir pressure gauge(s) with indicators for primary and secondary air tanks. The instrument panel and wiring shall be easily accessible for service from the operator's seat or top of the panel. Wiring shall have sufficient length and be routed to permit service without stretching or chafing the wires. A high quality, heavy duty S & A (Fleetwatch) hubodometer with ring guard shall be provided and shall be calibrated for the tire size installed on the bus. The hubodometer shall be installed on the right rear axle flange and shall be programmed with the Vehicle Number.


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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 7.3.7 ONBOARD DIAGNOSTICS

Critical systems or components shall be monitored with a built-in diagnostic system. This diagnostic system shall have visual and audible indicators. The diagnostic LED indicator lamp panel shall be located in clear sight of the operator but need not be immediately in front of him. The intensity of the LED indicator lamps shall permit easy determination of on/off status in bright sunlight but shall not cause a distraction or visibility problem at night. All diagnostic LED indicators shall be simultaneously tested by the activation of a single LED diagnostic bulb check circuit test switch. The LED indicators shall be protected by a clear lexan cover installed over the indicator assembly. Wherever possible, sensors shall be of the closed circuit type, so that failure of the circuit and/or sensor shall activate the malfunction indicator. An audible alarm shall sound when certain malfunctions are detected by the diagnostic system. The audible alarm shall be loud enough for the operator to be aware of its operation and to be inclined to discontinue operation of the bus. Malfunction and other indicators listed in Figure II-6 shall be supplied on all buses. Space shall be provided on the panel for future additions of no less than five (5) LED indicators as the capability of onboard diagnostic systems improves.

OPERATOR SWITCHES AND CONTROLS SWITCHES Master run switch Start button or switch Kneel switch Turn signal switch(s) High beam switch Interior lighting switch Instrument panel lighting intensity control Passenger chime switch Operator's area light switch Operator's HVAC toggle switch Farebox light switch (incorporated with master switch - nite run) Hazard warning switch Horn button in steering wheel hub, protected to preclude accumulation of transfer punches in steering wheel hub (no identifier required) Mirror defrost switch (incorporated with defroster switch) Fast idle switch Diagnostic light panel test switch Engine override, guarded Stop request cancel switch Destination sign controls including on/off switch Kneeler disable switch CONTROLS Accelerator pedal Brake pedal Door control Windshield wipers, wiper intermittent control, windshield washers


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Interior HVAC control unit Defroster control Operator's heater control Parking/emergency brake control (actuation of brake shall be indicated to the operator) Transmission control Front door air release valve Public address system controls Destination sign controls Wheelchair lift control Fire suppression system control panel Power mirror(s) adjustment pad ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC INDICATORS LABEL Left Turn VISIBLE INDICATOR Left turn signal indicator* FUNCTION Operated by the left floor switch in front of operator's seat. Indicates left turn signal is operating. Operates when brakes/retarder applied and brake lights are on. are

Stop Light

Brake lights on

High Beam

High beam indicator

Operated by the floor dimmer switch. Indicates headlight high beams are on. Energized by a push tape in the passenger area. Light goes off when bus stops and door opens. Operated by the

Stop Request

Stop requested

Right Turn right floor switch in front of the is

Right turn signal indicator*

operator's seat. Indicates right turn signal operating. Engine Stop Engine Low Water Check engine Stop engine Engine coolant level low Indicates the need to check the engine. Indicates the need to stop the engine. Indicates bus engine coolant level is too low. An alarm shall sound warning the operator. Indicates bus engine coolant temperature is too high. An alarm shall sound warning the operator. Engine oil pressure low indicates low oil pressure in the bus engine. An alarm shall sound warning the operator.

Hot Engine

Hot engine

Low Engine Oil Pressure

Low oil pressure


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Trans. Oil Hot

Transmission oil temperature

Indicates transmission oil temperature is too high. An alarm shall sound warning the operator. Transmission ECU. malfunction detected by

Check Trans

Transmission malfunction

Low Trans.

Transmission fluid level low

Indicates bus transmission fluid level is too low. Low fluid level light may be activated by low pressure. Indicates brake system air pressure below manufacturer's recommended safe operation level. An alarm shall sound warning the operator. Indicates high temperature or possible engine compartment fire in the bus engine. An alarm shall sound warning the

Low Air

Brake air pressure low

Fire Suppression Alarm operator. Battery Not Chrg.

High engine compartment temperature

Battery discharging

Comes on briefly while starting, shall go out when engine starts. If on, it indicates the batteries are not being charged. Comes on indicating an air conditioning malfunction. Indicates parking brake is applied or that air pressure is too low to release the brake. Comes on when kneeling feature is activated. Indicates system malfunction. self check and

A/C Stop

A/C operation light

Parking Brake On

Parking brake on**


Kneeling symbol

Antilock Condition

ABS symbol

Lift Request Indicator Seat Alarm parking Indicator Lift Deploy


Indicates stop request by W/C passenger.

Echo Back-up alarm

Activates when operator leaves seat with brake not applied.

Lift not stowed

Indicates lift has not fully stowed – interlock not released.

* = When hazard lights are on, left and right turn signal indicators shall flash. ** = When parking brake is applied, the "Parking Brake On" indicator shall flash.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 12/20/2009

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The interior shall be generally pleasing, simple, modern, and free from superficial design motifs. The interior shall have no sharp depressions or inaccessible areas and shall be easy to clean and maintain. To the extent practicable, all interior surfaces more than 10 inches below the lower edge of the side windows or windshield shall be shaped so that objects placed on them fall to the floor when the bus is parked on a level surface. The entire interior shall be cleanable with a hose, using a liquid soap attachment. Water and soap should not normally be sprayed directly on the instrument and switch panels. Handholds, lights, air vents, armrests, and other interior fittings shall appear to be integral with the bus interior. There shall be no sharp, abrasive edges and surfaces and no unnecessary hazardous protuberances. All plastic and synthetic materials used inside the bus shall be fire-resistant. Materials shall be selected on the basis of maintenance, durability, appearance, safety, flammability, and tactile qualities. Trim and attachment details shall be kept simple and unobtrusive. Materials shall be strong enough to resist everyday abuse and vandalism and they shall be resistant to scratches and markings. Interior trim shall be secured to avoid resonant vibrations under normal operational conditions.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.2 TRIM PANELS

The operator's barrier shall be textured vacuum formed plastic or constructed of a matte black laminate and shall permit easy removal of paint, greasy fingerprints, and ink from felt tip pens. The right side of the operator shall be protected by a wrap around shield made of ½ inch clear Lexan. Interior side trim panels shall be comparable to Nevamar ARP Plus, MXT 002T and shall be easily replaceable and tamper resistant. Interior mullion trim shall be Nevamar ARP Plus, MXT 002T or DKE in greystone. Molding, and trim strips shall be plastic, textured stainless steel, or anodized aluminum. Individual trim panels and parts shall be interchangeable to the extent practicable. Untrimmed areas shall be painted and finished to the quality described in Section Interior side panel trim on the buses shall be comparable to Nevamar ARP Plus, MXT 002T.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.3 HEADLINING

Ceiling panels shall be 1/8 inch thick material comparable to Pionite, SC254 suede ash gray. Headlining shall be supported to prevent buckling, drumming, or flexing and shall be secured without loose edges. Headlining materials shall be treated or insulated to prevent marks due to condensation where panels are in contact with metal members. Molding and trim strips, as required to make the edges tamper proof, shall be stainless steel, aluminum, or plastic, colored to compliment the ceiling material. Headlining panels covering operational equipment that is mounted above the ceiling shall be on hinges for ease of service but retained to prevent inadvertent opening.

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The entire front end of the bus shall be sealed to prevent debris accumulation behind the dash and to prevent the operator from kicking or fouling wiring and other equipment with his/her feet. The front end shall be free of protrusions that are hazardous to passengers standing or walking in the front of the bus during rapid decelerations. Paneling across the front of the bus and any trim around the operator's compartment shall be formed metal or plastic material. Formed metal dash panels shall be painted and finished to exterior quality. Plastic dash panels shall be reinforced, as necessary, vandal-resistant, and replaceable. All colored, painted, and plated parts forward of the operator's barrier shall be finished with a dull matte surface. Colors shall match or coordinate with the balance of the bus interior.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.5 REAR BULKHEAD

The rear bulkhead shall be covered with a Nevamar ARP Plus, MXT 002T or DKE in greystone.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.6 PASSENGER INFORMATION AND ADVERTISING

Provisions shall be made on the rear of the operator's barrier and the rear of the bus, for a frame, to retain information sized fourteen inches (14") high and twenty inches (20") wide, such as routes and schedules changes.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.7 8.7.1 PASSENGER SEATS ARRANGEMENTS

Passenger seats shall be arranged in a transverse, forward facing configuration. Longitudinal seats may be used over wheelhouses and where needed to provide adequate aisle space for mobility devices to traverse to the wheelchair securement area. Transit model bus seats shall be American Seating Model 6466, (wall or pedestal mount). Hip-to-knee room, measured from the front of one seat back cushion horizontally across the highest part of the seat cushion to the seat or panel immediately in front on all configurations, shall be no less than twenty-nine inches (29") at all seating positions in paired transverse seats. Foot room, measured at the floor forward from a point vertically below the front of the seat cushion, shall be no less than 14 inches. Each transverse, forward facing seat, except the rear seats, shall accommodate two adult passengers. Thickness of the transverse seat backs shall be minimized to increase passenger knee room and bus seating capacity. The area between the longitudinal seat backs and the attachment to the bus side walls shall be designed to prevent debris accumulation. The aisle between the seats shall be no less than 20 inches wide at seated passenger hip height. Seat backs shall be shaped to increase this dimension to no less than 24 inches at standing passenger hip height.

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The passenger seat frame and its supporting structure shall be constructed and mounted so that space under the seat is maximized to facilitate cleaning. If mounted on pins to the sidewall, the seat frame material shall be of similar hardness as the pin to eliminate the pin eroding the frame material. The lowest part of the seat assembly that is within twelve (12") inches of the aisle shall be at least 10 inches above the floor. The underside of the seat and the sidewall shall be configured to prevent debris accumulation and the transition from the seat underside to the bus sidewall to the floor cove radius shall be smooth. All transverse objects, including seat backs, modesty panels, and longitudinal seats, in front of forward facing seats shall not impart a compressive load in excess of 1,000 pounds onto the femur of passengers ranging in size from a 5th-percentile female of a 95th-percentile male during a 10 g deceleration of the bus. This deceleration shall peak at 0.05 +/- 0.015 seconds from initiation. Permanent deformation of the seat resulting from two 95th-percentile males striking the seat back during this 10 g deceleration shall not exceed two inches (2"), measured at the aisle side of the seat. Structural failure of any part of the seat or sidewall shall not introduce a laceration hazard. The seat assembly shall withstand static vertical forces of 500 pounds applied to the top of the seat cushion in each seating position with less than ¼-inch permanent deformation in the seat or its mountings. The seat assembly shall withstand static horizontal forces of 500 pounds evenly distributed along the top of the seat back with less than ¼-inch permanent deformation in the seat or its mountings. The seat backs at the aisle position and at the window position shall withstand repeated impacts of two 40-pound sandbags without visible deterioration. One sandbag shall strike the front 40,000 times and the other sandbag shall strike the rear 40,000 times. Each sandbag shall be suspended on a 36-inch pendulum and shall strike the seat back 10,000 times each from distances of 6, 8, 10, and twelve (12") inches. Seats at both seating positions shall withstand 4,000 vertical drops of a 40-pound sandbag without visible deterioration. The sandbag shall be dropped 1,000 times each from heights of 6, 8, 10, and twelve (12") inches. Seat cushions shall withstand 100,000 randomly positioned 3½-inch drops of a squirming, 150-pound, smooth surfaced, buttocks shape striker with only minimal wear on the seat covering. The back of each transverse seat shall incorporate a handhold no less than 7/8 inches in diameter for standees and seat access/egress. The handhold shall not be a safety hazard during severe decelerations. The handhold shall extend above the seat back near the aisle so that standees shall have a convenient vertical assist, no less than four inches (4") long that may be grasped with the full hand. This handhold shall not cause a standee using this assist to interfere with a seated 50th-percentile male passenger. The handhold shall also be usable by a 5th-percentile female, as well as by larger passengers, to assist with seat access/egress for either transverse seating position. Longitudinal seats shall be manufactured with one piece back and bottom cushions and shall be installed over wheelwells and shall also be used to accommodate wheelchair securements. Longitudinal seats shall be the same general design as transverse seats but without seat back handholds. Longitudinal and wheelhouse seating, except flip-up seats, shall have trim closeouts sealing the seat back area to the bus interior wall. Armrests shall be included on the ends of each set of longitudinal seats except on the forward end of a seat set that is immediately to the rear of a transverse seat, the operator's barrier or a modesty panel and these fixtures perform the function of restraining passengers from sliding forward off the seat. Armrests are not required on longitudinal seats located in the securement area that fold up when the armrest on the adjacent fixed longitudinal seat is within 1½ to 3½ inches of the end of the seat cushion. Armrests shall be located from 7 to 9 inches above the seat cushion surface. The area between the armrest and the seat cushion shall be closed by a barrier or panel and shall be constructed and trimmed to complement the modesty panels. The top and sides of the armrests shall have a minimum width of two inches (2") and shall be free from sharp protrusions that form a safety hazard.


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Seat back handholds and armrests shall withstand static horizontal and vertical forces of 250 pounds applied anywhere along their length with less than ¼-inch permanent deformation. Seat back handholds and armrests shall withstand 25,000 impacts in each direction of a horizontal force of 135 pounds with less than ¼-inch permanent deformation and without visible deterioration.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.7.3 CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS

The two passenger transverse seat cushion shall be 36 inches wide, 24 inches overall front to back and 18 inches in seat depth. Transverse seats shall have a hip-to-knee room dimension no less than twenty nine inches (29") at all seating positions in paired transverse seats immediately behind other transverse seats. The design of the seat shall provide optimum comfort for the passenger. The seat is designed to minimize injuries in bus crashes by providing strong seats and seat anchorages, padding in vulnerable hit areas, providing a seat back that shall deflect in a controlled manner to absorb and moderate the energy imparted to the occupant. Seat assemblies and components of identical seats shall be mechanically interchangeable. The rearmost seat shall provide seating accommodations for five passengers and shall have individual cushions and back rests. Transverse seats shall be cushioned seats with individual seats and backs. The seat frame structure shall be carbon steel tubing. The wall side of the frame structure shall be provided with heavy gauge steel mounting brackets for attachment to the bus wall track. If mounted on pins to the sidewall, the seat frame material shall be of similar hardness as the pin to eliminate the pin eroding the frame material. The supporting structure shall be constructed and mounted in such a manner that the work of bus dusting and cleaning is reduced to a minimum. Special attention shall be given to elimination of dirt-catching pockets. The seat shall have a passenger assist hand grip which shall be upswept on the aisle end to provide a vertical hand hold for the standing passengers. The handgrip shall be constructed of a structure covered with an approved energy-absorbing material. The overall design of the handgrip shall be aesthetically pleasing and enhance the general appearance of the seat and shall be designed to eliminate passengers hitting their hips on the handgrip. The grab handle shall be free of vandal-prone surface coating. Crash pads shall be required for upper rear area of the seat back. The crash pads shall be flexible energy-absorbing "bubble" integrally molded into the high strength back panel and extending rearward from the top of the seat back. Crash pads shall be tamper proof and durable to minimize vandalism. Passenger head protection shall be built integrally into the seat. The energy absorption capability of the seat back shall provide head protection without the use of separate pads. Seat back pads shall be separate from the seat cushions and shall be individual passenger type contoured for occupant conform and retention. The foam padding shall be polyurethane attached to a rigid inner panel and shall incorporate an easily removable cover. Back pads shall be securely fastened, firmly supported and readily removable without the use of special tools. Seat cushions shall be supported by a support system that utilizes serpentine springs and shall be interchangeable with all other seat cushions of identical seats and shall be appropriately attached to the frame with snap fasteners. The support system shall be designed to prevent cushioning breakdown and to uniformly support the cushion. The foam in the cushion shall have a sufficient density to ensure that the passenger does not sink below the side frame of the seat. Seat construction shall be such that removability of the seat cushion can be accomplished without the necessity of removing the back pad. Back pad construction shall also allow for quick removal without interrupting the individual cushion component. Attachment of the cushions and


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pads shall have the capability to allow for easy replacement in a manner to minimize tampering and vandalism. The back panel and trim panels shall be made of high impact strength thermoplastic of 1/8 inch nominal thickness and of approved color and texture. The approved color is American Seating‟s Gray #980. The back panel with the integral molded crash pad shall cover the rear of the seat back frame and shall be free of sharp corners and protrusions. The knee area shall be recessed for increased passenger knee clearance. Coloring shall be consistent throughout the thickness of the material with no portion painted. Armrests on the longitudinal seats shall be made of high-impact strength thermoplastic covered with the seat covering material without padding. Seat covering shall be Holdsworth fabric No. BBR 22779. Seat covering weight shall be 24 ounces/square yard. Overall composition shall be 54% wool, 9% nylon and 37% cotton. Pile composition shall be 85% wool and 15% nylon. Back composition shall be 100% cotton. Abrasion from a 28 ounce loading shall not affect appearance with 100,000 rubs. The stripe shall be applied horizontally and a latex backing is required. The rear settee cushion shall be held by a vertical member attached to the settee framing that shall positive retention of the seat cushion even if all hinges should fail at once. The rear settee shall be mounted to the engine firewall by a set of hinges on the center three seatbacks. These hinges shall permit the lifting of the entire settee to provide clear access to the engine compartment. There shall be sufficient access hatches to provide easy access for such repair activities as starter replacement or engine turbocharger. Provision shall be made to hold the settee in the raised position with prop rods.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.8 8.8.1 OPERATOR'S SEAT DIMENSIONS

The operator‟s seat shall be a Recaro Ergo Metro. The operator's seat shall be adjustable and shall have up to 9.45 inches of adjustment fore and aft direction. The seat back and cushion shall be adjustable. The seat shall have cushion depth adjustment, height adjustment (5.5 inches maximum), seatback adjustment, rear cushion adjustment and lumbar adjustment so that operators ranging in size from the 98th percentile male to the 5th percentile female may operate the bus. The suspension control shall be ergonomically designed so that the operator can adjust the seat without looking. The suspension height adjustment and lumbar switches shall be operated with a rocker switch, no rotating knobs are acceptable. The seat suspension shall be capable of dampening varying frequencies that are transmitted through the vehicle caused by varying road conditions. The seat shall be cushioned by a dual shock absorber design. One shock shall be adjustable to allow the operator to control the ride settings. A rubber bumper is required to prevent bottoming out of the seat. A rubber boot shall be provided to cover the suspension to eliminate the potential for pinching. All air lines are to be 1/4 inch diameter and have a quick disconnect at the back of the seat. The suspension shall have a minimum of 15 degrees of seat cushion tilt (rake adjustment). The rake adjustment shall be dual-sided and be accomplished without leaving the seat. The seat cushion shall adjust from 18-20 inches for varying size operators. Double locking seat tracks with stainless steel bearings shall be provided. The seat tracks shall be located below the seat cushion and above the pneumatic suspension to enhance track durability and improve rearward travel. The seat shall come equipped with an air track release and a manual center release. All controls are to be on the right-hand side of the seat.


