COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 7
August 14, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Chassis Specifications for 1999 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 1999
  models.

     AM TRAN          42-54-66-72-78-84  Passenger-Diesel, Air
                      Brake, Genesis, Transit Models; 66-72-78-84
                      Passenger-RE; 34-52-64 Passenger
                      Conventionals.

     BLUE BIRD        42-54-66-72-78-84 Passenger-TC2000, FE
                      transit models; 66-72-78 passenger-AARE
                      transit models; 34-52-64 Passenger-SBCV
                      models;  37 Passenger TSFE Model-TCEV
                      ELECTRIC.

     NAVISTAR         34-52-64 Passenger-Diesel, Hydraulic Brake
                      models, and 34-52-64 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. 25-42-53-65-71
                      Passenger-Vista Models;  34-52-64
                      Passenger-Conventional Models.

     FREIGHTLINER     34-52-64 Passenger Conventional Hydraulic,
                      Diesel.  34-52-64 Passenger Conventional
                      Air Brake, Diesel.

  The option codes shown for some specified items have been
  furnished by the manufacturer for the purpose of aiding dealers
  in preparing orders for production.  The option codes may not be
  complete and 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 that
  comply with standards and specifications rests with
  manufacturers and dealers.  The responsibility for purchasing
  buses that 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 chassis specifications should be directed to the Pupil
  Transportation Service, (804) 225-2037.

  PDS/aam

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