COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 11
August 30, 1996

REGULATORY

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Chassis Specifications for 1997 Model School Buses 

 
Pursuant to provisions of "Regulations Governing Pupil
Transportation and Minimum Standards for School Buses in
Virginia, July 1, 1994" the following approved specifications are
enclosed for certain makes of school bus chassis for 1997 models.

     AM TRAN             42-54-66-72-78-84  Passenger Diesel Air
                         Brake Genesis Transit Models.  66-72-78-84 RE

     BLUE BIRD           42-48-54-66-72-78-84 Passenger TC2000 FC
                         transit models. 66-72-78 passenger
                         TC2000 RE transit models.  84 passenger
                         AARE transit model.   34-52-64 Pass. 
                         SBCV models.  37 Pass TSFE Model-
                         Conventional Models.  TCEV ELECTRIC 

     NAVISTAR            34-52-64 Passenger Diesel Hydraulic
                         Brake models, and 52-64 passenger diesel
                         air brake conventional models.  41-53-65/71
                         passenger modified conventional
                         models 3600 series special needs
                         chassis.

     THOMAS              42-54-66-72-78-84 Passenger MVP-FE
                         Diesel Air Brake, and 66-72-78-84
                         passenger MVP-RE diesel air brake.  78
                         passenger MVP-RE CNG powered air brake
                         model.  34-52-64 Conv.


     CARPENTER           48-54-66-72-78 Transit Type Diesel Air
                         Brake.

     FORD                34-52-64 Pass Conv. Hydraulic
                         34-52-64 Pass Conv. Air Brake



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The option code (s) shown for some specified items has been
furnished by the manufacturer for the purpose of aiding dealers
in preparing orders for production.  The option codes may not be
complete and they are subject to frequent changes.   Dealers
should contact their chassis manufacturer's zone/district office
for the latest information on ordering codes.

The responsibility for manufacturing and selling buses which
comply with standards and specifications rests with manufacturers
and dealers.  The responsibility for purchasing buses which meet
requirements rests with division superintendents and local school
boards.

Specifications for other buses powered by compressed natural gas  
are being developed and will be available on a request basis. 
Requests for additional copies and information about the attached
specifications should be directed to the Pupil Transportation
Service, (804) 225-2037.

Regulation Authority:   22.1-177, Code of Virginia.

RTL/aam

Enclosures:    This memo and its enclosure will be sent to the
               superintendent's office.