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The seat shall be equipped with manual dual recliner gears. The seat back shall be adjustable with dual sided hand controls and include a 24.5 degree recline stop. Recline stop is to prevent the seat from interfering with the operator‟s barrier. The seat back shall be infinitely adjustable from 0 to 114.5 degrees. The seat back shall come with a full protective plastic back shell. The back structure shall be constructed of steel and include a one piece stamped steel shell. The seat back shall be ergonomically designed and adjustable to provide exactly the right support to match the S-shaped curve of the operators back. The seat back foam shall be fully supported, no wires or spring support is to be provided. Solid steel bolster adjustment supports are required to provide strong lateral supports. Lateral supports shall help hold the operator in place and reduce muscle fatigue while driving. The seat cushion shall be adjustable in length and rake to accommodate operators of various heights. The seat cushion shall have a two (2”) inch extension for taller operators. To accommodate shorter operators, the front of the seat cushion shall rake back and retract. A three cell air lumbar with right hand controls shall be provided for lower back support. Each air bag shall be individually controlled. Switch design and layout shall be positioned so that the operator can adjust without looking. A four way adjustable headrest with six position vertical adjustment shall be provided. The seat shall be provided with a seventy-two (72”) inch seat belt that is stored in plastic anti-cinch automatic retractors mounted on the left side of the seat. The seat belt buckle shall be located on the right hand side of the seat for easy access.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.8.2 STRUCTURE AND DESIGN

The operator‟s seat cushion shall be made of polyurethane foam. The foam shall be constructed to provide lateral support to provide better operator stability in curves and turns. All exposed metal on the operator's seat, including the pedestal, shall be unpainted aluminum or stainless steel. Required seat belts shall be fastened to the seat so that the seat may be adjusted by the operator without resetting the seat belt. Seat belts shall be stored in automatic, inertia locking type retractors that do not tighten up during operation. The retractor shall be located to the left of the operator; the latch mechanism shall be located on the right. The seat belt shall be designed to allow the operator to "set" the tension on the belt. The belt shall be designed to not creep, making the belt tighter or loose.

Operator's seat shall be covered in Holdsworth fabric No. BBR 22779,. Seat covering weight shall be 24 ounces/square yard. Overall composition shall be 54% wool, 9% nylon and 37% cotton. Pile composition shall be 85% wool and 15% nylon. Back composition shall be 100% cotton. Seat cushions shall withstand 100,000 randomly positioned 3-1/2 inch drops of a squirming, 150 pound, smooth surfaced, buttocksshaped striker with only minimal wear on the seat covering. An I/O Controls seat alarm system shall be provided in the bus. The alarm sensor shall set off an Echo Backup Alarm, part number 7G-8519/Model 360, located in the operators area if the operator leaves the seat with the emergency brake off. The alarm shall work in all master switch and transmission positions. EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.9 8.9.1 FLOOR COVERING VESTIBULE


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The floor in the vestibule shall be covered with Altro Transflor, slip resistant sheet vinyl flooring. The floor covering shall contain aluminum oxide and quartz crystals mixed throughout the entire thickness of the material with silicone carbide on the surface and a fiberglass mesh on the back. Floor covering shall be Altro Gene TFCR 2703,. The floor covering shall remain effective in all weather conditions. The floor covering as well as transitions of floor material to the main floor and to the stepwell area, shall be smooth and present no tripping hazards. The standee line shall be two inches (2") wide and shall extend across the bus aisle in line with the operator's barrier. This line shall be the same color as the edge of the steps.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.9.2 OPERATOR'S COMPARTMENT

The floor in the operator's compartment shall be easily cleaned and shall be arranged to prevent debris accumulation and designed to drain snow, ice and water toward the aisle. Color of the operator's floor covering shall be coordinated with the vestibule.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 8.9.3 PASSENGER AREA

The floor covering in the passenger area shall be the same material, dimensions and color specified for the vestibule. Flooring shall be installed to minimize the quantity of seams and a one piece center strip shall extend from the rear seat between the aisle sides of transverse seats to the standee line. The flooring under the seats shall closely fit the sidewall cove or extend to the top of the cover.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ WINDOWS 9.1 9.1.1 OPERATOR'S WINDOWS WINDSHIELD

The windshield shall permit an operator's field of view as referenced in SAE Recommended Practice J1050. The vertically upward view shall be a minimum of 15 degrees, measured above the horizontal and excluding any shaded band. The vertically downward view shall permit detection of an object 3½ feet high no more than 2 feet in front of the bus. The horizontal view shall be a minimum of 90 degrees about the line of sight. Any binocular obscuration due to a center divider may be ignored when determining the 90 degrees requirement provided that the divider does not exceed a 3 degree angle in the operator's field of view. Windshield pillars shall not exceed 10 degrees of binocular obscuration. The windshield shall be designed and installed to minimize external glare as well as reflections from inside the bus. When the bus is operated at night with the passenger interior lighting on, essentially no reflections shall be visible in the windshield immediately forward of the operator's barrier. Reflections in the remainder of the windshield shall be minimized, and no reflection of any part of the bus interior behind the operator's barrier shall be visible in the windshields. The windshield shall be easily replaceable by removing zip-locks from the windshield retaining moldings. Bonded-in-place windshields shall not be used. The glazing material shall have single density tint. The upper portion of the windshield above the operator's field of view shall have a dark, shaded bank with a minimum luminous transmittance of 6 per cent when tested in accordance to ASTM D-1003.

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The forward section of the operator's side window shall open. This window section shall slide rearward in tracks or channels designed to last the service life of the bus accepting normal wear and tear. The side window sliding portion shall be provided with an inside handle. The operator's side window assembly shall not be bonded in place and shall be easily replaceable. The glazing material shall have a single density tint. Extra care shall be taken to eliminate water from entering through the operator‟s window particularly upon deceleration. This shall include a gutter over the operator‟s window or a dam on the roof.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 9.2 9.2.1 SIDE WINDOWS DIMENSIONS

Side windows shall extend from the shoulder height of a 5th-percentile, seated, female passenger to the eye level of a 50th-percentile, standing male passenger. Vertical mullions between windows including the trim shall not exceed seven inches (7") in width. All side windows except the first one on each side and the rear most fixed window on each side shall meet the emergency escape requirements. All side windows shall be easily replaceable without disturbing adjacent windows and shall be mounted so that flexing or vibration from engine operation or normal road excitation is not apparent. Windows shall have openable transom inserts hinged on the bottom and latched on top that open inward. Latches, made of a sturdy metal, shall retain the windows in the closed position to prevent the windows from opening or closing during bus acceleration and deceleration. The latches shall be interchangeable. The latch matching parts shall be made of materials of similar hardness. This prevents the sacrifice of one half of the latch assembly to the other. Windows shall be installed on the bus with minimum damage/scratches to the window frame anodized surface. Deep gouges into the frame of any length shall cause immediate rejection and replacement of the window/frame assembly. Scratches that are accepted below one inch (1") shall be repaired by resurfacing the entire aluminum extrusion. Spray paint touch ups are not permitted. An opening in the rear of the bus shall be provided to accommodate a cyclone cleaner. Two openable rear windows each with a prop rod shall be provided so that the window cannot be accidentally closed during the cleaning operation. Minimum size of this opening shall be sixty (60) square inches.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 9.2.2 MATERIALS

Side window glazing material shall have a - ¼ inch nominal thickness. The material shall conform with the requirements of ANSI Z26.1-1977 Standard for Type AS-5 Safety Glazing Materials except for Test Number 17 which shall subject the specimens to 1000 cycles and the arithmetic mean of the percentages of light scattered shall not exceed 5 per cent. Windows shall be an abrasion resistant cell cast acrylic sheet coated with Almacoat 2000 on both sides of the window applied under license by Laird Plastic, under the Almacoat 2000 process. The maximum solar energy transmittance shall not exceed 27 per cent, as measured by ASTM-E424, and the luminous transmittance shall be no less than 16 per cent as measured by ASTM D-1003. Glazing shall be manufactured for compliance with Federal Specification L-P-391D. Windows over the destination signs shall be tempered glass. Plastic glazing is exempt from the


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interior trim flammability requirement of Section 2.3.1. All glazing shall be indelibly marked with the manufacturer's name, type of material, and AS rating.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ INSULATION 10.1 10.1.1 MATERIAL PROPERTIES

Any insulation material used between the inner and outer panels shall be fire-resistant and sealed to minimize entry of moisture and to prevent its retention in sufficient quantities to impair insulation properties. Insulation properties shall be unimpaired by vibration compacting or settling during the life of the bus. The insulation material shall be non-hygroscopic and resistant to fungus and breeding of insects. Any insulation material used inside the engine compartment shall be fire-resistant and shall not absorb or retain oils or water.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 10.2 10.2.1 PERFORMANCE THERMAL INSULATION

The combination of inner and outer panels on the sides, roof, and ends of the bus, and any material used between these panels shall provide a thermal insulation sufficient to meet the interior temperature requirements of Part II: Technical Specifications. The bus body shall be thoroughly sealed so that drafts cannot be felt by the operator or passengers during normal operations with the passenger doors closed.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 10.2.2 SOUND INSULATION

The combination of inner and outer panels and any material used between them shall provide sufficient sound insulation so that a sound source with a level of 80 dBA (+ or – 2) measured at the outside skin of the bus shall have a sound level of 65 dBA (+ or – 2) or less at any point inside the bus. These conditions shall prevail with all openings, including doors and windows, closed and with the engine and accessories switched off. The bus generated noise level experienced by a passenger at any seat location in the bus shall not exceed 83 dBA and the operator shall not experience a noise level of more than 75 dBA under the following test conditions. The bus shall be empty except for test personnel, not to exceed 4 persons, and the test equipment. All openings shall be closed and all accessories shall be operating during the test. The bus shall accelerate at full throttle from a standstill to 35 mph on level commercial asphalt or concrete pavement in an area free of large reflecting surfaces within 50 feet of the bus path. During the test, the ambient noise level in the test area shall be at least 10 dB lower than the bus under test. Instrumentation and other general requirements shall conform to SAE Standard J366. If the noise contains an audible discrete frequency, a penalty of 5 dBA shall be added to the sound level measured.



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Special design consideration shall be given to insulation in the area above the engine compartment. Fire retardant sound insulation (Docket 90 compliant) shall be applied to all bulkheads separating the drivetrain from the passenger area to reduce engine noise and to provide temperatures consistent with the remainder of the bus, consistent with Section 3.7 of the Technical Specifications. Seat cushions and seat backs to be suitably insulated to prevent elevated temperature of the seat itself and no cushion shall be measurably hotter as compared to any other seat in the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ ANCILLARY FEATURES 11.1 11.1.1 OPERATOR'S AREA DASH PANELS

To the extent practicable, areas that are visible from outside the bus in the vicinity of the dash panel and cowl shall be configured to preclude use for storage of items. To the maximum extent practicable, the dash shall be designed to incorporate fare collection equipment but not hinder removal of the money receiver.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.1.2 SUN SHADES

Three (3) adjustable Silent Gliss, sun shades shall be provided for the operator's side window and both sides of the windshield. The sun shades shall be shaped to minimize light leakage between the visors and windshield pillars. Sun shades shall store out of the way and shall not obstruct airflow from the climate control system or foul other equipment such as the radio handset or the destination sign control. Deployment of the sun shades shall not restrict vision of the rear view mirrors. Sun shade adjustments shall be made easily by hand with positive locking and releasing devices and shall not be subject to damage. Sun shade construction and materials shall be strong enough to resist breakage during adjustments. Sun shades shall not allow a visible light transmittance in excess of ten percent (10%). The sun shades, when deployed, shall be effective in the operator's field of view at angles more than 5o above the horizontal.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.2 EXIT SIGNAL

A passenger chime signal audible to the operator and to passengers anywhere inside the bus shall be provided even when the HVAC system is operating at the highest speed. The chime shall have tape switches that are convenient to seated passengers, standees, and passengers standing at the rear door. Standees shall be able to easily reach the chime signal located near the passenger interior lighting fixtures. Tape switches shall be provided on all vertical window mullions and on each exit door post forward and aft, for the convenience of seated passengers and passengers at the rear door. An operator controlled toggle switch shall deactivate the chime system. The system shall provide single chime activation and shall reset once the entrance or exit doors are cycled. The stop request sign shall be provided and illuminate when the passenger chime is selected and extinguishes when the doors are cycled. The wires


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supplying power to the exit signal shall not be routed through mullions or other structural members, unless grommets are provided at all contact points. Lever type exit signal actuators shall be provided at each wheelchair flip seat location with a separate stop request indicator located on the operator‟s dash.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.3 OPERATORS STORAGE

A double prong hook shall be provided for the operators' coat in the operator's area with a retention strap. A storage locker shall be provided and located forward of the curb side front longitudinal seat.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.4 11.4.1 MIRRORS OUTSIDE MIRRORS

The buses shall be equipped with a corrosion resistant, heated, remote controlled outside rear view mirrors on each side of the bus manufactured by B&R Industries, Model #910 (curbside) and 910(streetside) with a five (5”) inch convex mirror added to view the front of the bus. The curbside mirror shall have four (4) inch convex spot mirror and stainless steel mounting arm added to the lower side of the mirror housing. The streetside mirror shall have a four (4) inch convex spot mirror permanently attached to the upper left hand corner of the flat mirror glass with RTV sealant. Mirrors shall be flat with minimum overall dimensions of six (6”) inches by twelve (12) inches. Mirrors shall permit the operator to view the highway along both sides of the bus, including the rear wheels. Mirrors shall be firmly attached to the bus to prevent vibration and loss of adjustment, but not so firmly attached that the bus or its structure is damaged when the mirror is struck in an accident. The right side rearview mirror shall be mounted so that its lower edge is no less than seventy-two (72) inches above the street surface. The position of both mirrors shall be controlled electrically from the operator‟s seat. The flat mirror on both sides of the bus shall be heated and thermostatically controlled for operation below 65 degrees Fahrenheit (65F) ambient temperatures. The left side mirror shall be at least 63½ inches above the street surface. Both the flat and convex mirrors shall be interchangeable between right and left side mirror heads. Mirrors shall retract or fold sufficiently to allow bus washing operations with out damage to the arm. Mirrors shall have a rubber or plastic stopper or shield to prevent direct contact between the mirror frame and the body and the curbside mirror shall have a detent locking mechanism. The electrical connection between the mirror and the bus electrical system shall have waterproof quick disconnect (Cannon Sure-Seal) to allow for quick servicing of mirrors. The operators mirror control switch shall control both mirrors and come with a pigtail to connect switch to the wire harness of both remote mirrors. Mirror control membrane switch shall be a B&R MFG. dual control, Part #515.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.4.2 INSIDE MIRRORS

Mirrors shall be provided for the operator to observe passengers throughout the bus without leaving the seat and without shoulder movement. To the extent practicable, with a full standee-load, including standees in the vestibule, he/she shall be able to observe passengers in the front and rear stepwells, anywhere in the aisle, and in the rear seats. Inside mirrors shall not be in the line of sight to the right outside mirror.

