COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 8
September 17, 1999

REGULATORY

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Chassis Specifications for 2000 Model School Buses


Pursuant to the provisions of the "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 2000 
year 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; 

NAVISTAR        34-52-64 Passenger-Diesel, Hydraulic 
                Brake Models, and 34-52-64 Passenger 
                Diesel, Air Brake 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; 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 attachment
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.