COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 8
July 11, 1997

REGULATORY

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Chassis Specifications for 1998 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 1998
  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 FE
                    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. 


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

     FREIGHTLINER   34-52-64 Pass Conv. Hydraulic-Pilot Only
                    52-64 Pass Conv. Air Brake -Pilot Only


  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:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.