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11.5 11.5.1


Passenger assists in the form of full grip, vertical stanchions or handholds shall be provided for the safety of standees and for ingress/egress. Passenger assists shall be convenient in location, shape, and size for both the 95th-percentile male and the 5th-percentile female standee. Starting from the entrance door and moving anywhere in the bus and out the exit door, a vertical assist shall be provided either as the vertical portion of seat back assist (see Section or as a separate item so that a 5th-percentile female passenger may easily move from one assist to another using one hand and the other without losing support. Excluding those mounted on the seats and doors, the assists shall be between 1¼ and 1½ inches in diameter or width with radii no less than ¼ inch. All passenger assists shall permit full handgrip with no less than 1½ inches of knuckle clearance around the assist. Cast stanchion clamps are required on the vertical stanchion from floor to ceiling on the operator‟s barrier. A crash resulting in a 1-foot intrusion shall not produce sharp edges, loose rails, or other potentially dangerous conditions associated with a lack of structural integrity of the assist. Any joints in the assist structure shall be underneath supporting brackets and securely clamped to prevent passengers from moving or twisting the assists. All areas of the passenger assists shall be of anodized aluminum or stainless steel. Assists shall withstand a force of 300 pounds applied over a 12-inch linear dimension in any direction normal to the assist without permanent visible deformation. Brackets, clamps, screw heads, and other fasteners used on the passenger assists shall be free of rough edges.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.5.2 FRONT DOORWAY

Front doors, or the entry area, shall be fitted with assists no less than 3/4 inch in width. Assists shall be as far outward as practicable, but shall be no further than six inches (6") from the outside edge of lower step tread and shall be easily grasped by a 5th-percentile female boarding from street level. Door assists shall be functionally continuous with the horizontal front passenger assist and the vertical assist on the front modesty panel.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.5.3 VESTIBULE

The aisle of the operator's barrier and the modesty panels shall be fitted with vertical passenger assists that are functionally continuous with the overhead assists that extend to within thirty-six (36) inches of the floor. These assists shall have sufficient clearance from the barrier to prevent inadvertent wedging of a passenger's arm. A horizontal passenger assist shall be located in the front of the bus adjacent to the operator's area. The horizontal passenger assist maximum height shall be no more than forty-three inches (43"). The horizontal passenger assist shall prevent passengers from sustaining injuries on the fare collection system or the windshield in the event of a sudden deceleration. Without restricting the vestibule space and the egress (minimum ten (10”) inches) into the operator's area, the assist shall provide support for a boarding passenger from the front door through the fare collection procedure. Passengers shall be able to lean against the assist while paying fares.


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The assist shall not, in any way, hamper passengers inserting media (i.e.; passes, tickets, coins, bills) into the fare collection system or hamper access to either the register or farebox. There shall be a 1½ inch clear area between the horizontal passenger assist and all surfaces of the fare collection system. The assists at the front of the bus shall be arranged to permit a 5th percentile female passenger to easily reach from the front door assist to the horizontal assist, then to the vertical assist.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.5.4 OVERHEAD

Except forward of the standee line and at the rear door, a continuous, full grip, overhead assist shall be provided. This assist shall be convenient to standees anywhere in the bus and shall be located over the center of the aisle seating position of the transverse seats. The assist shall be no less than 70 inches above the floor. Overhead assists shall simultaneously support 150 pounds on any 12-inch length. No more than five per cent (5%) of the full grip feature shall be lost due to assist supports.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.5.5 LONGITUDINAL SEATS

Fixed longitudinal seats shall have vertical assists located between every other designated seating position. Assists shall extend from near the leading edge of the seat and shall be functionally continuous with the overhead assist. Assists shall be staggered across the aisle from each other where practicable and shall be no more that fifty-two inches (52") apart.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 11.5.6 REAR DOORWAY

Vertical assists that are functionally continuous with the overhead assist and shall be provided at the aisle side of the transverse seat immediately forward of the rear door and on the aisle side of the rear door modesty panel. Rear doors, or the exit area, shall be fitted with assists no less than 3/4 inch in width and shall provide at least 1½ inches of knuckle clearance between the assists and their mounting. A 5th-percentile female shall be provided assists that are functionally continuous during the entire exiting process, and the assists shall be no more than six (6) inches from the outside edge of the lower step tread.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ EXTERIOR ROUTE DISPLAYS 12.1 DESTINATION SIGNS

A Luminator Horizon system with amber LED illumination or Twin Vision ALL LED system, shall be furnished and installed in the bus by the manufacturer. This 24 vdc system shall consist of:


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16 Rows by 160 Columns Full Matrix Format Front Destination Sign 8 Rows by 96 Columns Full Matrix Format Side Destination Sign 16 Rows x 48 Columns Full Matrix Format Side Route Sign 16 Rows x 48 Columns Full Matrix: Rear Route Sign 12 Rows x 40 Columns Full Matrix Run Number Sign System Control Console with Flash Card Input Provisions Cables and Mounting Provisions

Destination signs shall be located on the front and curb side of the bus near the front door, and on the rear of the coach. The Run Number sign shall be located on the dash area to the right of the driver. The entire display area of all signs shall be clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night. All system control and drive PC boards shall be enclosed in either the sign housings or the System Control Console. No external boxes will be allowed. The system shall incorporate an auto blanking feature that will cause the entire display area to be automatically blanked within five (5) seconds of the vehicle master power switch being turned off. The various destination signs can be programmed to display independent messages or the same messages. The system shall allow two destination messages and one public relations message to be pre-selected. The operator shall be able to quickly change between preselected destination messages without re-entering a message code. Public relations messages shall be capable of being displayed alternately with the regular destination display or displayed separately. The message programming software shall provide a means of adjusting the length of time the messages are displayed from one-tenth second to twenty-five seconds duration. The retention time between messages shall also be adjustable from one-tenth second to twenty-five seconds. Each line or blanking time of each message on each sign shall be capable of having a different retention time. Power to the sign system shall be controlled by the Master Coach Run Switch. The signs shall operate in all positions of this switch except off. The intensity of the signs shall be automatically adjusted to be appropriate for the ambient light level. The signs shall be internally protected against voltage transients and RFI interference to ensure proper operation in the bus environment. Display The displays shall consist of amber colored LEDs. The LEDs shall be rated by their manufacturer‟s for a 100,000 hour life expectancy. The characters formed by the LEDs shall meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 Reference 49 CFR Section 38.39. The sign enclosures shall inhibit the intrusion of dirt, dust, water, and insects during normal operation or cleaning with a cyclone cleaner. Front sign mounting brackets shall be provided to allow the inside surface of the bus mounted fit destination sign window to be cleaned.


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Front Destination Sign The front destination sign matrix display shall have no less than 2560 LEDs 16 rows by 160 columns, with a message display area of not less than 8.0 inches high by not less than 64.0 inches wide. The destination message shall be readable by a person with 20/20 vision from a distance of 250 feet. The sign shall have equal readability at 65 degrees on either side of a line perpendicular to the center of the mean plane of the display. Side Destination Sign The side destination sign shall have no less than 768 LEDs, 8 rows by 96 columns, with a message display area of not less than 2.8 inches high by not less than 36.3 inches wide. The display must be easily read from the sidewalk level. Side Route Sign The side route destination sign display shall have no less than 768 LEDs, 16 rows by 48 columns, with a message display area of not less than 6.1 inches high by not less than 18.1 inches wide. Rear Route Sign The rear destination sign display shall have no less than 768 LEDs, 16 rows by 48 columns, with a message display area of not less than 6.1 inches high by not less than 18.1 inches wide. System Control Console The system control console shall be used to view and update display messages. The system control console shall utilize a 28-key conductive rubber pad keyboard with tactile feel, designed especially for the harsh transit environment. The system control console shall contain a 16 X128 pixel vacuum fluorescent display. The system control console shall contain an audio annunciator that beeps to alert the operator to view the display for a message, or beeps indicating that a key is depressed. The system control console shall continuously display the complete message associated with the selected destination code. Memory Transfer The sign system shall be reprogrammable through the system control console by either a PCMCIA flash card or a Memory Transfer Unit (MTU). A programming software package shall be provided to generate message lists for the destination sign system, along with technical support and training for initial setup. A dual function silent switch, Cole Hersee, Silent Foot Alarm Switch, part no. 90074, shall be provided on the left hand side of the steering column and in a location that permits activation with an operator‟s left foot. When activated, the switch shall cause an emergency message to be posted on the destination sign and the rear route sign, but shall not post the message on the interior display. The interior display shall change to "Public Service" indicating that the


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emergency message is posted on the exterior sign. The sign system shall be wired through a separate switch. The destination sign windshield shall be plastic and shall have a defroster that cleans the sign of condensation, snow and ice. The grid shall be activated whenever the defroster is activated. A suitable thermostat/time delay circuit shall be provided to prevent overheating of the grid and glazing.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 12.1.2 RUN NUMBERS

The run number sign display shall have no less than 480 LEDs, 12 rows by 40 columns, with a message display area of not less than 4.3 inches high by not less than 15.2 inches wide. The LED run number sign box shall be electronically controlled with four characters, four inches (4”) high and shall be mounted on the dash panel to the right of center of the bus. NJDOT requirements state that the 3.5 inch square NJDOT sticker shall be placed on the flat area of the windshield. The run number box shall be located so that it does not interfere with passenger view of the run numbers except that the DOT sticker is not placed on a curved area of the windshield. The sign shall be mounted with a built-in appearance to eliminate glare and reflections in the windshield and shall minimize obstruction of the operator's view. The run number shall be communicated from the destination sign ODK console to the run number box. Illumination of the sign shall be concurrent with the destination sign. Each character location shall be individually controlled, with each location containing the numbers 0 through 9, a blank, and the "X". When the master switch is turned off the sign shall go blank within 30 seconds. The run number sign shall dim with the dash light dimmer control.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ MOBILITY DEVICE REQUIREMENTS 13.1 ACCOMMODATIONS

All buses shall be lift equipped and shall comply with ADA requirements (49 CFR 27, 37 & 38). Longitudinal seats shall be supplied on all lift equipped transit configuration buses. Each bus shall have two (2) securement positions with lever type switches located on the underside of the flip seat to accommodate the passenger using the securement (tape switches are not acceptable). The exit signal shall be no higher than four feet (4') above the floor in this area. Maneuvering room inside the bus shall comply with ADA requirements and accommodate easy travel for a passenger in a mobility device from the lift through the bus to the designated securement area, and back out. No portion of the mobility device or its occupant shall protrude into the normal aisle of the bus when parked in the designated securement area(s). As a guide, no width dimension shall be less than 34 inches, areas requiring 90o turns of mobility devices shall have a clearance arc dimension no less than 48 inches and in the securement area where 180o turns are expected, space shall be clear in a full 60 inch diameter circle. A vertical clearance of twelve (12") inches above the floor surface shall be provided on the outside of turning areas for mobility device foot rest clearance. The lift shall not impede access to replaceable suspension components. Electrical components on the lift shall be specially designed to work in water soaked applications and shall also be enclosed in watertight junction boxes. The lift assembly shall conform to SAE J1293. A three point securement system manufactured by American Seating shall be provided for passenger(s) using a mobility device. One attachment shall be secured


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above head level to structural member of bus that can withstand the effects of a panic stop and the resulting forces.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.1.1 SECUREMENT SYSTEM
a.) b.) c.) This specification sets forth a requirement for a securement system for passengers using a mobility device. Manufacturer shall be American Seating. All components used in the securement system conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards. Securement areas shall be a minimum 30" x 48" (762 mm x 1,219 mm) as required by ADA. The securement belt system shall be an American Seating, Advanced Restraint Module; Pivot Arm model and shall be provided at each securement position. Belts shall be capable of fastening to flush mounted anchors in the bus frame or floor. All belts shall be permanently and legibly marked with the name of the manufacturer, the assembly part number and the date of manufacture. All hardware parts which contact, under normal usage, a person, clothing or webbing shall be free from burrs and sharp edges. Securement shall be provided with an automatic locking retractor which after the webbing is extended and allowed to slightly return, the unit shall retract but not extend. Webbing shall be 5 bar polyester seat belt webbing woven with continuous filament yarn and finished salvages. The webbing for the securement of the mobility aid shall be red. The push button shall be gray and be engraved with the push logo. The three (3) point shoulder and lap belts shall be black in color.





h.) i.)


EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2 LIFT SYSTEM / GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The following technical specification shall cover the lifts to be provided under this contract, which shall comply with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Lift shall be the most current Ricon model F9T Series or equal, equipped with a heated step tread.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.1 LOCATION OF LIFT

The lift shall be installed at the rear door of the bus.

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When the lift is being deployed, the lift shall have an audible warning signal. The vehicle horn shall not be used. The signal device shall be located by the mobility device entry door and shall used separate from the kneeling alarm. When the lift is in the process of being deployed, operated, or stowed, the four-way flasher hazard lights on the vehicle shall operate automatically.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.3 POWER SOURCE INTERFACE

The lift shall operate and meet all requirements of these specifications while using the electrical and/or hydraulic power sources normally used in public transportation vehicles. The lift shall meet these requirements whenever those power sources are performing within their specified ranges. The lift shall continue to meet the requirements of this specification during and following the power source transients, including failure that may be experienced on transit vehicles.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.4 PLATFORM LIGHTING

When the lift is in operation, the platform should have a minimum of one (1) foot-candle of illumination.




The lift shall have a lift capacity of 600 pounds, uniformly loaded.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.6 USEFUL LIFE

When used and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommended procedures, the lift structure should be designed to have a useful life equal to the useful life of the vehicle on which it is used (12 years minimum).

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.7 BUS INTERFACE

The interface with the vehicle shall have the structural strength required for static loading of the lift platform to 1,800 pounds (three times the lift capacity). Installation of the lift shall not reduce or in any way compromise the structural integrity of the vehicle. Attachment of the lift, including any modification of the vehicle, shall not cause an imbalance of the vehicle that shall adversely affect vehicle handling characteristics. No part of the installed and stowed lift shall extend into the stepwell, laterally beyond the normal side contour of the vehicle, or in any way violate the specified approach or breakover angle of the vehicle. The stowed lift shall not inhibit the


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operation of the vehicle door; and there shall be no contact or rubbing between the opened door and/or the doorframe that would damage the door or the lift during deployment and normal operation of the lift. The installation shall not increase the difficulty of access to wear parts or maintenance item such as shock absorbers, bellows and radius or lateral rod bushings. The lift shall be adequately protected to accommodate vehicle towing. A full width lift cover shall be provided that protects the lift from damage.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.8 LIFT POWER SOURCE

The hydraulic power source for the lift shall be separate and independent from the vehicle power steering pump.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.9 CONTROL SYSTEMS

The lift controls shall consist of a power switch (on/off), a function selection switch (deploy, lower, raise and stow), and an operating switch. The control console shall be located in a position where the lift operator has a direct unobstructed view of the platform during lift operation and shall be secure from operation or tampering by unauthorized individuals. The control console shall have simple instructions on or near it that directs the operator in the lift operating procedures. The switches on the control console shall by their location or by other means prohibit simultaneous, one-handed operation of more than one (1) switch. If the bus is equipped with a rear door lift, the controls shall be located in a tower aft of the rear door. The lift controls shall have a power switch with two (2) positions-on and off. The "on" position enables lift operation and shall be designated by a lighted indicator. The "off" position prevents lift movement.

CONTROL FUNCTION SELECTION SWITCH The lift controls shall have a function selection switch to designate the desired lift function. The switch shall have four designated functions (as defined) in the following order: (1) Deploy (2) Lower (3) Raise (4) Stow The function selection switch shall not allow the selection of more than one function at one time. CONTROL OPERATING SWITCH The lift controls shall have an operating switch that shall activate the designated function for the lift. The operating switch shall require continuous force to perform the selected function. Release of the operating switch shall stop the lift motion.



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The lift shall have a manual method of operation permitting an operator to lower the platform to ground level from any position in its cycle with a wheelchair occupant. It shall also be possible to raise an unoccupied platform, and to stow the lift. The outer barrier and inner roll stop shall be functional and controllable when the lift is in the manual mode.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.11 INTERLOCKS AND SAFETY FEATURES

Interlocks shall prevent vehicle movement unless the lift is stowed. Interlocks shall prevent lift activation and operation unless the vehicle is stopped and inhibited from moving and the appropriate door is open. An interlock or inherent design feature shall prevent stowing of the lift when the platform is occupied. An interlock or inherent design feature shall not allow a lift to move up or down unless the inner roll stop and outer barrier are raised and operational. An interlock or inherent design feature shall not allow the outer barrier to be lowered unless the lift platform is at an unloading surface below the vehicle floor level. The vehicle shall shift into neutral when the lift is energized. The doors shall be fully opened before the lift can be operated.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.12 MAINTENANCE CONTROLS

The lift shall have capability to interface with a remote maintenance control that allows complete lift operation. The controller shall plug into the lift electrical box and permit operation of the lift from under the bus while raised on a lift or placed over a pit. The design of the maintenance controller shall ensure that all safety features of lift operations are functional when the maintenance controller is in use.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.2.13 WIRING

Wiring shall be in accordance with SAE Recommended Practice SAE J1292 OCT 81 and referenced Standards, except when good engineering practice dictates special condition installations.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 13.3 ROOF VENTILATORS/ESCAPE HATCH

A minimum of one (1) Transpec, roof ventilator, over the rear axle shall provide ventilation in the event of climate control system failure. The hatches shall also serve as an escape hatch and be capable of being opened from the outside of the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ CHASSIS 14.1 PROPULSION SYSTEM

14.1.1 POWER REQUIREMENTS 12/20/2009

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Propulsion system and drive train shall provide power to enable the bus to meet the defined acceleration, top speed, and gradability requirements. Sufficient excess power shall be available to operate all accessories without jeopardizing bus performance or safety.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.1.2 TOP SPEED

The top speed of a transit bus shall be as recommended by the tire manufacturer on a straight, level road at SLW with all accessories operating.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.1.3 GRADABILITY

Gradability requirements shall be met on grades with a surface friction coefficient of 0.3 and above at SLW with all accessories operating. The standard configuration powerplant shall enable the bus to maintain a speed of 44 mph on a 2 1/2% grade and 7 mph on a 16% grade.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.1.4 ACCELERATION

An average acceleration rate of at least 0.06g shall be achieved at SLW between 0 and 15 mph with all accessories operating. Acceleration measurement shall commence when the accelerator is depressed. The bus shall accelerate from 0 to 15 MPH in 5 seconds.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.1.6 OPERATING RANGE

The operating range of the bus run on the design operating profile shall be at least 400 miles on a full tank of fuel.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.2 14.2.1 POWERPLANT MOUNTING AND ACCESSORIES MOUNTING

The powerplant shall be mounted in a compartment in the rear of the bus. All powerplant mounting shall be mechanically isolated to minimize transfer of vibration to the body structure. Special design attention shall be paid to the impacts of a 6 cylinder, 4 cycle engine on vibration impact in passengers and maintenance frequency and failures of related structural components.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.2.2 SERVICE

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arranged so that accessibility for all routine maintenance is assured. No special tools, other than dollies and hoists, shall be required to remove the powerplant. Two mechanics shall be able to remove, replace, and prepare the engine and transmission assembly for service in less than 20 total combined man-hours. The muffler, soot filter/catalytic converter, exhaust system, air cleaner, air compressor, starter, alternator, radiator, all accessories, and any other component requiring service or replacement shall be easily removable and independent of the engine and transmission removal. An engine oil pressure gauge and coolant temperature gauge shall be provided in the engine compartment. These gauges shall be liquid filled, easily read during service and mounted in an area where they shall not be damaged during minor or major repairs. Provisions to fast idle the engine using the electronic controls, a potentiometer or similar device shall be provided in the engine compartment along with a rear start feature. A water temperature, oil pressure and voltmeter gauge shall be installed in the engine compartment in a readily accessible location to assist mechanics in maintaining the bus. Engine oil and the radiator filler caps shall be hinged to the filler neck and closed with spring pressure or positive locks. All fluid fill locations shall be permanently and properly labeled to help ensure correct fluid is added and all fillers shall be easily accessible with standard funnels, pour spouts, and automatic dispensing equipment. All lubricant sumps shall be fitted with magnetic-type, external, hex head, drain plugs of a standard size. Filters servicing the air intake for the engine shall have a normal replacement life of at least 12,000 miles. The cover of the filter shall be quickly removed by use of single wing nut retainer (Nelson Part No. 71227N,). An air restriction indicator, part number A35501-00825, by Engineered Products Co., shall be provided. The air intake filter shall be an outside-in airflow design. A non-decal safety warning sign shall be installed on the air filter housing that clearly prohibits the use of ether on the engine. The engine shall be equipped with a Davco model no. 382 unheated fuel filter. Engine and transmission shall be equipped with sufficient heavy-duty oil filters for efficient operation and protection. To the extent practicable, the filters shall be of the spin-on, disposable type. 1/4 turn ball type valves shall be supplied to isolate water and fuel filters during routine replacement. All filters shall be easily accessible and the filter bases shall be plumbed to assure correct reinstallation. The primary fuel filter shall be in a protected location. Fuel and oil lines within the engine compartment shall be rigidly supported and shall be composed of steel tubing where practicable except in locations where there are flexible lines. Flexible fluid lines shall be kept at a minimum and shall be as short as practicable and shall be routed or shielded so that failure of a line shall not allow fuel or oil to spray or drain onto any component operable above the auto ignition temperature of the fluid. Flexible lines shall be teflon hoses with braided stainless steel jackets except in applications where premium hoses are required and shall have standard SAE or JIC brass or steel, reusable, swivel, end fittings. Hoses shall be individually supported and shall not touch one another or any part of the bus. Solid fluid lines shall be used to the maximum extent possible. Flexible lines shall be used where it is not possible to use solid lines.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.2.3 ACCESSORIES

Engine-driven accessories shall be unit mounted for quick removal and repair. Accessory drive systems shall operate without failure or unscheduled adjustment for 50,000 miles. These accessories shall be driven at speeds sufficient to assure adequate system performance during extended periods of idle operation and low route speed portion of the design operating profile. In angle drive applications, the air conditioning compressor shall be driven from the transmission PTO either directly or through an offset fan belt drive arrangement.


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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.2.4 HYDRAULIC DRIVE

The hydraulic system shall use full synthetic hydraulic, flame retardant oil and shall demonstrate a mean time between repairs in excess of 50,000 miles. Hydraulic system service tasks shall be minimized and scheduled no more frequently than those of other major bus systems. All elements of the hydraulic system shall be easily accessible for service or unit replacement. Sensors in the hydraulic system, excluding those in the power steering system, shall indicate on the operator's diagnostic panel conditions of low hydraulic fluid level. Critical points in the hydraulic system shall be fitted with service ports so that portable diagnostic equipment may be connected or sensors for an off-board diagnostic system permanently attached to monitor system operation. All lines shall be compatible with the hydraulic fluid and maximum pressures of the system. Flexible lines shall be minimized in quantity and length. Lines of the same size and with the same fittings as those on other piping systems of the bus, but not interchangeable, shall be marked for use on the hydraulic system only. Hydraulic lines shall be individually and rigidly supported to prevent chafing damage, fatigue failures, and tension strain on the lines and fittings. The hydraulic system shall be configured and/or shielded so that failure of any flexible line shall not allow hydraulic fluid to spray or drain onto any component operable above the auto ignition temperature of the fluid. All elements of the hydraulic system shall meet the noise limits defined in Part II: Technical Specification. A priority system shall prevent the loss of power steering during operation of the bus if other devices are also powered by the hydraulic system. The wheelchair lift shall not be driven directly by the power steering system and shall have a separate power source.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.3 14.3.1 POWERPLANT ENGINE

The engine shall be an electronically controlled in-line six (6) cylinder Caterpillar diesel engine model C-9 with ADEM electronics and HEUI fuel system. The engine shall be designed to operate on number 1, number 2 and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and shall be equipped with an Engelhard DPX catalytic soot filter equipped with the Engelhard DPX back pressure monitor system. If ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel is not available at the time of bus delivery, the installation of the trap/oxidizer shall take place in New Jersey at the Contractor‟s vehicle acceptance facility in New Jersey. The contractor shall remove the muffler, install the soot filter, remove all fuel from the fuel tank of the bus and refill the fuel tank with ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The engine shall provide 280 gross horsepower and 860 pound feet of torque at 1300 revolutions per minute and 200 R.P.M. governor droop. The engine shall be governed by electronic controls that comply with SAE J-1708 or J-1939 for Serial Data Communications. All cables and electronic devices utilized as part of the electronic engine control system shall be adequately shielded from external interference. An electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) shall provide basic engine control functions such as rated speed and power, vehicle speed, engine governing, torque shaping, cold start logic, transient fuel control and diagnostics. The engine shall be monitored by a series of sensors, which provide signals to the electronic module indicating pertinent pressures, temperatures, and fluid levels necessary to preserve the operating life of the engine. The control module shall also be capable of controlling the engine through signals received from an electronic accelerator pedal. The electronic pedal shall be equipped with a sensor that picks up accelerator pedal position at an infinite number of points throughout the range of the pedal. The operation of the pedal shall be completely electronic


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without mechanical controls or linkage. The pedal shall not have any exposed wiring in the operator's area. The engine control module (ECM) shall provide control for the fuel system on the engine. The air system fuel control shall be engine mounted and electronically controlled by the ECM to provide idle and no-load speed governing, failure diagnostics and auto calibration. The engine shall be protected from premature failure by the electronic control module and sensors. If a reading exceeds an acceptable range, a warning light shall notify the operator and the engine operation shall be brought under control or to a controlled stop. The electronic control module shall be equipped with a self-diagnostic system as well as an engine protection system and engine performance diagnostics. A failure shall be retained by the control module for evaluation by garage personnel using a diagnostic reader. The reader shall be capable of monitoring and evaluating engine system parameters such as intake manifold pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant level, coolant temperature, engine speed, throttle position and vehicle speed governing. The electronic control module shall be capable of communicating the features specified to the diagnostic reader. The system shall be equipped with a means to limit the vehicle top speed via the electronic controls. The system shall also be equipped with a throttle interlock to prevent acceleration during the use of the kneeling or lift systems. The entire system shall be capable of communicating with the electronically controlled transmission via electrical connection. A mechanical throttle position interface is not permitted. The primary objective of the system is to provide the capability for the electronic engine controls to reduce power by command of the transmission in the event of transmission malfunction (low oil level/pressure; high coolant temperature; etc.). The engine electronic control module shall be constructed as a weatherproof enclosure on the engine that is protected from the environment. The system shall be completely sealed from water. The engine shall be outfitted with the Probalyzer brass Mini-gauge plug to permit oil analysis sampling. The plug shall withstand 2200 psi and contain triple seals to eliminate potential leakage. Each plug shall be tested individually for control against leakage. Location shall be accessible through the rear engine compartment or access door, and be installed on a main or bypass filter oil line ahead of the filter. The engine shall be equipped with a fast idle (1000 RPM) and super fast idle (1500 RPM) that is operator controlled. The device shall activate only with the transmission is in neutral and parking brake applied. This device may be used to help meet the requirements of bus air conditioning cool down. The engine starter shall be protected by an interlock that prevents its engagement when the engine is running. The starter shall be prevented from engaging when the transmission selector is in any position other than neutral. The engine drive belts shall have an easily removable belt guard installed to prevent injuries to service personnel working in the rear of the bus with the engine doors open. The belt guard shall cover all belts used on the engine.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.3.2 COOLING SYSTEM

The cooling system shall be sized to maintain fluids at safe, continuous operating temperatures during the most severe operations possible with the bus loaded to GVWR and with ambient temperatures up to 115° F. Sufficient reserve capacity shall be provided by the cooling system to provide efficient cooling for the coolant and engine charge air cooler (CAC) with 25% of the CAC and radiator blocked. The cooling systems shall be factory filled with a 50/50 mixture of


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Pencool 2790-N3 anti-freeze. Radiator(s), complete with charge air cooling circuit shall be mounted above the engine compartment. The charge air cooler and the radiator shall be mounted at least 60 inches above the road surface. The physical size and heat rejection capacity of the radiator along with the charge air cooling capacity shall be tested and approved by the engine manufacturer for this application. The radiator system shall be easily serviced through a top hinged access door that shall include gas-filled cylinders and a manual prop to hold the door in the upright/open position. The radiator and charge air cooler shall not be stacked in front of one another and shall have reinforced hemmed edges on both sides of the core to insure pressure washing shall not compromise the fin design. Hydraulic fluid coolers shall not be stacked in front of the radiator or the charge air cooler. The charge air/cooling system radiator(s) shall be of durable corrosion-resistant construction with welded tanks. Radiator(s) plumbing shall be stainless steel or brass tubing and if practicable, rubber hoses shall be eliminated. All hoses shall be premium, silicone rubber type that are impervious to all bus fluids. All hoses shall be secured with Gates Power Grip hose clamps. These clamps shall provide clamping force through shrink forces generated during operating temperature cycles and through thermal contraction at lower temperatures. These clamps shall exceed SAE pressure/vibration/temperature (PVT) requirements J1610. Fan speed shall be regulated to minimize fan noise. No heat producing components or climate control system components shall be mounted between the engine cooling air intake aperture and the radiator(s). All cooling system fittings are to be cast iron, brass, stainless steel or copper. The cooling fan will be hydraulically driven. Radiator surge tank shall be made of heavy-duty stainless steel. A sight glass to determine satisfactory engine coolant level shall be provided and shall be accessible by opening the engine and/or blower compartment access doors. A spring-loaded, push-button type valve shall also be provided to safely release pressure or vacuum in the cooling system. The cap shall also include a positive locking device to prevent opening of filler cap until pressure is released. Filler cap shall be hinged to the filler neck and held closed by a spring. A stainless steel alarmstat meeting the approval of the engine manufacturer shall be provided to allow for proper cooling system function during warmer weather operation. If possible, cooling system function shall be controlled electronically through the engine control system. A coolant fill and recovery system shall be provided to maintain the proper coolant level in the surge tank and to prevent loss of engine coolant in the event of overheating. Coolant that would normally escape shall be collected in a coolant recovery tank that is vented to atmosphere. Coolant shall be re-circulated back to the surge tank via an electric motor driven pump controlled automatically or by a switch in the engine compartment based on coolant level in the surge tank. The coolant recovery tank may have a spring loaded push button type valve incorporating a positive locking device to permit adding coolant as system returns to normal operating temperatures. The filler cap of the surge tank shall be hinged to the filler neck and be held closed by a spring. The fill cap of the coolant reservoir and recovery tank may be a threaded cap. Engine thermostats shall be easily accessible for replacement. The engine cooling system shall be equipped with a properly sized Nalcool Need Release cooling system filter with a spin-on, disposable borate element. Quarter-turn ball type shutoff valves shall be provided on the coolant filter base, which allow filter replacement without coolant loss. Quarter turn valves shall also be provided and installed in the entire cooling system which permit complete shutoff of both lines for the heating and defroster units. All low points in the water-based cooling system shall be equipped with drain cocks. Air vent valves shall be fitted at high points in the cooling system unless it can be demonstrated that the system is self-purging.


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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.3.3 TRANSMISSION

The transmission shall be a ZF Ecomat 2, 6HP592 C, with an integral input retarder, five speed transmission equipped with electronic controls, with integral retarder. Maximum input horsepower shall be 280 horsepower. Maximum input torque capability shall be 860 pound feet of torque. The transmission shall have a one stage, three element, polyphase torque converter and a lock up clutch. The transmission shall be fully automatic with six (6) forward gear ratios. Shift calibration shall be set so that shifts shall be smooth under all operating conditions. The transmission shall only have one maintenance dipstick, and no other secondary service lane dipsticks. The ZF transmission shall be factory filled with with Castrol Transynd synthetic transmission fluid. A throttle interlock shall be provided to prevent premature engagement and operation of the automatic transmission reverse or forward gear. When the transmission is placed in reverse or drive, the bus RPM is held at low idle by an electronic throttle inhibitor. The electronic throttle inhibitor shall remain activated until the reverse clutch oil pressure reaches the required 100 psi. Once attained, the throttle inhibitor is disabled, returning the bus to normal operation. The transmission shall be governed by electronic controls that contain an electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) that shall provide basic transmission control functions. All cabling and electronic devices utilized by the electronic transmission control system shall be adequately shielded against interference. The transmission electronic module shall be capable of communicating with the engine electronic module to maintain maximum efficiency. The control module shall be equipped with a self diagnostic system. A failure shall be retained by the control module for evaluation by garage personnel using a diagnostic reader. In the event of a transmission malfunction, the transmission shall initiate the engine power reduction sequence. The electronic controls shall be completely sealed from the environment. The transmission electronic control unit shall be located in a weatherproof box that is protected from the environment. . The electronic control unit shall be installed with the supervision and approval of the component manufacturer. The transmission shall be equipped with an integral single flow input hydrodynamic continuous brake located between the torque converter and planetary gear section. The retarder shall consist of the following components: a rotor connected to the input shaft of the transmission and the stator connected to the transmission housing. Control of the retarder shall be staged and accomplished by applying the service brakes of the bus. At two (2) psi brake application pressure, 33% of the retarder shall be applied. At four (4) psi brake application pressure, 66% of the retarder shall be applied. At seven (7) psi brake application pressure, the retarder shall be fully applied.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.3.4 ELECTRIC STARTER

The Contractor shall provide a heavy duty Delco model MT42, 24 volt electric engine starting system with integral over crank protection. The starter shall have a pre-engaged drive, which shall engage into the ring-gear before the starter begins to turn. The starting system shall be inoperable whenever the master control is in the OFF position, and whenever the emergency


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shut-off switch is activated or the engine is running. A starter interlock shall be provided that shall prevent the starter motor from engaging the flywheel after the engine is started.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.3.5 AUXILIARY HEATER

An auxiliary heater shall be provided to maintain passenger compartment temperatures. A PROHEAT X45, 45,000 BTU heater, shall be provided and shall be mounted in the engine compartment on the street side of the bus. All electrical connectors shall be water tight and corrosion resistant. The heater shall be equipped with an electronic Heater Control Module (HCM) with built in microprocessor that incorporates circuit monitoring and protection. The HCM shall provide a LED display with signals for major heater components and specific function errors for supplying self-diagnostic information. The HCM shall be equipped with a memory function that records intermittent fault codes for retrieval with the manufacturers diagnostic download kit. The HCM shall also incorporate a soft start feature that utilizes solid state switching with controller motor acceleration. The heater shall be programmed for 24 volt power. The heater shall be supplied with an independent fuel supply pump. The heater shall utilize a coolant circulating pump to provide 8 gallons per minute minimum flow. The Contractor shall locate and wire a remote diagnostic plug for the heater diagnostic tool in an area easily accessible for a mechanic. This plug is to be located adjacent to the engine and transmission ECM diagnostic ports. The heater is to be placarded to indicate compliance with applicable FHWA regulations. The heater is to be equipped with a momentary toggle switch located on the operators side console that enables the heater ninety (90) minute auto preheat cycle. The heater shall be wired to insure that when the master control is turned off, the heater is also turned off. The heater shall provide a supplemental input connection on the HCM that receives a signal from the vehicle electrical system that enable the heater whenever the engine is running. The supplemental input connection shall be interrupted when the master switch is off. A mechanics disable switch shall be provided that interrupts the supplemental input connection to disable the heater for service and maintenance.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.4 14.4.1 EMISSIONS AIR POLLUTION

The manufacturer and engine supplier shall submit documentation to Somerset County Division of Transportation showing their compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990. This documentation shall be retained by Somerset County for review with the FTA.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.4.2 NJ MOTOR VEHICLE POLLUTION REQUIREMENTS

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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.4.3 EXHAUST LOCATION

Exhaust gases and waste heat shall be discharged on the left side at street level and shall be directed generally away from the bus. The complete exhaust system including all pipes shall be a stainless steel design. The muffler shall be located and isolated to eliminate the possibility of damage to the muffler from departure angle infractions.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.4.4 EXTERIOR NOISE

Airborne noise generated by the bus and measured from either side shall not exceed 83 dBA under full power acceleration when operated at or below 35 mph at curb weight, and just prior to transmission upshift. The maximum noise level generated by the bus pulling away from a stop at full power shall not exceed 80 dBA ( 2 dBA). The bus-generated noise at curb idle shall not exceed 67 dBA ( 2 dBA ). If the noise contains an audible discrete frequency, a penalty of 5 dBA shall be added to the sound level measured. All noise readings shall be taken 50 feet from, and perpendicular to, the centerline of the bus with all accessories operating. Instrumentation, test sites, and other general requirements shall be in accordance with SAE Standard J366. The pull away test shall be with the front bumper even with the microphone. The curb idle test shall be conducted with the rear bumper even with the microphone.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.5 14.5.1 FINAL DRIVE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The bus shall be driven by a single heavy-duty full floating type axle at the rear. The rear axle shall be an Arvin Meritor 71000 series, with separable carrier housing construction with a load rating sufficient for the bus loaded to GVWR. Gear ratio will be 5.63:1. Transfer of gear noise to the bus interior shall be minimized. The driven axle shall operate for 200,000 miles on the design operating profile without repairs. Load tubes shall be replaceable and the lubricant drain plug shall be magnetic type, external hex head of a standard size. The drive shaft shall be guarded to prevent it striking the floor of the bus or the ground in the event of a tube or universal joint failure. Universal joints shall be equipped with two grease fittings located 180 degrees apart from each other. Grease fittings shall be provided on the splined coupling of the drive shaft. Metal locking tabs shall be provided on all U-joints cap retention bolts.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.6 14.6.1 SUSPENSION GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The fatigue life of suspension components and underlying structural members shall be 1,000,000 miles. The front axle shall be an Arvin Meritor 17100 Series, beam type. The front and rear axle suspensions shall be pneumatic type. The basic suspension system shall last the life of the bus without major overhaul or replacement. Adjustment points shall be minimized and shall not be


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subject to a loss of adjustment in service. Necessary adjustments shall be easily accomplished without removing or disconnecting the components. It shall not be necessary to remove any components (except wheels and tires) to repair or replace any routine maintenance components in the suspension systems including but not limited to radius and lateral rod bushings. Replaceable bushings shall be readily accessible and shall require only one mechanic to safely replace worn components, components shall be designed for heavy duty urban bus applications for the longest service life possible for at least 50,000 miles.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.6.2 SPRINGS AND SHOCK ABSORBERS

The suspension system shall permit a minimum wheel travel of 3.5 inches in jounce and three inches (3") in rebound. Elastomeric bumpers shall be provided at the limit of jounce travel. Rebound travel may be limited by elastomeric bumpers or hydraulically within the shock absorbers. Shock absorbers shall be of a premium heavy duty design for urban bus applications. Only shock pin design shocks are to be provided, stud type shocks are not to be supplied unless used for the front axle and have easy access for replacement. Shock pins shall be designed to fail after the shock absorber. Shock absorbers shall be mounted so they are easily changed and are clear of all components, such as mudflaps and power steering lines that shall interfere with the replacement of shock absorbers.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.6.3 KNEELING

An operator-actuated kneeling device, Titan Kneeling Module, manufactured by Titan Pneumatics, shall lower the bus front of the during loading or unloading operations regardless of load to a floor height of thirty and one half (30.5) inches measured at the longitudinal centerline of the front door. Brake and throttle interlock shall prevent movement when the bus is kneeled. The bus shall kneel and rise at a maximum rate of 1.25 inches per second at essentially a constant rate. After kneeling, the bus shall rise within 2 seconds to a height permitting the bus to resume service and shall rise to the correct operating height within 7 seconds. During the lowering and raising operation, the maximum acceleration shall not exceed 0.2g and the jerk shall not exceed 0.3g/sec. measured on the front door step tread. An indicator visible to the operator shall be illuminated until the bus is raised to a height adequate for safe street travel. A visual and audible warning device shall operate when the kneeling system is in operation. The Contractor shall provide a kneeler function disconnect switch located in a remote location in the operator's area. The disconnect switch is not to be located on the dashboard. The disconnect switch shall de-activate the kneeling feature for operation in severe snow and ice conditions. Contractor is to design the kneeler/flasher interface such that when the master switch is off, the bus shall not activate the flashers if the bus were to lose air pressure in the front bellows and kneel.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.6.4 DAMPING

Vertical damping of the suspension system shall be accomplished by hydraulic shock absorbers mounted to the axles and attached to an appropriate location on the chassis. Damping shall be sufficient to control bus motion to 4 cycles or less after hitting road perturbations. Shock absorbers shall maintain their effectiveness for at least 50,000 miles in normal service, and


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each unit shall be replaceable by a mechanic in less than 15 minutes. Shock absorbers shall be of the heaviest duty available.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.6.5 LUBRICATION

All elements of steering, suspension, and drive systems requiring scheduled lubrication shall be provided with grease fittings conforming to SAE Standard J534. These fittings shall be located for ease of inspection, and shall be accessible with a standard grease gun with or without flexible hose end from a pit or with the bus on a hoist. Each element requiring lubrication shall have its own grease fitting with a relief path. Lubricant specified shall be standard for all elements on the bus and shall be serviced by standard fittings.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.7 UNDERCOATING

Corashield 7972, gray shall be applied to the underside of the body, frame, and wheel wells including the fuel tank. After the undercoating is applied features under the undercoat shall be visible. Undercoating over spray on the exterior of the bus shall be removed prior to delivery.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.8 14.8.1 STEERING STRENGTH

Fatigue life of all steering components shall exceed 1,000,000 miles. No element of the steering system shall sustain a Class I failure when one of the tires hits a curb or strikes a severe road hazard. Inadvertent alternations of steering as a result of striking road hazards are steering failures. The steering column shall be manufactured by TRW, ZF, Douglas, and shall provide both tilt and telescope features. The steering wheel shall be hard plastic that does not retain dirt and grease. Finger grips shall be provided on the wheel, down and away from the operator.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.8.2 TURNING RADIUS

Outside body corner turning radius for a standard configuration 40-foot-long bus shall not exceed 44 feet at SLW.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.8.3 TURNING EFFORT

The steering wheel shall be not less than 19.5 inches in diameter and shall be shaped for firm grip with comfort for long periods of time. The steering wheel shall not have foam padding. The steering wheel shall be removable with a standard or universal puller. Hydraulically-assisted power steering shall be provided. The steering gear shall be an integral type with flexible lines eliminated or the number and length minimized. Steering torque applied by the operator shall not exceed 10-foot-pounds with the front wheels straight ahead to turned 10 degrees. Steering


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torque may increase to 70-foot-pounds when the wheels are approaching the steering stops but before the relief valve activates. Steering effort shall be measured with the bus at SLW, stopped with the brakes released and the engine at normal idling speed on clean, dry, level, commercial asphalt pavement and tires inflated to recommended pressure. With the bus in operation the steering effort shall not exceed 55 pounds at the steering wheel rim and perceived free play in the steering system shall not materially increase as a result of power assist failure. Gearing shall require no more than seven turns of the steering wheel lock-to-lock. Caster angle shall be selected to provide a tendency for the return of the front wheels to the straight position with minimal assistance from the operator. Power steering failure shall not result in loss of steering control.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.9 14.9.1 BRAKES SERVICE BRAKE

Service brakes shall be Arvin Meritor DiscPlus EX225 Brakes, and shall be controlled and actuated by an air system. Force to activate the brake pedal control shall be an essentially linear function of the bus deceleration rate and shall not exceed 70 pounds at a point 7 inches above the heel point of the pedal to achieve maximum emergency braking. The angle of the pedal shall be ergonomically designed to minimize fatigue. At least six (6") inches of slack in the air lines shall be available to allow for change out of the brake treadle valve and pedal assembly. In lieu of six (6”) inches of slack at the treadle valve, a bulkhead with connectors not more than (12”) inches from the valve may be utilized. The brake pedal shall be slightly lower than the accelerator. Provisions at the front shall be made to activate the brakes from the towing vehicle. The vehicle shall be capable of consistently stopping in less than 20 feet when traveling at 20 mph using a Vericom 3000 brake meter to measure stopping distance.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.9.2 FRICTION MATERIAL

The entire service brake system, excluding friction material, shall have an overhaul or replacement life of at least 100,000 miles. The friction material shall have a design life of at least 50,000 miles. Brakes shall have Arvin Meritor self adjusting brake calipers . Brake lining shall be non-asbestos type and shall be designed and approved for use on the vehicle being proposed. Brake pads shall provide optimum performance with the brake system being used and shall minimize brake noise under all weather conditions.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.9.3 HUBS AND ROTORS

Wheel bearing seals shall run on replaceable wear surfaces. Wheel bearings shall be oil lubed and wheel seals shall not leak or weep lubricant for 100,000 miles. Vented brake rotors shall be provided on the drive and steer axles of the bus.



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The bus shall be equipped with a Rockwell WABCO four (4) channel (one sensor and one modulator for each wheel position) antilock brake system with traction control. The system shall utilize a WABCO configuration that shall provide full vehicle wheel control braking for the bus. Automatic Traction Control (ATC) shall be included as part of the ABS system. The electronics that regulate the functions of ABS shall be environmentally protected and shall provide a high degree of protection from radio and electromagnetic interference. The ABS system shall have diagnostic capabilities for troubleshooting purposes. The ABS system logic shall be designed to respond to component equipment failure using a conservative fail safe philosophy. Any single electrical failure of a component devoted to ABS shall result in simultaneous illumination of the ABS condition lamp on the dash, disabling all or part of the ABS and reversion to standard braking on wheels no longer under control of antilock. When wheel equipment (speed sensor/exciter) fails, the controller shall divide and separate the brakes diagonally. In the event of a power or controller failure, the entire ABS shall disable and reversion to standard braking shall take place. Two or more failures, regardless of their position or occurrence shall also result in the immediate disabling of the entire ABS system. All electrical harnesses utilized to provide the ABS shall be separate and independent of all other bus wiring. Under no circumstances shall ABS wiring harnesses be combined with or retained in existing harness looms, tape or trunks. The wires that carry information and power into and out of the controller shall be terminated with a waterproof connector with the wiring sealed to the connector. The wire gauge used shall be sized specifically for the task, which it is designed to perform. A dashboard mounted antilock condition lamp shall be provided in conjunction with an electrical relay which shall be controlled by the controller and shall serve as a means of providing the operator with the operating condition of the ABS. A connection to the transmission retarder shall be provided in the controller which shall allow the controller to temporarily “disable” the retarder during certain modes of operation. The Pro-Link function shall be provided which enables the system to report its operating condition to an external source. The data link configuration shall conform to SAE standard J1708 and the coded language used shall conform to SAE J1587.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.9.5 AIR SYSTEM

The bus air system shall operate all accessories and the braking system with sufficient reserve capacity. The engine-driven air compressor shall be sized to charge the air system from 0 psi to the governor cutoff pressure in less than 3 minutes while not exceeding the engine's rated speed. Regardless of the system's air pressure, idle up to the rated engine speed shall be available to the operator with the transmission in neutral and the parking brake applied. The air compressor for this application shall be a Bendix BA921. The air compressor shall draw suction air from the engine turbocharger. Air lines, except necessary flexible lines, shall conform to the installation and material requirements of SAE Standard J844-Type 1 for copper tubing with standard, brass, flared or ball sleeve fittings, or SAE Standard J844-Type 3B for nylon tubing if not subject to temperatures over 200 degrees F. Accessory and other non-critical lines may use Type 3A tubing. Nylon tubing shall be installed in accordance with the following color-coding standards: Green Red Indicates primary brakes and supply Indicates secondary brakes


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Brown Yellow Black Orange

Indicates parking brake Indicates compressor governor signal Indicates accessories Indicates fuel

Line supports shall prevent movement, flexing, tension strain, and vibration. Copper lines shall be supported to prevent the lines from touching one another or any component of the bus. To the extent practicable and before installation, the lines shall be pre-bent on a fixture that prevents tube flattening or excessive local strain. Copper lines shall be bent only once at any point, including pre-bending and installation. Rigid lines shall be supported at nor more than 5foot intervals. Nylon lines may be grouped and shall be continuously supported. The compressor discharge line between powerplant and body-mounted equipment shall be a flexible convoluted copper or stainless steel line, or may be flexible teflon hose with a braided stainless steel jacket. Other lines necessary to maintain system reliability shall be flexible teflon hose with a braided stainless steel jacket. End fittings shall be standard SAE or JIC brass or steel, flanged, reusable, swivel type fittings. Flexible hoses shall be as short as practicable and individually supported. They shall not touch one another or any part of the bus except for the supporting grommets. Flexible lines shall be supported at 2-foot intervals or less. Air lines shall be cleaned and blown out before installation and shall be installed to minimize air leaks. New buses shall not leak down more than 6 psi as indicated on the instrument panel mounted air gauges, within 3 hours from the point of governor cut-off. All air lines shall be sloped toward a reservoir and routed to prevent water traps. Grommets shall protect the air lines at all points where they pass through understructure components. Provision shall be made to apply shop air to the bus air system through a 1/4 turn valve and air chuck. This 1/4 turn valve shall be conveniently located in the engine compartment. Air for the compressor shall be filtered through the main engine air induction system. All air reservoirs shall meet the requirements of SAE Standard J10 and shall be equipped with clean-out plugs and guarded 1/4 turn drain valves. The drain valves and any automatic moisture ejector valves shall be protected from road hazards by major structural members. Reservoirs shall be sloped toward the 1/4 turn drain valve. The air system shall be protected by a pressure relief valve set at 150 psi and shall be equipped with check valves and pressure protection valves to assure partial operation in case of line failures. An appropriately selected Bendix model no. AD-IP integral purge, extended range equipped with a muffler, 30 cfm capacity, desiccant type air dryer shall be installed on the bus between the compressor and the wet supply tank reservoir. The air system shall also be equipped with a Puraguard filter installed in the outlet line of the air dryer. The desiccant cartridge shall be the “Quick Change” type that does not require dryer removal for servicing or air line disconnection. Air dryer to include an unloader/purge valve and built-in muffler for quiet unload operation. The unloader/purge system shall not exceed 72 dBA on the “A” scale. Dryer shall include a thermostatically controlled heating element sized to this application for operation in New Jersey. The dryer is to be located in an environment that is accessible for ease of servicing and cartridge replacement. A minimum of ten feet (10') of exposed steel/copper type tubing shall be installed between the compressor and the air dryer to assist in reducing air temperature from the compressor. Steel braided teflon type hose may be installed at each end of the steel/copper line. Air temperature at the dryer inlet shall not exceed 150° F while operating in service. Main air line check valve located between the air compressor and the first reservoir shall be accessible for maintenance. A means shall be provided to establish the check valve to be in working order.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 12/20/2009

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14.10 14.10.1


Wheels shall be Alcoa DuraBrite, model no. 896524 , hub piloted type aluminum with ten (10) holes and shall be machined aluminum forged disc wheels. Hand holds shall be large enough to readily handle the wheel and to ensure that the inner tire of a dual can be aired up or can be checked for pressure. Wheel size shall be 22.5” x 9.00” and all wheels shall be interchangeable and shall be removable without a puller. Wheels shall be compatible with tires in size and loadcarrying capacity. Front wheels and tires shall be balanced as an assembly. Wheels shall be capable of taking Goodyear Transit B305/85R22.5 tires and shall be capable of taking both radial and bias ply tires. One (1) spare wheel with tire mounted per bus shall be supplied to Somerset County and delivered with the bus when it arrives in New Jersey.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.10.2 TIRES

Tires shall be suitable for the conditions of transit service and sustained operation at the maximum speed capability of the bus, or the national speed limit whichever is lower. Load on any tire at GVWR shall not exceed the tire supplier's rating

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.12 14.12.1 FUEL SYSTEM FUEL TANK

A stainless steel or aluminum fuel tank shall be provided and securely mounted under the forward section of the bus to prevent movement during bus maneuvers, and shall be easily removable for cleaning or replacement. Fuel tank capacity shall be at least 125 gallons. The fuel tank shall be equipped with an external, hex head, brass drain plug that is at least a 3/8 inch size and shall be located at the lowest point of the tank. The tank shall have a removable filler neck to permit cleaning and inspection, access covers shall not be provided. The tank shall be baffled internally to prevent fuel sloshing noise regardless of fill level. Baffles shall run the full height and length of tank. The baffles and fuel pickup location shall assure continuous full power operation on a 6-percent upgrade for 15 minutes starting with no more than 25 gallons of fuel over the unusable amount in the tank. The fuel pickup screen/tube shall be fastened to a baffle to insure the pickup screen stays at the bottom of the tank. Fuel shall be drawn through the fuel tank pickup tube fitted with a screen that shall prevent debris from entering the fuel line. The screen shall not require servicing during the 12 year service life of the bus. The fuel tank shall have a permanently affixed plaque stating manufacturer, certification, capacity, and date of manufacture. The plaque shall be clean and legible after the undercoating process, and shall comply with E.P.A. requirements. The plaque shall be fully visible when the fuel door is opened; however, if this is not possible, the plaque must be fully visible without having to remove or drop the fuel tank.



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A fuel filler system shall be located on the right side of the bus that provides a connection between the refueling nozzle and the fuel neck of the fuel tank. The fuel filler shall be designed to fill the fuel tank to the full point, shall automatically shut off when fueling is complete, and shall eliminate foaming and blow back. The filler cap shall be recessed into the body so that spilled fuel shall not run onto the outside surface of the bus. The filler shall accommodate a fill rate of forty (40) gallons per minute of foam-free fuel without causing the nozzle to shut off before the tank is full. An audible signal shall indicate when the tank is essentially full. A conical shaped screen shall be installed to reduce entry of dirt and debris into the fuel tank.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 14.13 BUMPER SYSTEM

Both front and rear bumper systems shall be Romeo RIM, energy absorbing type utilizing the following materials and construction. Energy absorbing modules are to be a self-restoring integral black urethane, with a minimum 1700 psi tensile strength, 250% elongation and 350 psi tear strength. The back structure is to be fabricated with aluminum or high strength steel, and provide a single, full length structural support for the modules. The bumper construction shall provide for the disassembly and service of the modules and structural components independently of one another. Bumpers shall provide impact protection for the fifteen (15”) inches for the front bumper and thirteen (13”) inches for the rear bumper above the ground; however, the Contractor may provide their standard bumper location provided the bus structure is protected from damage upon impact. The bumpers shall wrap around the bus to the extent practicable without exceeding allowable bus width The front bumper and its mounting shall provide impact protection to the bus and bumper at curb weight from no less than three 5 mph impacts with a fixed, flat barrier perpendicular to the longitudinal centerline of the bus (with no greater than ten minutes recovery period between impacts.) The front bumper shall protect the bus and a stationary 4000 pound, post-1973, American automobile from damage as a result of impacting at 6.5 mph into the rear bumper of the SUV 30 degree angle to the longitudinal centerline of the bus. The rear bumper and its mounting shall provide impact protection to the bus and bumper at curb weight from no less than three 2 mph impacts with a fixed, flat barrier perpendicular to the longitudinal centerline of the bus (with no greater than ten minutes recovery period between impacts.) The rear bumper shall protect the bus when impacted by the striker defined in FMVSS 301 loaded to 4000 pounds, at 4 mph parallel to, or up to a 30 degree angle to, the longitudinal centerline of the bus.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 15.1 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The electrical control and wiring system shall be I/O Controls DINEX G3 Multiplex System or approved equal. The use of relays shall be avoided to the extent practical. The use of relays to drive multiple loads, such as interior lighting ballasts and/or exterior marker lights, from one multiplex module output shall not be allowed. All individual loads of 10 amps or less shall be driven directly by a multiplex module output. Loads maybe combined to be driven by a single output as long as the combined amperage of the combined loads is 10 amps or less. Individual


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multiplex system outputs shall be capable of driving loads with current requirements of 30 amps continuous without the use of relays , for known high current applications, such as the heater fan motor, defroster fan motor and booster fan motor, if applicable. Versatility and future expansion of the system shall be provided for by expandable system architecture. The system components shall be capable of performing reliable operation in an environment of between minus 40 C to plus 85 C while encountering mobile shock and vibrations. To ensure that the multiplex system is capable of withstanding the mobile shock and vibration encountered by a transit vehicle all components internal to the multiplex modules including integrated circuits and connectors shall be soldered. Additionally to ensure the reliability of the multiplex system the internal components of the multiplex modules shall contain no sockets or plugs. Each module shall be adequately shielded to prevent interference by EMI and RFI. For maximum protection of the multiplex system and to protect the entire control network from the outside environment, such as the environmental hazards of welding, all inputs and outputs shall be optically isolated. Dedicated feedback points for each output shall be part of the system to provide the capability of monitoring each isolated output load and/or output load circuit plus output fuse status via PDA or PC. The multiplex power source shall be isolated thereby avoiding any ground noise.

The proposed multiplex network system shall provide the Intelligent Key feature. This Intelligent Key feature is an external device containing the ID number that can be easily attached to or removed from a module. The purpose of this ID key is to eliminate the need of writing ID numbers with a special tool when replacing modules in the field. The program for operating the bus shall be contained in the MBC (Main Bus Controller). A single downloading point shall be located on the bus for reprogramming. Two additional modules (spare zone computers) shall be included.
The components of the multiplex system shall be of modular designed thereby providing for ease of replacement by field maintenance personnel. Furthermore, each module shall utilize LED’s to indicate input status, output status, circuit integrity and assist in rapid circuit diagnostics and verification of the load and wiring integrity. Without the use of relays each output of the module shall be capable of providing a current load of up to 10 Amperes of continues or 20 Amperes intermittent. Individual multiplex outputs shall be capable of driving loads with current requirements of 30 amps continuous without the use of relays. The internal control device shall be a solid-state device, providing an extended life service cycle. Each unique output of a module shall be equipped with its own fuse to protect each individual load circuit for over current protection. Each fuse current rating shall be selected to correspond to the operation current requirements of each unique load. Highly visible, easily accessible fuses are required to assist in the rapid diagnostic of malfunctions of the load circuit. With the exception of the headlight circuit, no self re-settable fuses will be accepted. Programmable time delay functions and integrated flasher capabilities shall be contained in the control module. The system shall have 32 Kilobytes of memory for use as a data logger to log system anomalies for future retrieval. To further reduce vehicle wiring and increase vehicle reliability the multiplex system shall be connected directly with the engine / transmission via a J1939 or J1708 gateway. Signals transmitted / received shall include, but are not limited to, check engine, stop engine and check transmission. Transmitted data may further be combined with multiplex system data and logged on an optional data logger for system failure analysis at a later date. Spare system inputs and outputs are required. A minimum of 10% spares for both inputs and outputs in each unique multiplex zone are required. A multiplex zone is defined as a multiplex module or group of multiplex modules that are separated by a distance of more that three feet. Where the 10% requirement results in a fraction of a spare input and/or output the required


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number will in all cases be rounded up to the next whole number even if this requires the installation of an additional multiplex input and/or output module.

MULTIPLEX SOFTWARE Bidders are requested to include with their bid, if available, additional cost for any multiplex software.

Option Cost:_________________________________________________________________ 15.2 ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION

The electrical system shall provide and distribute power to ensure satisfactory performance of all electrical components. The alternator shall be a Delco 50 DN 270 amp, 24-volt brushless type, gear or belt driven from the engine, with an output capacity sufficient to meet the requirements of the bus and this specification. The alternator shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. The alternator shall be capable of providing a minimum of 200 amperes at an engine idle of 700 RPM. The voltage regulator shall be a transistor type and shall be compatible with the operating characteristics of the alternator. The system shall supply a nominal 24 volts of direct current and may employ alternating current up to 220 volts provided that it does not present an electrical shock hazard. Precautions shall be incorporated and specialized equipment shall be employed to provide all bus electronic systems (radio, fare collection and destination sign systems) with purified nominal 12 volts DC supply. These measures are further defined in Section 3.6.5 Electrical Components. Precautions shall be taken to minimize hazards to service personnel. Transient voltages above 220 volts may be used in fluorescent lighting systems. The power generating system shall be rated sufficiently higher than the total possible electrical load to maintain the charge on the batteries at all operating conditions including the engine at idle. The alternator(s) shall be sized to provide the electrical load plus 15% reserve. The Contractor and the alternator manufacturer’s representative shall test the bus charging system and demonstrate compliance with this requirement. All circuits shall be protected by circuit breakers or fuses. Fuses shall be used only where it can be demonstrated that circuit breakers are not practicable, and they shall be easily accessible for replacement. Redundant grounds shall be used for all electrical equipment except where it can be demonstrated that redundant grounds are not practical. One ground may be the bus body and framing. Grounds shall not be carried through hinges, bolted joints (except those specifically designed as electrical connectors), or power plant mountings. Major wiring harnesses shall not be located under the bus floor and under-floor wiring shall be eliminated to the extent practicable. Wiring and electrical equipment necessarily located under the bus shall be insulated from water, heat, corrosion, and mechanical damage.




Design of the electrical system shall be modular so that each major component, apparatus panel, or wiring bundle is easily separable with standard hand tools or by means of connectors. Each module, except the main body wiring harness, shall be removable and replaceable in less than 30 minutes by a mechanic. Power plant wiring shall be an independent wiring module.


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Replacement of the engine compartment wiring module(s) shall not require pulling wires through any bulkhead or removing any terminals from the wires.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.4 JUNCTION BOXES

All relays, controller, flashers, and other electrical components shall be mounted in easily accessible junction boxes. The boxes shall be sealed to prevent moisture from normal sources, including engine compartment cleaning, from reaching the electrical components and shall prevent fire that may occur inside the box from propagating outside the box. The rear junction box shall be located away from the surge tank or properly protected from coolant overflows. The components and circuits in each box shall be identified and their locations recorded on a schematic drawing permanently glued to or printed on the inside of the box cover or door. The drawing shall be protected from oil, grease, fuel, and abrasion. A rear start and run control box shall be mounted in an accessible location in the engine compartment. No electrical controls shall be located where spillover from the surge tank can wash over the electrical controls or enter junction boxes. The rear start and run control junction box shall also contain the two tier visual warning indicators for the Engelhard DPS backpressure monitoring system. The two tier visual warning shall be one yellow colored LED light and one red colored LED light. The lights shall be labeled “Exhaust Filter Backpressure Status”. In addition to the DPX backpressure indicators, the contractor shall install the remainder of the DPX backpressure system in an environment suitable to long life of the components. The DPX backpressure system shall include a system ECM, system wiring and connectors and plumbing for reading filter backpressure. Care shall be taken to route electrical harnesses from junction boxes to facilitate troubleshooting and to reduce defects. Terminal strips and/or blocks shall be used to make connections. Spade type connectors shall not be utilized.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.5 WIRING AND TERMINALS

All wiring between major electrical components and terminations, except battery wiring, shall have double electrical insulation, shall be waterproof, and shall meet specification requirements of SAE Recommended Practice J555 and J1128 -Type SXL, TXL (for the transmission or GXL for engine harness. Exempt from this requirement are the harnesses for a ZF transmission and a ThermoKing HVAC system wiring. All wiring harnesses manufactured for buses purchased under this contract shall be designed and manufactured specifically for the operation of all sub components installed on the buses. Absolutely no additional wires/component circuits shall be externally added to existing assembled and insulated harnesses. Harnesses shall be properly designed and sized to the bus such that no "Figure 8's" are incorporated into the electrical wiring/harnesses. Battery wiring shall conform to specification requirements of SAE Standard J1127-Type SGX and SAE Recommended Practice J541. All wiring shall be properly grouped, numbered, and color-coded full length. Numbering shall be stamped at least every three inches (3"). Installation shall permit ease of replacement. All wiring harnesses over 5-feet long and containing at least two (2) wires shall include at least 2 or 10 percent excess wires whichever is greater for spares that are the same size as the largest wire in the harness excluding the battery cables. In addition, twelve (12) spare wires distributed proportionally between the lightest and heaviest gauge used (excluding battery cables) shall be provided between the front and rear junction boxes. Wiring harnesses shall not contain wires of different voltages unless all wires within the harness are sized to carry the current and insulated for the highest voltage wire in the


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harness. Double insulation shall be maintained as close to the terminals as practicable. The requirements for double insulation shall be met by wrapping harnesses with plastic electrical tape or by sheathing all wires and harnesses with nonconductive, rigid or flexible conduit. Grommets of elastomeric material shall be provided at points where wiring penetrates metal structure. Wiring supports shall be nonconductive. Precautions shall be taken to avoid damage from heat, water, solvents, or chafing. Wiring length shall allow replacement of end terminals twice without pulling, stretching, or replacing the wire. Battery cables and alternator/generator output cables shall utilize heavy duty AMP terminal ends. All battery cables and start circuit cables shall have red color insulation. All corresponding ground circuit cables shall be black in color. Except for those on large wires such as battery cables, terminals shall be crimped to the wiring. Terminals shall be full ring type or interlocking and corrosion-resistant. T splices may be used when it is less than 25,000 circular mills of copper in cross-section: a mechanical clamp is used in addition to solder on the splice; the wire supports no mechanical load in the area of the splice; and the wire is supported to prevent flexing.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.6 15.6.1 ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

All electrical components, including switches, relays, flashers, and circuit breakers, shall be heavy-duty designs. Only circuit breakers manufactured by E-T-A or Mechanical Devices, except for ThermoKing HVAC unit which uses Airpax circuit breakers, shall be supplied. Only toggle switches manufactured by Carling Switch with nickel-coated brass stems shall be supplied. Only relays manufactured by Bosch or Potter-Brumfield, are to be supplied. Automatic, re-settable circuit breakers shall not be used. To the extent practicable, these components shall be designed to last the service life of the bus and shall be replaceable in less than five (5) minutes by a mechanic. Sockets of plug-in components shall be polarized where required for proper function and the components shall be positively retained. Any manual reset circuit breakers critical to the operation of the bus shall be mounted in a location convenient to the operator with visible indication of open circuits. Electric motors shall be located for easy replacement and, except for the cranking motor, the brushes shall be replaceable in less than fifteen (15) minutes without removing the motor. Provision shall be made to ensure that the lubrication line for alternator bearing is secured to prevent lubricant leaks. A dedicated and isolated circuit shall be incorporated that provides a filtered, conditioned power supply to specified electronic systems. This shall be accomplished by utilizing a DC/DC converter manufactured by Wilmore Electronics Company, Model #1645-24-13-30. This DC/DC converter shall be connected across the bus 24 volt power source and shall provide a conditioned, regulated 13.6 volts DC. This DC/DC converter shall provide a minimum of 30 amps DC. If all combined electronic loads consume more than 75% of the maximum current capabilities of the converter, a second DC/DC converter shall be utilized and the electronic loads shall be split such that one DC/DC converter shall be the power source for the radio system, while the other converter shall be the power source for the other electronic systems (fare collection ). Destination signs are to be powered on/off through the multiplex system. This conditioned, regulated power source shall be labeled Electronic Systems Conditioned Power Source. If two converters are used, the output of one converter shall be labeled ESCPS1 and the output of the other converter shall be labeled ESCPS2. Dual electric horns shall be provided. Horns shall be positioned to be protected from road hazards and the elements. The horn trumpets shall be down turned to assure drainage of any moisture that may have entered.


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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.6.2 BATTERIES

Batteries shall be easily accessible for inspection and serviceable only from outside the bus by opening the battery service door. This door shall be latched and require a “T” key to open. The batteries shall be securely mounted on a stainless steel sliding tray. The battery tray shall accommodate a lead-acid battery system and shall properly support the batteries during service, filling with automatic equipment, inspection, and replacement. A positive lock shall retain the battery tray in the normal position. Batteries shall be of premium construction and shall be fitted with threaded stud terminals. Batteries shall be 8D with 1100 cold cranking (CCA) amp capacity with 450 CCA reserve minimum. Positive and negative terminals shall have different size studs, and the battery terminals and cables shall be arranged to prevent incorrect installation. Battery terminals shall be located for access in less than thirty (30) seconds with jumper cables. No less than two conventional lead-acid batteries conforming to SAE Standard J537-Type 20T8 shall be provided. Battery cables shall be flexible and sufficiently long to reach the batteries in extended positions without stretching or pulling on any connection and shall not lie on top of the batteries. The battery terminals and cables shall be color-coded with red for the primary positive, black for negative, and another color for any intermediate voltage cables. A Sparton slave connection to the batteries shall provide a direct connection to the batteries for jump starting.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.6.3 MASTER BATTERY SWITCHES

A master battery switch shall be provided near the batteries to provide complete, simultaneous disconnecting of the batteries from all bus 12 & 24 volt electrical systems. The master switch shall be a "knife" type switch located behind an easily opened spring hinged door on or near the battery compartment door. Rotary style switches are not acceptable. The master switch shall be accessible in less than ten (10) seconds for operation. The master switch shall be capable of carrying and interrupting the total circuit load. Opening the master switch with the powerplants operating shall not damage any component of the electrical system. A second and independent master switch shall disconnect all electronic circuits from the bus electrical system that are powered through the Wilmore converter.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.6.4 FIRE DETECTORS

The Amerex, fire suppression system shall provide fire detection capabilities to comply with this section. The Contractor is prohibited from installing additional detection devices to accommodate this system requirement. The sensors shall detect over temperature in the critical areas and shall activate the fire alarm bell and warning light in the operator's compartment and the fire suppression system. The sensors shall return to normal setting and deactivate alarms when the temperature returns to normal.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 15.6.5 RADIO NOISE SUPPRESSION

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cause interference with any electronic system on the bus. Suppression shall be in accordance with SAE Practice J1708 and FCC standards.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING AND VENTILATION 16.1 GENERAL

The heating, air conditioning and air ventilation system shall operate on R22, and be integrated to the maximum extent possible. The system shall be capable of automatically maintaining all parts of the passenger compartment at temperatures between 65 degrees F and 80 degrees F with ambient temperatures from minus 10 degrees F to 110 degrees F and 80 % relative humidity. Interior temperature, from front to rear of bus shall not vary more than ± 3 degrees F from the average. All material used in any part of the bus climate control system shall be of inherently corrosion resistant materials and all hardware shall be American grade Series 300 stainless steel. Whenever dissimilar metals are in contact or proximity, appropriate coatings, insulation or connections shall be used to prevent galvanic corrosion. The bus shall be equipped with a ThermoKing model LRT-HP rooftop HVAC unit, with the condenser section evaporator mounted on the roof with a TK X430 reciprocating air conditioning compressor. The Contractor shall demonstrate that the roof structure of the bus properly supports the rooftop HVAC unit. The control of the system shall be the IntelligAIRE II control system with the smart controller diagnostic feature. The A/C compressor shall be driven by the main engine through a belt or have direct drive. Compressor shall have the ability to cycle the clutch on/off at any speed when internal temperatures reach preset parameters and shall have replaceable cylinder liners. The clutch shall be able to engage at any speed without sustaining damage. The interior return air filter(s) for the air conditioning system shall be a washable nylon screen within a woven nylon frame manufactured by All American Air Filters, Inc. or approved equal. The evaporator shall be located within the same frame as the heater core for “Reheat Cycle” and humidity control. Fans shall operate only when the alternator is charging. All fan motors shall be ThermoKing, brushless and encapsulated to shield them from dust and dirt. The charging system shall be equipped with backseatable service ports at the service valve location. The air conditioning system shall be equipped with replaceable driers (dehydrators) of sufficient size for the proposed system. All flexible hoses that carry refrigerant shall be approved by the manufacturer of the A/C system and shall have suitable sheathing. The suction and discharge hoses at the compressor shall be corrugated stainless steel with stainless steel overbraid. Manually controlled back-seated shut-off valves shall be stainless steel stem and brass valve bodies. Shut off valves in the refrigerant lines shall allow isolation of the compressor, refrigerant filters, and replaceable dryer. To the extent practicable, self-sealing couplings shall be used to break and seal the refrigerant lines during removal of major components. . The climate control system heating and air conditioning distribution ducts shall be located above bus windows and be provided along both sides of the bus interior for the full length of the side windows. Duct size, installation, mounting hardware and soundproofing shall comply with the climate control system manufacturer's recommended specifications and practices.


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The system shall be designed with return air ducts and the system shall introduce not more than 20% fresh outside air at all times. All duct openings shall be protected by guards constructed of a sturdy mesh that shall resist insertion of foreign objects or damage from vandalism. Heat shall be provided to entrance areas via a Mobile Climate Control dedicated step well heater connected to the main coolant system to avoid accumulation of ice and snow on the steps. Additionally, an electrical resistance mat under the finished flooring material shall heat the first step tread at the entrance door. The heat grid shall be activated whenever the windshield defroster blower motor switch is in the “ON” position. A front dash heater and defroster system shall be provided in the front dash compartment. System shall be separate from and operate independent from the main climate control system. A heater unit of at least 48,000 BTU output is required. A three-speed blower shall be provided with an air volume of a minimum of 500 CFM with a separate switch. This system shall be adequate to provide 65 to 70 degrees F in the operator's area whatever the outside ambient temperature. Defroster outlets shall be provided so that the entire windshield and operator's side window shall be kept free from frost or fog. Defroster unit shall meet the requirements of SAE Recommended Practice J382, Windshield Defrosting Systems Performance Requirements, and shall have the capacity of diverting heated air to the operator's feet and legs. Individual controls for the front dash heater, defroster, ventilation mode and multiple speed blower shall be located in the operator's compartment within easy reach of the seated operator. The bus interior climate control system shall deliver at least 100 cubic feet per minute of air to the operator‟s area when operating in the ventilating and cooling modes. The operator‟s area shall be equipped with adjustable nozzles permitting variable distribution or shut down of the airflow when operating in the ventilating and cooling modes. The bus temperature control system shall be designed for semi-automatic climate control of the air conditioning and heating of the bus as an integrated system. Control provided to the operator shall be by a toggle switch. Common controls, ducting and outlets shall be utilized to dispense and circulate the air into the bus interior in a manner to provide maximum comfort for the passengers and operator. All circulated air shall be filtered and a maximum of 20% of the volume of air introduced for each cycle shall be taken into the system from the outside. The conditioned air shall be distributed in air ducts mounted above the side windows down the length of the bus and dispersed through openings at the side windows and at the ceiling. There shall be an operator controlled booster blower in the duct above the operator‟s area. Heating system water lines shall be heavy-duty copper or brass tubing except where shock absorbing or flexing lines are required and all lines shall be installed with best practice to prevent damage to the coolant lines.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.2 16.2.1 AIR FLOW PASSENGER AREA

The cooling mode of the interior climate control system shall introduce air into the bus at or near the ceiling height at a minimum rate of 25 cubic feet per minute per passenger based on the standard configuration bus with full standee load. This air shall be composed of not more than 20 percent outside air. Airflow shall be evenly distributed throughout the bus with air velocity not exceeding 60 feet per minute on any passenger. The ventilating mode shall circulate air at


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a minimum flow rate of 25 cubic feet per minute per passenger minimum. Airflow may be reduced to 15 cubic feet per minute per passenger when operating in the heating mode with full standee load. Heated air introduced into the bus shall contain no more than 20 percent outside air.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.2.2 AIR INTAKES

All interior air circulated by the air conditioning and heating unit shall be filtered to comply with a 440 gram holding capacity and an average arrestance of 76% when tested in accordance with AHSRAE 52-76 procedure. Filter material shall maintain shape and insure filtration of all air passing through the evaporator and heater coils. The filter media shall be fire retardant meeting the requirements of FMVSS302. Air filters shall be cleanable and easily removable for service. Moisture drains from air intake openings shall be located so that they shall not be subject to clogging from road dirt and shall not drain onto any operating components. Outside openings for air intake shall be located to ensure cleanliness of air entering the climate control system, particularly with respect to exhaust emissions from the bus and adjacent traffic. All intake openings shall be baffled to prevent entry of snow, sleet or water. An air intake shall provide fresh air directly to the operator‟s area.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.2.3 OPERATOR'S AREA

The bus interior climate control system shall deliver at least 100 cubic feet per minute of air to the operator's area when operating in the ventilating and cooling modes. Adjustable nozzles shall permit variable distribution of or shut down of the airflow. Airflow in the heating mode shall be reduced proportionately to the reduction of airflow into the passenger area. The windshield defroster unit shall meet the requirements of SAE recommended Practice J382, Windshield Defrosting System Performance Requirements, and shall have the capability of diverting heated air to the operator's feet and legs. Fans or vents shall not be located directly over the operator's head.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.3 TEMPERATURE AND ELECTRICAL CONTROLS

The HVAC system shall be equipped with ThermoKing IntelligAIRE II microprocessor based, controller that shall provide continuous monitoring of the air conditioning system‟s critical pressures and temperatures, compressor clutch engagement, bus interior temperature and ambient temperature. An LED display panel shall be mounted at a convenient location on the operator's console to display bus interior temperature, ambient temperature and thermostat set point temperature by pressing a keypad. The thermostat set point temperature shall be programmed to be operator adjustable between high and low temperature setting limits. Interior climate control operating modes are to be selected by a three position (heat, off, A/C) toggle switch located at the operator‟s console. The controller is to react to the digital inputs and shall control the air conditioning system in the mode which has been selected. When the toggle switch is placed in the A/C mode, the A/C system shall operate on reheat. When the toggle switch is placed in the HEAT mode, the controller provides power to the hot water coolant


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valve (s) and the interior temperature of the bus is maintained by controlling power to the hot water coolant valve (s) and hot water boost pump motor (s). The water coolant valve shall be equipped with a viton diaphragm. An evaporator / heater blower speed switch located on the operator's side console provides high and low speed air flow in the bus. In A/C mode, this switch is to be overridden so that blowers operate on high speed. An A/C stoplight is located on the LED display panel. A red LED shall activate anytime the controller monitoring system shuts the unit down because of a malfunction, out of limit condition or electrical failure. The controller shall monitor evaporator coil temperature and compressor discharge temperature. If either temperature approaches its limit, the controller shall cause the A/C system to take corrective action but shall not shut the unit down unless the corrective action continues for a predetermined length of time. The microprocessor based controller shall provide diagnostics to monitor the A/C units critical operating parameters. The controller shall activate a yellow LED on the driver display panel if an out-of-limit condition occurs. A code is automatically logged into the controller's memory and it shall proceed with a corrective action to the A/C system. If corrective action is not successful or the A/C unit does not return to normal operation within a specified period of time, the controller shall shut down the A/C system and the red A/C stop LED shall be activated on the operator's display panel. Logged alarm codes may be read but not cleared from the operator's display panel. Codes may be cleared by using the appropriate plug-in service tool. The controller shall be pre-programmed for operator interior temperature control range of 67oF to 77oF. The air conditioning unit controller shall be pre-programmed to operate in the A/C mode with REHEAT mode, HEAT mode and OFF. There shall be a unitized control panel consisting of reliable electro mechanical relays, magnetic motor circuit breakers, bimetal control circuit breaker and terminal board for ease of troubleshooting. The control panel shall be located in the evaporator/heater return air area and shall not be accessible to the operator or passengers. The control panel shall include a 6 pin electrical receptacle that shall allow interface with a hand held diagnostic display tool. An RS232 receptacle that shall allow interface with a laptop computer shall be provided.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.4 REFRIGERANT SYSTEM PLUMBING AND PIPING

The HVAC system shall be equipped with a refrigerant receiver tank installed horizontally with a vertical pickup tube to ensure a steady supply of liquid refrigerant to the expansion valve (s). The receiver tank shall meet all ASTM requirements. A refrigerant moisture indicator shall be provided in the liquid line or on the receiver tank to indicate the presence of moisture in the refrigerant system. The unit shall have a disposable liquid line filter/dehydrator having maximum moisture capacity for use in transit bus A/C applications with R22 or R134a refrigerant, depending on the refrigerant selected by the Contractor. The expansion valve (s) shall be externally equalized. They shall have a replaceable power head and cage assembly and be equipped with a 100mesh screen at the inlet to prevent contaminants from plugging the seat. The superheat shall be factory set, requiring no field adjustment. The expansion valve bulb shall be clamped to the suction line in the evaporator compartment and insulated from effects of surrounding air temperature. The expansion valve body shall be properly secured and mounted in the return air area for ease of access. Suction and discharge hoses shall be provided to connect the air conditioning unit to the compressor. The discharge hose shall have welded ORS swivel fittings with stainless steel


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convoluted internal liner and stainless steel exterior braid or with a nylon corrugated internal liner and polyester exterior braid. The suction hose shall have crimped ORS swivel fittings with nylon corrugated internal liner and polyester exterior braid. Length of hoses shall be kept to a minimum. The discharge ORS fitting shall use a brass sealing ring and the suction ORS fitting shall use a neoprene O-ring. All copper tubing provided shall be refrigeration grade, Series 122 seamless type meeting ASTM specifications. All solder joints shall be silver soldered except for serviceable components in the low side of the system. All flux and scale shall be cleaned from solder joints after soldering and all tubing exposed to ambient shall be sprayed with fungus proof varnish. All JIC and SAE fittings of ¾ inch flare size and larger shall include O-rings for added sealing protection. O-ring material shall be compatible with R22 or R134a refrigerant, depending the type of refrigerant used. Upon completion of HVAC system installation, the Contractor shall evacuate the entire system in accordance with the HVAC system manufacturer‟s recommendations to eliminate any residual moisture.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.5 PROTECTIVE CONTROLS

The air conditioning system shall be equipped with the following protective controls: High-pressure cutout switch Low-pressure cutout switch Ambient sensing switch High-pressure relief valve These switches shall interrupt the compressor energizing circuit. Both the high and lowpressure switches shall energize the A/C fault light at the operator's console.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.6 HEATING AND VENTILATING

The main heating and ventilation systems shall be Thermo King. The main heating system shall be thermostatically controlled utilizing a hot water solenoid valve that is controlled electrically providing flow of hot engine coolant through the air conditioning unit heater coil for even outlet air temperature. The one (1) hot water boost pump is to operate only when the thermostat or defroster requires heat. The heating system shall have a capacity of at least 179,000 BTUs at 100° F water to air temperature differential. Water circulating pump (s) shall be a brushless design manufactured by EG & G Rotron, of a design not requiring annual bearing replacement and shall be readily accessible for service and inspection. This unit shall have a capacity of 16 gallons per minute for adequate circulation throughout the bus. All heater and water lines shall be heavy duty copper or brass except where shock absorbing or flex lines are required. All joints shall be of the slip fit solder type and the lines shall be enclosed within the body or passenger area, with the exception that lines to the operator's heater may be routed under the operator‟s platform provided they are heavily insulated. Operator's heater core blower shall be readily accessible and installed to permit easy removal. Core is to be constructed of copper or brass. Tank shall be a minimum 0.040 brass; core tube fins shall be 0.006 wall thickness; a minimum of nine fins per inch is required.


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EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 16.7 ELECTRICAL WIRING AND TERMINALS

All unit wiring shall be UL758, Style 3173/3196 having copper strands with tinned alloy coating rated for up to 600 volts. The insulation shall be cross-linked polyethylene, rated for 125 degrees C and shall be white in color with permanent video jet ink dot matrix style or hot stamp number coding the entire length at a spacing of 1 to 3 inches maximum. All terminals shall be “forklok” or ring-type with vinyl insulation. All terminals shall be machine crimped. Hand crimping is not acceptable. All terminations exposed to ambient shall be coated with glyptol for corrosion protection.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM & PERIPHERAL DEVICES 17.1 EMERGENCY ALARM

A switch shall be provided to operate in conjunction with the destination sign to permit activation of the destination sign emergency modes (see Section, Destination Signs). The switch shall be a heavy-duty momentary double pole double throw snap action type switch. This switch shall be silent in operation with contacts sealed against dirt and moisture. This switch shall be rated at a minimum of one ampere of current at 12 volts and be capable of a minimum of 500,000 activations without failure or a measurable increase in electrical resistance. This switch shall be mounted on the driver‟s left hand console directly across from the driver‟s seat and shall be a guarded toggle to enable the bus operator to actuate the switch with his/her left hand. The destination sign mentioned in Section shall be wired utilizing one set of the double pole double throw contacts on this switch. A pair of #20 AWG stranded, black insulated wires shall be connected to a normally closed circuit on the switch and routed to the radio compartment where the radio logic unit shall be mounted. These wires shall be shielded to prevent external interference.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 17.2 PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM

A Clever Devices‟ SpeakEasy2 public address system, shall be installed that enables the operator to address passengers either inside or outside the bus. A total of eight (8) interior flush mounted speakers shall be Misco JC5FD, and shall broadcast, in a clear tone, announcements that are clearly perceived from all seat positions at approximately the same volume level. Exterior speakers, Clever Devices part no. 112-001-0001, shall be provided outside the entrance and exit doors so that announcements can be clearly heard by passengers standing near the door(s). Speakers shall be located near the door at ear level. An operator-controlled switch shall select inside or outside announcements. A separate volume control shall be provided for the outside system if volume adjustment would otherwise be necessary when switching from inside to outside. The system shall be muted when not in use. The microphone shall not interfere with the operation of the mobile radio system. The microphone shall be a Clever Devices SpeakEasy2 hands-free microphone. The unit shall be composed of a microphone, electronics, tamper resistant housing including conduit and wiring from the housing to the bus PA system and existing speakers. The microphone shall provide hands-free operation. A foot switch shall be provided for activating SpeakEasy2 for inside announcements. An LED shall be provided for indicating that the system is recording.


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An outside announcement shall be recordable via a push button on the SpeakEasy2 housing. Once recorded, the outside announcement shall be triggered automatically upon opening the door by a 24 volt DC discrete signal input. No external amplifier shall be required of the outside announcement. An additional on/off switch shall give the operator the ability to disable playing the outside message and re-enable it at the operator‟s discretion. Audio quality shall be sufficient to be heard clearly throughout the bus without any feedback and shall have a minimum of background noise. The length of the messages shall be 15 seconds maximum each for inside and outside messages. SpeakEasy2 shall play clearly with the operator speaking from a normally seated position. Messages shall not repeat and the outside volume shall be 91 dBA maximum. SpeakEasy2 shall minimize background noise.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ 17.3 SAFETY EQUIPMENT

On board safety equipment per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations part 393 shall be provided with each bus. The following equipment shall be mounted out of the way but shall be readily accessible. Amerex fire extinguisher, with 5 pound capacity, Underwriters' Laboratories rating of A,B,C or more, marked as such with charge indicator and mounted in a bracket. Safety triangles shall be provided and installed in a mutually agreed to location. Three bidirectional emergency reflective triangles conforming to FMVSS 125 stored in a plastic molded case.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ MANUALS
One complete set of manuals including (if available) CD‟s, DVD and Internet Access shall be provided with each bus. The specific manuals listed below are provided: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Operator's Manual (minimum 6) Engine Maintenance Manual Transmission Maintenance Manual Air Conditioner Maintenance Manual Heater Parts and Diagram Manual Pneumatic System Maintenance Manual Complete As-Built Electrical Schematics Body Maintenance Manual (As built) consisting of, at a minimum, preventative maintenance sheet, body care, and all available subcomponent manuals 9. Engine Parts List 10. Transmission Parts List 11. Air Conditioner Parts List 12. Chassis Maintenance consisting of, at a minimum, axle, brake, and suspension subcomponent manuals and lubrication guide and chassis torque specifications 13. Chassis Parts List with all available subcomponent parts manuals 14. Drive Train Parts List


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15. All warranty documentation


Bidders are requested to include with their bid, if available, additional cost for any diagnostic software for the following….     HVAC System Engine/Propulsion/Transmission Luminator Destination Sign System Mutilplex System

Option Cost:_________________________________________________________________ FRONT MOUNTED BICYCLE RACK
Bidders are requested to include with their bid, the cost of installing a „Sportworks‟ bike-rack which shall be supplied and installed in the front of the bus. The model shall be a DL2 S/S, with a positive latching system, locking in both the stowed and deployed positions. This stainless steel rack shall have an electro-polish finish giving it a brushed chrome-like appearance. A CBracket method for mounting to the energy absorbing front bumper shall be utilized according to the manufacturer‟s recommended guidelines.


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Option Cost:_________________________________________________________________ SERVICE TRAINING
The successful bidder shall provide a minimum of one day of training/instructions for the following      Vehicle Operation HVAC System Engine/Propulsion Mutilplex System (minimum one day training for 5 employees) Luminator Destination Sign System

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ DELIVERY
The bus shall be delivered within forty five (45) days from the date of receipt of a county issued purchase order. Vehicle shall be delivered completely lubricated, registered, NJMVC inspected and ready to operate. Vehicles shall be delivered with at least one half tank of fuel. Contractor shall deliver the specified vehicle Monday through Friday. No vehicles shall be delivered on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. Hours of delivery shall be 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 P.M.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ ACCEPTANCE:
Acceptance shall be based upon the following 1. Vehicle inspection in compliance with this specification, including materials and workmanship. 2. Satisfactory operation of all equipment. 3. Delivery and acceptance of all manuals 4. Delivery and acceptance of all engineering vehicle drawings and as built electrical schematics. 5. Documentation on unit weight certification for a fully equipped vehicle. 6. Applicable vehicle placard by chassis/cab manufacturer) and altered vehicle placard (by body builder) shall be prominently displayed in the cab as required by FMVSS. 7. Approved training program and schedule. 8. Two (2) complete sets of keys. Each set on a separate key ring.



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The parties hereby agree that if the Contractor fails to commence delivery within the time specified above or to complete delivery of all vehicles as specified in the delivery schedule or within such further time as may have been granted in accordance with the provisions of the contract, the Contractor shall pay to the County liquidated damages in the amount of $100 per vehicle per each calendar day the delivery is late.

EXCEPTIONS:_________________________________________________________ WARRANTY
New vehicle limited warranty should be at a minimum:       Chassis frame rails, cross members, body shell structural components including roof, sidewalls, floor and paint – 2 years/100,000 miles (100% parts and labor) Front and rear axle assemblies, suspension, drive shaft and support beams – 2 years/50,000 miles (100% parts and labor) Engine – 5 years/300,000 miles Transmission – 5 years/unlimited mileage Wheelchair lift, Air conditioning and Heating System – 2 years/50,000 miles or manufacturers warranty if it exceeds this term. (100% parts and labor) All other components – 2 years/50,000 miles

Bidder to supply copies of warranties as supplied with bid, including air conditioning, chassis, body and lift components.

EXCEPTIONS: __________________________________________________________________

Bidders are requested to include with their bid, if available, additional cost for any extended warranties.

Option Cost: _________________________________________________________________ SERVICE & REPAIR
The bidder shall have a service facility within reasonable distance (1 hour) of the County‟s garage and have mobile service and parts delivery program to be utilized for minor repairs or service during the warranty period. If repair can not be performed through mobile service bidder shall have available and provide pick-up service for off site warranty covered repairs during the first year of warranty and provide such service within three (3) working days of warranty repair notification. Bidder shall be able to handle all body, chassis and component warranty.

EXCEPTIONS: __________________________________________________________________


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Bids are requested for a contract for two ( 2 ) vehicles.

Bidder must include proof of business registration at time and date of bid opening, copy of New Jersey Business Registration Certificate must be attached to bid. Failure to submit proof of registration by bidder will be considered a mandatory rejection of bid. (failure to respond to this requirement may result in your bid being deemed non-responsive)


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The undersigned bidder(s) declares that he/she has read the Notice to Bidders, Instructions to Bidders, Affidavits and Specifications attached, that he/she has determined the conditions affecting the bid and agrees, if this proposal is accepted, to furnish and deliver the following:



$________________________/Unit Cost $________________________Total Cost

_________________________________________________________________ Year, Make & Model #

Option: Service Diagnostics Cost Option: Front Mounted Bicycle Rack Opton: Extended Warranty

$_____________________ $_____________________ $_____________________

(Corporation) The undersigned is a (Partnership) under the laws of the State of __________________________ having its (Individual) Principal office at Company Address Signature of Authorized Agent Title of Authorized Agent Telephone Number Fax Number Type or Print Name Date Email Address Federal I.D. # or Social Security #



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CHECK LIST ENCLOSURES: Non-Collusion Affidavit_____ Affirmative Action Statement_____ Stockholder Disclosure_____ Signed Proposal_____ Exceptions_____ NJ Business Registration Certificate_____ Co-op Agency Requirements Y/N_____


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COUNTY OF SOMERSET STOCKHOLDER DISCLOSURE CERTIFICATION N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2 (P.L. 1977 c.33) FAILURE OF THE BIDDER/RESPONDENT TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS CAUSE FOR AUTOMATIC REJECTION CHECK ONE: I certify that the list below contains the names and home addresses of all stockholders holding 10% or more of the issued and outstanding stock of the undersigned. I certify that no one stockholder owns 10% or more of the issued and outstanding stock of the undersigned. Check which business entity applies: Partnership Limited Partnership Subchapter S Corporation Corporation Limited Liability Partnership Other Sole Proprietorship Limited Liability Corporation

Complete if the bidder/respondent is one of the 3 types of Corporations: Date Incorporated: Business Address:

Where Incorporated:




Listed below are the names and addresses of all stockholders, partners or individuals who own 10% or more of its stock of any classes, or who own 10% or greater interest therein.





No Date:


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COUNTY OF SOMERSET NON-COLLUSION AFFIDAVIT State of _____________ County of _____________ ss:

I, _____________________________ of the City of ____________________________________ in the County of _____________________ and State of _________________________ of full age, being duly sworn according to law on my oath depose and say that: I am _____________________________ of the firm of ___________________________________ (Title or position) (Name of firm) the bidder making this Proposal for the above named project, and that I executed the said proposal with full authority so to do; that said bidder has not, directly or indirectly entered into any agreement, participated in any collusion, or otherwise taken any action in restraint of free, competitive bidding in connection with the above named project; and that all statements contained in said proposal and in this affidavit are true and correct, and made with full knowledge that the County of Somerset relies upon the truth of the statements contained in said proposal and in the statements contained in this affidavit in awarding the contract for the said project. I further warrant that no person or selling agency has been employed or retained to solicit or secure such contract upon an agreement or understanding for a commission, percentage, brokerage, or contingent fee, except bona fide employees or bona fide employees or bona fide established commercial or selling agencies maintained by_________________________________. (name of contractor) (N.J.S.A. 52:34-25) Subscribed and sworn to before me this _______day of ___________, _______. Signature (Type or print name of affiant under signature)

_______________________________________ Notary public of My Commission expires ___________________.


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If awarded a contract, all procurement and service contractors will be required to comply with the requirements of P.L. 1975, c. 127, (N.J.A.C. 17:27). Within seven (7) days after receipt of the notification of intent to award the contract or receipt of the contract, whichever is sooner, the contractor should present one of the following the Purchasing Agent: 1. 2. 3. A letter from the U.S. Department of Labor that the contractor has an existing federallyapproved or sanctioned Affirmative Action Program. OR A Certificate of Employee Information Report Approval. OR An Affirmative Action Employee Information Report (Form A.A. 302) OR

4. All successful contractors must submit at signing of the contract an Initial Project Manning Report (AA201) for any contract award that meets or exceeds the Public Agency bidding threshold (available upon request). NO FIRM MAY BE ISSUED A CONTRACT UNLESS THEY COMPLY WITH THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION REGULATIONS OF P.L. 1975, c. 127 The following questions must be answered by all bidders:
1. Do you have a federally-approved or sanctioned Affirmative Action Program? YES __________ NO __________ If yes, please submit a photostatic copy of such approval. 2. Do you have a State Certificate of Employee Information Report Approval? YES__________ NO _________ If yes, please submit a photostatic copy of such certificate. THE UNDERSIGNED CONTRACTOR CERTIFIES THAT HE IS AWARE OF THE COMMITMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF P.L. 1975, c. 127 AND AGREES TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION PURSUANT TO THE LAW. _ Company Signature Print Name Date NOTE: -RESPONSIVE IF A CONTRACTOR FAILS TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF P.L. 1975, c. 127, WITHIN THE TIME FRAME. Title


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EXHIBIT A N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 and N.J.A.C. 17:27 MANDATORY EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY LANGUAGE Goods, Professional Services and General Service Contracts (Mandatory Affirmative Action Language) During the performance of this contract, the contractor agrees as follows: The contractor or subcontractor, where applicable, will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex. Except with respect to affectional or sexual orientation, the contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that such applicants are recruited and employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex. Such action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. The contractor agrees to post in conspicuous places, available to employees and applicants for employment, notices to be provided by the Public Agency Compliance Officer setting for the provisions of this nondiscrimination clause. The contractor or subcontractor, where applicable will, in all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the contractor, state that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex. The contractor or subcontractor, where applicable, will send to each labor union or representative or workers with which it has a collective bargaining agreement or other contract or understanding, a notice, to be provided by the agency contracting officer, advising the labor union or workers' representative of the contractor's commitments under this act and shall post copies of the notice in conspicuous places available to employees and applicants for employment. The contractor or subcontractor, where applicable, agrees to comply with any regulations promulgated by the Treasurer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq., as amended and supplemented from time to time and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The contractor or subcontractor agrees to make good faith efforts to employ minority and women workers consistent with the applicable county employment goals established in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:27-5.2 or a binding determination of the applicable county employment goals determined by the Division, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 17:27-5.2. The contractor or subcontractor agrees to inform in writing its appropriate recruitment agencies including, but not limited to, employment agencies, placement bureaus, colleges, universities, labor unions, that it does not discriminate on the basis of age, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex, and that it will discontinue the use of any recruitment agency which engages in direct or indirect discriminatory practices. The contractor or subcontractor agrees to revise any of its testing procedures, if necessary, to assure that all personnel testing conforms with the principles of job-related testing, as established by the statutes and court decisions of the State of New Jersey and as established by applicable Federal law and applicable Federal court decisions. In conforming with the applicable employment goals, the contractor or subcontractor agrees to review all procedures relating to transfer, upgrading, downgrading and layoff to ensure that all such actions are taken without regard to age, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex, consistent with the statutes and court decisions of the State of New Jersey, and applicable Federal law and applicable Federal court decisions. The contractor shall submit to the public agency, after notification of award but prior to execution of a goods and services contract, one of the following three documents: Letter of Federal Affirmative Action Plan Approval Certificate of Employee Information Report Employee Information Report Form AA302 The contractor and its subcontractors shall furnish such reports or other documents to the Division of Contract Compliance and EEO as may be requested by the Division from time to time in order to carry out the purposes of these regulations, and public agencies shall furnish such information as may be requested by the Division of Contract Compliance & EEO for conducting a compliance investigation pursuant to Subchapter 10 of the Administrative Code at N.J.A.C. 17:27.


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Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disability

The Contractor and the Owner, do hereby agree that the provisions of Title 11 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the "Act") (42 U.S.C. S121 01 et seq.), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities in all services, programs, and activities provided or made available by public entities, and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant there unto, are made a part of this contract. In providing any aid, benefit, or service on behalf of the owner pursuant to this contract, the contractor agrees that the performance shall be in strict compliance with the Act. In the event that the contractor, its agents, servants, employees, or subcontractors violate or are alleged to have violated the Act during the performance of this contract, the contractor shall defend the owner in any action or administrative proceeding commenced pursuant to this Act. The contractor shall indemnify, protect, and save harmless the owner, its agents, servants, and employees from and against any and all suits, claims, losses, demands, or damages, of whatever kind or nature arising out of or claimed to arise out of the alleged violation. The contractor shall, at its own expense, appear, defend, and pay any and all charges for legal services and any and all costs and other expenses arising from such action or administrative proceeding or incurred in connection therewith. In any and all complaints brought pursuant to the owner’s grievance procedure, the contractor agrees to abide by any decision of the owner which is rendered pursuant to said grievance procedure. If any action or administrative proceeding results in an award of damages against the owner, or if the owner incurs any expense to cure a violation of the ADA which has been brought pursuant to its grievance procedure, the contractor shall satisfy and discharge the same at its own expense. The owner shall, as soon as practicable after a claim has been made against it, give written notice thereof to the contractor along with full and complete particulars of the claim, If any action or administrative proceeding is brought against the owner or any of its agents, servants, and employees, the owner shall expeditiously forward or have forwarded to the contractor every demand, complaint, notice, summons, pleading, or other process received by the owner or its representatives. It is expressly agreed and understood that any approval by the owner of the services provided by the contractor pursuant to this contract will not relieve the contractor of the obligation to comply with the Act and to defend, indemnify, protect, and save harmless the owner pursuant to this paragraph. It is further agreed and understood that the owner assumes no obligation to indemnify or save harmless the contractor, its agents, servants, employees and subcontractors for any claim which may arise out of their performance of this Agreement. Furthermore, the contractor expressly understands and agrees that the provisions of this indemnification clause shall in no way limit the contractor’s obligations assumed in this Agreement, nor shall they be construed to relieve the contractor from any liability, nor preclude the owner from taking any other actions available to it under any other provisions of the Agreement or otherwise at law.


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October 20, 2004 Revised Contract Language for BRC Compliance Goods and Services Contracts (including purchase orders) * Construction Contracts (including public works related purchase orders) N.J.S.A. 52:32-44 imposes the following requirements on contractors and all subcontractors that knowingly provide goods or perform services for a contractor fulfilling this contract: 1) the contractor shall provide written notice to its subcontractors and suppliers to submit proof of business registration to the contractor; *2) subcontractors through all tiers of a project must provide written notice to their subcontractors and suppliers to submit proof of business registration and subcontractors shall collect such proofs of business registration and maintain them on file; 3) prior to receipt of final payment from a contracting agency, a contractor must submit to the contacting agency an accurate list of all subcontractors and suppliers* or attest that none was used; and, 4) during the term of this contract, the contractor and its affiliates shall collect and remit, and shall notify all subcontractors and their affiliates that they must collect and remit to the Director, New Jersey Division of Taxation, the use tax due pursuant to the Sales and Use Tax Act, (N.J.S.A. 54:32B-1 et seq.) on all sales of tangible personal property delivered into this State. A contractor, subcontractor or supplier who fails to provide proof of business registration or provides false business registration information shall be liable to a penalty of $25 for each day of violation, not to exceed $50,000 for each business registration not properly provided or maintained under a contract with a contracting agency. Information on the law and its requirements is available by calling (609) 292-9292.



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COUNTY OF SOMERSET ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF ADDENDA The undersigned Bidder hereby acknowledges receipt of the following Addenda: ADDENDUM NUMBER ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ DATE ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT (Initial) ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________

Acknowledged for: (Name of Bidder) By: (Signature of Authorized Representative) Name: (Print or Type) Title: Date:



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